MS Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling General Mental Health Counseling specialization
Your master’s program requires the completion of 2 residential colloquia and the corresponding courses (COUN5930 and COUN5931). 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 1.877.269.7780 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.
Each residential colloquium begins with an online course, including self-paced modules, assignments, and assessments. The course opens approximately 3 weeks prior to the residency. Next in the process is an in-person weekend residency experience, followed by completion of a companion course in the following quarter, providing the opportunity to use the skills acquired at residency.
Your Residency Experience
For each residency requirement, you will complete online components and attend an in-person, 6-day residency experience 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:
- 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 colloquia requirements, timing is key. Your coursework builds the foundation for your colloquia and your experience at colloquia will keep you on track in your program. Your colloquia 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 colloquia tracks can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.
What You’ll Learn—and When
Enhance your understanding a practice of fundamental skills in the counseling professions.
After all Track 1 residency colloquium online courseroom activities have been completed.
Build upon experiences from Track 1 and introduce opportunities for more advanced practice of clinical skills in the counseling profession.
After all Track 2 residency colloquia online courseroom activities have been completed.
Find out how each track fits into your overall program plan with a sample course sequence.
As you advance through the residency tracks, you will gain mastery in each of these critical areas:
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.
Developing direction in counseling through setting realistic and achievable goals with clients.
Explore how theory supports key interventions with clients. Additional Focus on group leadership, group facilitation, group planning, and group interventions.
Practicing skills with crisis-related counseling situations, including suicide assessment and appropriate responses.
Residency Costs and Financing
The registration cost for each residency is $1,495. Included in this cost are all session activities and instructions as well as continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks, beginning on the first full day. 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 and offers a Colloquium Payment Deferral Agreement for those who qualify. 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 1.877.269.7780.
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 1.877.269.7780 to learn about upcoming colloquia 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.