Fountain House Focuses on the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Robin Stern

On March 9, Fountain House hosted its Associates Spring Breakfast, titled “The Emotionally Intelligent Mom,” at the Cosmopolitan Club with speaker Dr. Robin Stern. At the event, Dr. Stern—the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence—discussed the psychology of self-awareness and showed the audience her proprietary Mood Meter App, which charts moods and allows children to easily understand a range of emotions and feelings. Her talk also examined how parents can help with their children’s emotional intelligence education.

Dr. Stern is a co-developer of RULER, an acronym that stands for the skills of emotional intelligence: recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions. At the Yale Center, Dr. Stern is a principal investigator for the RULER for Parents project, which aims to increase parent involvement in children’s emotional intelligence education. In addition, she works on High School RULER, adapting the curriculum for older students, and on a project to explore the intersection of self-awareness, emotion, and the arts.

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In collaboration with Facebook, Stern created a reporting process for cyberbullying incidents as well as a help center for bullied children. Currently, she is analyzing data from the project to gain a deeper understanding of cyberbullying. Dr. Stern is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over 25 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups.

Founded in 1948 on the premise that people can be active partners in their own recovery, Fountain House is one of the world’s leading mental health organizations, currently serving over 100,000 people with mental illness worldwide. In providing employment opportunities, supported education, safe and affordable housing and a community of mutual support for people living with serious mental illness, the goal of Fountain House is to ensure that members have the foundation to build healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. The effectiveness of the Fountain House model is widely recognized and has been replicated in more than 300 locations in 32 states, and more than 34 countries.

Recently, Fountain House was awarded the world’s largest and most prestigious humanitarian prize—the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize—which recognizes organizations whose aim is to alleviate human suffering. This is the first time a mental health organization has won this award.

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