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Emotional Skills Assessment Process®

Front Covers of the ESAP® Assessment Vesions

The Emotional Skills Assessment Process® (ESAP®) is a cornerstone positive assessment instrument of Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc.  The instrument was created originally for students and educators in 1998 and now exists in four different forms.  The original 213-item education ESAP® is available online and also embedded in the instrument’s authors’ book.  Two parallel forms (ESAP-A/B®) may also used in pre- and posttest research designs.  Our shortest version, the ESAP-C®, or corporate version, was designed to engage employees meaningfully in business and work settings and includes an extended profile report for the self-guided or facilitated learning of ESAP skills.

Why Use the ESAP® in Education & Training Programs?

  • A positive self-assessment to identify current strengths and target areas for focused skill development and/or change of problematic behaviors
  • Research-derived with a long and substantive research base and integral for person-centered teaching and learning for self and leadership development
  • A valid and reliable measure of constructive thinking and emotional intelligence skills that engender effective and productive behaviors
  • ESAP skills profile is a map or guide for students to use for positive self development and provides the first essential step for the Emotional Learning System
  • Extensive research and experience over the last four decades suggest that skills and behaviors measured by ESAP are related to high achievement and healthy outcomes
  • ESAP profile is the visual and cognitive model for developing intelligent self-direction for learners in education and training programs
  • A reflective learning tool that is valid and reliably measures how we currently think about: (1) how we think, (2) how we identify, manage and express emotions, and (3) how we choose our behaviors
  • ESAP skills lead to intelligent self direction – the top priority skill for effective leadership and work in the 21st century
  • Doctoral research links emotional intelligence with academic achievement, college success, personal and organizational excellence
  • Research studies have identified the need to provide emotional intelligence instruction to improve levels of engagement in learning, academic achievement, program completion, and personal well-being
  • Emotional intelligence and transformative learning are essential for positive personal change. ESAP provides critical first explore step
  • ESAP is a learning tool and a positive assessment of current skills and provides a meaningful way to explore the key skills for high performance and healthy outcomes
  • ESAP is a tool for understanding how your emotions work and how to gain the positive contributions of the emotional mind
  • ESAP is organized around 4 skill competency areas: Interpersonal, Leadership, Self Management, and Intrapersonal Skills
  • Leads to adaptability, healthy adjustment, effective transitions for work and career
  • ESAP emotional intelligence skills are related to achievement, performance, healthy behaviors, leadership, and well-being
  • ESAP Interpersonal Skills teach the value and importance of healthy and effective relationships as keys to successful living and working.  The business of life is relationships and relationships are key to career, life, and leadership success
  • Leading with emotional intelligence requires a commitment to personal excellence and to learn and model key leadership ESAP skills of Social Awareness/Comfort, Empathy, Decision Making, and Positive Influence
  • ESAP Self Management Skills are essential for high achieving behaviors, attitudes, and intelligent self-direction.  Self Management skills are key to high goal achievement, personal responsibility, and character development
  • ESAP Intrapersonal Skills improve our overall outlook in life, quality of life, confidence, and survival skills.  Intrapersonal skills are essential for personal health, a sense of well-being, and managing the pressures and stress of daily life and work
  • ESAP and Personal Excellence Map are integrated in self and leadership programs. Personal Excellence Map and PEM 360 process for pursing personal excellence and leadership development in organizations are already used in military programs.

Education Institutions With Firsthand ESAP® Experience

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
  • Air University, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Coastal Bend College-Alice, Beeville, and Kingsville, Texas
  • College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas
  • Galveston College, Galveston, Texas*
  • Hallmark College, San Antonio, Texas
  • McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas*
  • San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas
  • San Jacinto College, Houston, Texas
  • Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, Texas
  • St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
  • South Texas College, McAllen, Texas
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
  • Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • United States Army Command and General Staff College
  • University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad

* Used as defining elements of the five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and accreditation process.