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Residency Requirements

Your master’s program requires the completion of 2 residencies and the corresponding prerequisite courses. Residency allows you to interact with fellow students and faculty in person, to gather important information to help you through your program, and to learn and practice basic skills in your specialization area.

Taking time from your work and family can be a challenge, but the value you will gain from this experience is immeasurable. In fact, Capella students tell us much of their success is a direct result of the time and effort put into their residency experience.

To learn more, call 866.283.8039 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Residency Structure

Each residency is embedded within a six-week online course, including self-paced modules, assignments, and assessments. The course opens approximately three weeks prior to the in-person residency (which includes six days of academic curriculum and an additional day of travel), and finishes two weeks after the residency. The in-person residency experience provides the opportunity to apply the skills learned during pre-requisite courses.

Your Residency Experience

For each residency requirement, you will complete online components and attend an in-person residency experience (which includes six days of academic curriculum and an additional day of travel) with your faculty and other students in your program. During your residency you can expect to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and help as well as participate in peer review sessions.

Residency activities include:

  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Small and large group exercises
  • Role play and simulation

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Special accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, mobility assistance, extra time in the courseroom) can be made for students who need additional support.

Residency: Your Roadmap to Success

Residencies are designed in an optimized, sequential format that allows you to augment your online coursework. The residency experiences give you the time to collaborate and build a strong learning community – a factor that can help strengthen and maintain motivation so that you'll continue moving toward your degree.

When it comes to your residency requirements, timing is key. Your coursework builds the foundation for your residency and your experience at residency will keep you on track in your program. Your residency tracks are scheduled so you can create quality work and complete all tasks for each track before moving on to the next one. On time completion of the residency tracks can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.

What You’ll Learn—and When

Track 1

Enhance your understanding by practice of fundamental skills in the marriage and family counseling and therapy professions.

After completing COUN5820

Track 2

Build upon experiences from Track 1 and introduce opportunities for more advanced practice of marriage and family counseling and therapy profession.

After completing COUN5822

Find out how each track fits into your overall program plan with a sample course sequence.

Residency Competencies

As you advance through the residency tracks, you will gain mastery in each of these critical areas:

Relationship Building

Joining with clients through use of core facilitative conditions including use of empathy, rapport building, demonstrating positive regard, and appropriate non-verbal behaviors and communications.

Assessment and Diagnosis

Assessing client concerns through appropriate use of questions, interviewing strategies, and basic assessment techniques and effectively using diagnosis strategies.

Goal Setting

Developing direction in counseling through setting realistic and achievable goals with clients.

Theoretically–based Counseling

Explore how theory supports key interventions with clients. Additional Focus on group leadership, group facilitation, group planning, and group interventions.

Crisis Intervention

Practicing skills with crisis-related counseling situations, including suicide assessment and appropriate responses.

Residency Costs and Financing

Residency is part of the 4-credit course tuition. Included are lab activities as well as continental breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks on each full day of the in-person residency experience. Additional costs include airfare, lodging, evening meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

It is possible to finance your residency using Stafford and GradPLUS loan funds. Capella also accepts all major credit cards and checks. Additionally, Capella has partnered with Delta Air Lines to provide special discounts for Capella events.

To view an estimate of your total tuition (excluding travel costs) and a sample course sequence, calculate your costs and graduation date.

Questions about costs and financing? Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 866.283.8039.

Residency Locations

Residencies are offered throughout the U.S. at alternating locations each year, and are held at hotel conference centers. To reduce travel costs, locations are chosen based the number of Capella students in the area. Past locations have included Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, and Arlington.

Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 866.283.8039 to learn about upcoming residency dates and locations.

While you are free to travel with friends and family, only students are able to attend sessions and meals. Childcare is not provided.