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Your Master of Social Work program requires the completion of two residencies. These residencies allow you to interact with fellow students and faculty in person to gather important information to help you through your program, and to integrate social work theories and methods with social work best practice basic skills.
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.
Each residency is embedded within a 10-week online course, including
self-paced modules, assignments, and assessments. The course begins at
the start of each quarter. The 6-day, in-person residency, which
includes travel days, is held within that quarter. The in-person
residency provides the opportunity to apply the skills learned during
For each residency, you will complete an online course and attend an in-person, 6-day residency, which includes your travel days with faculty and other students in your program. During each residency, you can expect to consult with faculty to receive direction and feedback.
Residency activities include:
Special accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, mobility
assistance, extra time in the courseroom) can be made for students who
need additional support.
Residencies are designed in a sequential format that allows you to augment your online coursework. The residency experience gives you the time to collaborate and build a strong learning community—a factor that can help strengthen and maintain your motivation to keep you 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. Each residency is sequenced within your degree program so you can create quality work and be prepared to gain the most from it
MSW-R5004 Micro Social Work Practice (Track 1)
In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the knowledge, values, and skills required for generalist social work practice. You’ll apply a strengths-based perspective to planned change and problem-solving processes, using technology to demonstrate leadership and evaluation-of-practice techniques. You’ll also conceptualize how to effectively enhance the well-being of people and ameliorate the environmental conditions that adversely affect them. During the residency, you’ll engage in a face-to-face residency that integrates social work theories and methods with social work best practice.
MSW-R5014 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice (Track 2)
In this course, you’ll develop and demonstrate advanced generalist best practice and leadership skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation grounded in social work values and ethics, social justice, human rights, cultural competence, policy practice, the integration of technology, and evidence-based practice. During the residency, you’ll engage in a face-to-face residency that integrates social work theories and methods with social work best practice.
As you advance through the residency tracks, you will gain mastery in each of these critical areas:
Identify and cultivate academic communication skills in verbal and written interactions.
Obtain necessary information while putting the client at ease, showing empathy, paraphrasing thoughts, and focusing on salient information. Summarize deeper meaning, set treatment goals, challenge clients, use immediacy and self-disclosure.
Deal confidently and effectively with crises, including lethality assessment.
Gain sensitivity to cultural perspectives and understand ethical issues that may arise.
Learn how to effectively administer, score, and interpret appropriate psychological testing to gain relevant insight.
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.
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, Arlington, and Phoenix.
While you are free to travel with friends and family, only students are able to attend sessions and meals. Childcare is not provided.