Residency MS in Addiction Studies

Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Residency requirements

Your master's program requires the completion of one residency embedded within a 10-week online course (ADD-R5941). 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.

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, 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, 7-day residency experience which includes your travel days with your faculty and other students in your program.

Residency activities include:

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

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 is scheduled so you can create quality work and complete tasks in the order necessary to progress through your program. On time completion of the residency can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.

Residency competencies

As you advance through the residency, 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 four-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.

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.

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

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