Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

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This course is based on research-informed theories of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and social-emotional learning in relation to the understanding, development, and practical application of social-emotional competencies in the workplace. As teaching is a job of high emotional labour, this EI training program is aimed at building the capacity to manage the everyday challenges of the classroom by teaching a variety of emotional intelligence skills and strategies that can developed over time.

Topics/ Keywords

Emotional Intelligence, teacher efficacy, stress management, personal well being

Learning Outcomes

This course acts as a resource for all teachers to increase their awareness of their emotional strengths and growth areas and to build up a variety of emotional skills, such as emotion regulation, and the understanding of one’s and others’ emotions, which can improve their classroom efficacy. It can also lead to a reduction in stress associated with teaching and improved health and wellbeing.


Session 1 - Monday 15th April 2024 - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST
  • Overview of Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
  • Overview of occupational stress 
Session 2 - Monday 22nd April 2024 - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST
  • Consequences of occupational stress and linking stress to the EI facets
  • Understanding your Emotional Intelligence
Session 3 - Monday 29th April - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST
  • Developing Emotional Self-Awareness and Emotional Expression
  • Developing the capacity to identify and understand our emotional reactions. Improving the level of emotional functioning and its presentation in the classroom.
Session 4 - Monday 6th May 2024 - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST
  • Developing emotional management
  • Learning how to regulate emotions in a sustainable manner, especially in situations that can prove overwhelming in the classroom. Explore strategies to be more efficient in the use of personal resources when managing the class.
Session 5  - Monday 13th May 2024 - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST
  • Developing Emotional Management of Others 
  • Improving the ability to detect and manage the emotions experienced by students in the classroom. Put strategies in place that optimise reactions to a wide range of emotions in learning.
Booster Session - Monday 3rd June - 16.00 - 18.00 CEST 
  • Review of Previous Learning and reflection of changed habits and problem solving strategies used within the 5 initial weeks. 

Please note, all course times shown are CEST. Convert to your time zone

About the Speakers

Ashley Vesely Maillefer is a Canadian-trained psychologist-psychotherapist, currently registered in Switzerland. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has clinical experience in various settings, including, tertiary inpatient, university clinic, private practice, outpatient mental health (child and adult), paediatric health psychology service, family justice, as well as in multiple school boards. 

Dr. Maillefer has been doing research on Emotional Intelligence (EI) since 2009. Her doctoral dissertation (2011-2016) investigated the means through which EI skills can be used to enhance teaching. She then undertook a 2-year post-doctoral research position at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) looking at EI in the context of organizational behavior. Alongside her research and clinical work, she has also held teaching positions at multiple Canadian universities as well as at UNIL and the University of Neuchatel. Dr. Maillefer  continues to publish research in the area of EI.


Dr. Marina Fiori earned a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (US). In the last 13 years she has been conducting research and teaching at the Institute of Psychology and the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, and at EHL Hospitality Business School.

She is currently Professor at the Swiss Federal University of Vocational Education and Training (SFUVET), where she directs a group of researchers in the research field ‘Learning processes and support’. Dr. Fiori received two grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, one of which is currently ongoing, on the topic of emotional intelligence. Her domain of expertise is socio-emotional competences.

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