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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 main campus in Ft Lauderdale 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 compentencies 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.


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.

  • Fort Lauderdale Campus: February 15-17, 2019
  • Orlando Campus: February 22-24, 2019
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