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Residential Institute

The MS Program in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online format) and School Counseling (online format) are pleased to offer mandatory Residential Institutes. Students studying from a distance will gain important professional engagement and develop critical core counseling skills!

Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling students will be required to complete a three-day residency experience (Friday afternoon-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.

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
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.

SCHOOL COUNSELING
After successful completion of the pre-requisite course PYCL 0503 Counseling Theories for School Counseling, the mandatory residency weekend will be required as a component of PYCL 0511 Introduction to Counseling Techniques in the Winter semester.

Additionally, after successful completion of the pre-requisite courses PYCL 0503 Counseling Theories for School Counseling and PYCL 0511 Introduction to Counseling Techniques, a second mandatory residency weekend will be required as a component of PYCL 0635 Group Theory and Practice in the Fall semester.

The semester long 3 credit courses (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.

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

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

Sunday:
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 2022
(Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus: October 7-9, 2022
  • Orlando Campus: October 21-23, 2022

Winter 2023
(Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling)

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus: February 10-12, 2023
  • Orlando Campus: February 17-19, 2023

Summer 2023
(Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling)

  • Fort Lauderdale/Davie and Orlando Campuses: June 9-11, 2023

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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Orlando

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