Applied Psychology: Dealing with Change

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 3, 2010

On Saturday, January 30, Fairfield hosted a one-day workshop designed to assist managers and employees in understanding change and dealing with its impact. Dr. Paul Maloney, workshop leader, is a visiting assistant professor in industrial and organizational psychology at Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP). The workshop focused on devising strategies and skills in order to adapt and deal with change, and learning how to handle stressful situations.

Dr. Maloney stressed communication and identifying common ways people resist change. He emphasized the importance of de-stressing techniques and identifying the crisis stages people face during the change process. Dr. Maloney then invited discussion on how to deal with stress and changes, and split the workshop participants into small groups to discuss their own ways of handling and coming to terms with change.

The workshop was well-rounded and thought-provoking, and attendees seemed to be learning much in a short period of time. Many left with a better grasp on how to deal with stress and change in their lives, as well as some life advice on how to be more resilient in an ever-changing environment.

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