Workshops & Events & Educational Workshop

Workshops & Events

GSEAP - A Great Place for Professional Education Development and Events

Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions offers several workshops and special, intensive classes in Counselor Education, Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation, Educational Technology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, and Special Education throughout the year. All programs are on campus or at the Fairfield University Bookstore in Fairfield, CT.

To learn more, contact:

Linnea May, GSEAP Dean's Office
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2225

Please note: If you would like to take a course for graduate course credit, you must be an accepted student or apply for non-matriculated status which allows you to earn up to six credits before formally applying to a program. Please read our policies for more information.


Please check back in the Fall for more information on upcoming workshops.


Workshops are sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. For more information, contact the GSEAP Dean's Office at or call (203) 254-4250.



Unlock Your Potential Workshop Series

Workshop Leader

Dr. Paul Maloney headshotDr. Paul Maloney, assistant professor of the practice in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Fairfield's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, has led professional development workshops for many years. Dr. Maloney has consulted on organizational and human resource issues worldwide. His career includes senior level positions in management and organization development at NBC, Mobil, and PepsiCo.

Dr. Maloney's specialties include change management, communications, consulting skills, executive feedback and coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, and teambuilding and development. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Maloney served as a Lieutenant in the Navy. He is Past Commodore of The Black Rock Yacht Club and recently served a four year term as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Thomas Merton Center which serves needy individuals and families in Bridgeport.

"I attended Paul Maloney's Effective Presentation Skills workshop. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who has felt nervous during a presentation. The workshop included actual practice, immediate feedback, and supplied methods to improve your confidence, content, and overall effectiveness of a presentation." - Lisbeth T., Seymour, CT 



2018-2019 Workshop Schedule

Fall 2018


Presenting Strategically

"To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail." H. Belloc

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall - room 9

Often times a presentation in business can be the start of the climb up the ladder of success; or it may be the quick decline into oblivion. Careers frequently rise or fall on the basis of how someone presents. Today, presenters need to be adept not only at communicating clearly but also at strategy, tactics, presentation preparation, Q & A, and dealing with difficult audience members. Our workshop will focus on all of these topics and more. If you are concerned about making presentations, then this is the workshop for you!


Participants attending this program will be able to:

  • Identify the top ten mistakes presenters make
  • Develop a personal strategy
  • Apply the four key physical skills for presenting
  • Organize and prepare a presentation
  • Deal with Q&A and difficult audience members
  • Develop a personal action plan


Performance Coaching

"Probably my best quality as a coach is that I ask a lot of challenging questions and I let the person come up with the answer." Anon

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall - room 9

This program focuses upon the key principles, strategies, and techniques of performance coaching. Participants will learn to conduct a situational analysis, the application of the ABLE coaching model, effective coaching communications, coaching styles, coaching readiness, setting expectations, improving performance, and recognizing performance. Partiticipants will plan, practice, and receive feedback on their coaching through cases, discussion and role plays.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct a situational analysis
  • Specify the key principles for effective coaching
  • Identify the key communication techniques for effective coaching and dealing with difficult employees
  • Explain and apply the ABLE Coaching Model
  • Identify their strengths and areas for improvement
  • Establish an action plan for their own development


Spring 2019


Situational Leadership in Action: The Movie - Hoosiers

"Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team - no one more important that the other." - Coach Norman Dale

Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall - room 9

One of the most effective learning strategies is to observe and discuss leadership in action. This workshop focuses upon a review of Situational Leadership and the application of its principles and concepts to the movie, Hoosiers, based upon the team from Milan High School which went on to compete in the Indiana State Championship in basketball in 1954. Milan's opponent was Crispus Attucks High School of Indianapolis with future Hall of Famer, Oscar Robinson.

After attending the workshop, participants will be able to identify four key leadership styles and their demonstration in the movie and:

  • Specify when each style is appropriate
  • Identify follower readiness
  • Determine the negative consquences of applying the wrong style
  • Explain their own primary and secondary leadership styles
  • Action plan for their own development


Developing Resilience and Dealing with Change

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall - room 9

The one constant we can count upon is change. As the tempo of change continues to increase, it places greater and greater demands on our ability to respond effectively. Thus it is imperative that we understand and apply the principles of resilience - bouncing back from these changes and dealing with personal changes. Resilience is a skill that can be practiced and learned. There are certain caveats that must be understood and applied to ensure that resilience works for us.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key results of extensive and intensive change
  • Explain the impact of positive and disruptive stress
  • Define resilience and methods for developing it
  • Describe the caveats for applying resilience
  • Practice resilient behaviors using case studies
  • Develop an action plan for improving their resilience



All workshops are free and open to the public.

Workshops are sponsored by the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. For more information, contact the GSEAP Dean's Office at or call (203) 254-4250. 

Search Results