2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mental Health Counseling Residencies

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Students in the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program (whether full-time or part-time) are required to attend and successfully complete two 6-day residencies: the first (Residency I) must be completed by the end of the third term and is a prerequisite for COUN 8723; and the second (Residency II) must be completed during the sixth, seventh, or eighth 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 II provides more detailed information regarding the field experience process from start to finish (e.g., application, approval processes, criminal background checks, memoranda of understanding).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of these residencies, 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. 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.