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Residency Clinical Counseling

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Residency Requirements

Your master’s program requires the completion of 3 residencies  (PSY-R6313, PSY-R6230, PSY-R7545). These residency experiences allow 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 ten-week online course, including self-paced modules, assignments, and assessments. The course begins at the start of each quarter. The 7-day in-person residency, which includes travel days, is held within that quarter. 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 travel days, with your faculty and other students in your program. During each weekend experience, you can expect to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback.

Residency activities include:

  • Mini-lectures
  • 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 residencies and your experience at residency will keep you on track in your program. Your residency course 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 three residency tracks can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.

What You’ll Learn—and When


Track 1


1. Basic interviewing skills: Obtain necessary information while putting the client at ease, show empathy, paraphrase thoughts, focus on salient information.

2.  Advanced interviewing skills: Summarize deeper meaning, set treatment goals, challenge clients, use immediacy and self-disclosure.

3.  Crisis Management: Deal confidently and effectively with crisis situations, including lethality assessment.

4.  Diversity: Sensitivity to cultural perspectives.

5.  Ethics: Understand ethical issues that may arise

Track 2


1.  Administer psychological tests

2.  Score psychological tests

3.  Understand and apply basic principles of interpretation.

Track 3


1.  Analyze how spirituality, gender socialization, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, life experiences, and other cultural factors influence the practice of counseling and therapy.

2.  Enhance cultural competency by understanding how one's own cultural background, identity, experiences, attitudes, values, and biases may influence psychological processes and make efforts to correct any prejudices or biases

3.  Know the American Psychological Association Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations and the Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Clients and incorporate this knowledge when working with culturally diverse clients.

4.  Describe key characteristics of at least three major cultures/identities, how they impact on the counseling/therapeutic relationship, and specific interventions appropriate to these populations.

5.  Discuss how traditional theory can be adapted with diverse populations.

Describe factors that might transcend all cultures.



Residency Competencies

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

Scholarly Communication

Identify and cultivate academic communication skills in verbal and written interactions.

Interviewing Skills

Obtain necessary information while putting the client at ease, show empathy, paraphrase thoughts, focus on salient information. Summarize deeper meaning, set treatment goals, challenge clients, use immediacy and self-disclosure.

Crisis Management

Deal confidently and effectively with crisis situations, including lethality assessment.

Ethics and Diversity Training

Gain sensitivity to cultural perspectives and understand ethical issues that may arise.

Administration and Scoring

Learn how to effectively administer, score, and interpret appropriate psychological testing to gain relevant insight.

Residency Costs and Financing

Residency is part of the 5-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.

Ready for the next step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.