Face-to-face residencies are held in convenient locations throughout the year and offer:

  • An orientation to the marriage, couple, and family counseling profession
  • Preparation for your field training
  • Skill development in individual and group counseling
  • Individual interaction with faculty members
  • Opportunities to share insights with students who share your interests
  • Academic advising

See the locations and dates of residencies that are available to current students.

Residency 1

Days: Six (Completed before the end of your fourth quarter and is a prerequisite for COUN 6723 Multicultural Counseling)

Format: Face-to-face workshops and group activities


  • Multicultural competencies
  • Orientation to the profession, licensure, and professional identity
  • Practicum and internship preparations
  • Skill development

Residency 2

Days: Six (Completed before the end of your eighth quarter and is a prerequisite for COUN 6671 Counseling Practicum)

Format: Face-to-face sessions, including a 10-hour group experience


  • Foundations of marriage, couple, and family counseling sessions
  • Career development
  • Consultation and supervision
  • Family dynamics, prevention and wellness, and working with children
  • Individual counseling skill development
  • Social change project

Residency Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate basic interviewing skills
  2. Apply multicultural competencies to basic counseling skills
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills of diverse and multicultural perspectives, and apply them to counseling practice
  4. Describe the process of professional identity development
  5. Provide constructive feedback on others’ counseling skills
  6. Present research focused on program development that includes components of consultation and evaluation
  7. Present collaborative research focused on social change
  8. Effectively lead groups and incorporate insight from practice as a member/counselor of a small group
  9. Utilize feedback to improve performance
  10. Demonstrate advanced counseling skills
  11. Apply multicultural and diversity competencies to advanced counseling skills
  12. Describe the process of preparing for field experience
  13. Prepare for the NCE, NCMHCE, or other licensure exams
  14. Prepare for eventual accrual of post-master’s experience toward licensure

For more information about how residencies enhance your academic experience, call 1-866-492-5336.

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