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

MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Residencies


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Students in the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program are required to attend and successfully complete two 6-day residencies.

Descriptions

Residency 1

This residency is designed to provide students with an opportunity for skill development and supervision; faculty and peer interactions; and additional information focused on counselor multicultural competence. Throughout 6-day residencies, students will participate in cultural competence and field experience workshops, skill development laboratories, and group projects. In addition, each student participates in academic advising with a faculty member at the residency. 

In Residency 1, students will develop the skills and multicultural competencies they need to counsel couples and families. Students can also prepare for their field experience 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: Workshops and group activities.

Residency 2

This residency is designed to help ensure that students are adequately prepared to start the counseling practicum. To that end, students continue their foundations of professional counseling sessions (career development, consultation and supervision, and psychopharmacology); go through a 10-hour group experience; participate in individual counseling skill development; and complete a social change project.  Students at this residency will participate in reflecting teams as a part of the skill development. All students at this residency will also participate in academic advising with a program faculty member. 

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

  • Timing: To be completed between the 6th and 8th quarters.
  • Format: Face-to-face sessions, including a 10-hour group experience.

Learning Outcomes

Residency 1

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