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.
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 7-day in-person residency, which includes travel days, 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 a 7-day in-person residency experience (which includes your travel days) 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
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 residencies 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.
What You’ll Learn—and When
Develop and practice fundamental clinical skills that will prepare you to work with students in individual counseling sessions in schools.
After completing COUN5338
Enhance the skills you learned in Track 1 by incorporating advanced clinical skills and approaches to the practice of individual and group counseling.
After completing COUN5279
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:
Relationship Building and Theoretically-Based Counseling
Build the counseling relationship while you gather information about your client, using empathy, active listening, and basic attending skills. Enhance the counseling relationship through the use of theoretically-based approaches and interventions that facilitate client awareness, growth, and change.
Assessment and Goal Setting
Use questions to help clients tell their story, elicit more information, and determine concerns. Determine realistic and achievable directions in counseling by co-constructing goals with clients.
Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention
Practice skills in addressing crisis and responding to trauma, including risk for suicide or self-injurious behavior.
Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Relevance
Examine the ethical codes and legal standards of the counseling profession and apply them to real scenarios. Gain awareness and skills for working with diverse students, parents, and staff.
Roles of the School Counselor
Explore the varied and complex roles of the school counselor in working with individuals, groups, the school, and community in supporting student success.
Grow personally and professionally by critically reflecting on biases, values, assumptions, and skills.
Use academic and professional language to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal interactions.
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.
With planning, it is possible to finance your residency with Federal financial aid, such as Stafford or Graduate PLUS loans (please note that PLUS loan eligibility is dependent upon a credit check). 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 1.844.374.3567.
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 1.844.829.2242 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.