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Residential Institute

The MS Program in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online format) is pleased to announce the Residential Institute mandatory for new online students entering in the fall 2018. Students studying from a distance will gain important professional engagement and develop critical core counseling skills!

Online counseling students will be required to complete a three-day residency experience (Friday morning-Sunday afternoon). Options will be provided to complete the residency at either the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus or the NSU Regional Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Through this face-to-face experiential requirement, faculty will engage with students in competency and readiness evaluations. In addition, students will be able to do small group activities, receive personal individual instruction, feedback, and mentoring to hone skills, learn about professional networking advisement and mentoring, as well as learn about the very important required clinical field experiences, protocols, and professional expectations.

After successful completion of PYCL 0502 Counseling Theories and Practice in a previous term, the mandatory residency will be part of PYCL 0511, Introduction to Counseling Techniques, typically taken in the second semester of the program. PYCL 0511 is one counseling program’s four requisite courses for degree candidacy (matriculation); thus, it represents an important assessment and benchmarking opportunity in a supportive small classroom environment. Students will be required to pass the course and associated competencies in order to matriculate and proceed in the program.

The semester long 3 credit course (offered through the Canvas platform) will include:

  • 3 synchronous (live videoconference) pre-scheduled online class meetings throughout the term,
  • asynchronous instruction (e.g., recorded lectures, discussion boards, quizzes, papers),
  • and a three day face to face Residential Institute, held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in between weeks 5-8 of the semester term.

Students should expect weekly discussion board interactions and assigned readings supported by online synchronous videoconference learning opportunities throughout the duration of the course. Click HERE for the RI acknowledgement form.


Welcome Celebration and Orientation to the Counseling Profession 1 pm - 2 pm
Class meeting times 2 pm - 6 pm
Light fare provided

Class Meeting: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Box lunch included

Class Meeting: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Individual faculty meeting time will be available at multiple points throughout the weekend.
**Given the intensive nature of Residential Institute, in person attendance for all scheduled sessions of the live classroom weekend is required for successful completion of the PYCL 511 course.

Fall 2021

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus: October 1-3, 2021
  • Orlando Campus: October 22-24, 2021

Winter 2022

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus: February 11-13, 2022 
  • Orlando Campus: February 18-20, 2022 

Summer 2022

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie and Orlando Campuses: June 10-12, 2022

Light fare will be provided Friday and a boxed lunch will be provided Saturday. Students are responsible for all other meals, their own hotel reservations, and transportation to and from campus or the airport.

You may check with your hotel for shuttle services that they may offer.

Fort Lauderdale/Davie

Please be aware that there is free shuttle service available between Fort Lauderdale International Airport and NSU. Please consult South Florida Commuter Services for more information. For other shuttle information, please refer to the various airport websites.

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