2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
    Sep 17, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Residencies


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Students in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (whether full-time or part-time) are required to attend and successfully complete two 6-day residencies: the first (Residency 1) must be completed by the end of the 3rd term and is a prerequisite for COUN 8723; and the second (Residency 2) must be completed during the 6th, 7th, or 8th term of enrollment and is a prerequisite for COUN 6671. These residencies are designed to provide students with

  • An orientation to the mental health counseling profession
  • Preparation for field training and thesis research and writing
  • Face-to-face interactions with academic advising
  • Venues for in-person peer and instructor interactions
  • Opportunities for experiential skill development, including critiques in both individual and group counseling sessions

Both residencies offer information on preparing for the practicum and internship; Residency 2 provides more detailed information regarding the field experience process from start to finish (e.g., application, approval processes, criminal background checks, memoranda of understanding).

Descriptions

Residency 1

In Residency 1, students will develop the skills and multicultural competencies they need for counseling. Students can also prepare for their practicum and internship and attend faculty and academic advising sessions.

  • Timing: Can be completed as soon as students begin their program; should be completed before the end of the 3rd quarter.
  • Format: Face-to-face workshops and group activities.

Residency 2

Residency 2 explores advanced clinical skill building in addition to continued mental health counseling skill development. Students will also participate in 10 hours of group work. In addition, students will consult with faculty members and academic advisors about their progress in the program and their preparation for licensure exams.

  • Timing: To be taken betweenthe students’ 6th and 8th quarters.
  • Format: Face-to-face sessions, including a 10-hour group experience.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this residency, students will be able to:

  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. Effectively lead groups and incorporate insight from practice as a member/counselor of a small group.
  7. Utilize feedback to improve performance.
  8. Demonstrate advanced counseling skills.
  9. Describe the process of preparing for field experience.
  10. Prepare for eventual accrual of post-Master’s experience toward licensure.

Residency 2

At the end of this residency, students will be able to: 

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

Residency Session Abstracts

Residency Session Abstracts—MS