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Students at the 2017 Counseling residency event

Residency Requirements: Online Master’s in Counseling

Counseling’s strength lies in forming connections. And those relationships can best be developed in a face-to-face setting. That’s why SNHU’s CACREP-accredited online clinical mental health counseling master’s degree incorporates two in-person residencies into its program. 

To better prepare you for the face-to-face counseling environment, Southern New Hampshire University's online master's in clinical mental health counseling requires that students complete two in-person residencies. You'll work closely with SNHU instructors and fellow students to develop your identity as a counselor.

The residency is an exciting opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with peers and faculty, through one-on-one and small group sessions. The residency will enhance the learning process by allowing students to take their theoretical knowledge and apply it under the supervision and guidance of skilled clinical faculty.

Students must complete two five-day residencies, one in the first year of their program and one before they begin their practicum and internship courses.

Dr. Stacee Reicherzer, associate dean of counseling at SNHU, said,

I absolutely love the residency experience. It brings all that students are learning in their courses to a whole other level because they're getting real-time counseling practice. Also, the residency exposes students to new people, new ways of thinking, new ideas.

As counselor educators, we love interacting with our students face to face, watching first hand as they experience learning breakthroughs and develop in their roles as professional counselors. Sharing our experiences with and connecting to our students is the greatest reward of our profession.

The residency experience is truly one of the best memories a counseling student will take from their program of study.

Each residency is five days long and will require the student to travel to New Hampshire. Lodging and meals will be arranged by SNHU and covered under a separate residency fee. Student financial aid can be used to cover travel expenses.

The residencies are part of a full 10-week course (see descriptions below). The online instruction before and after the residency will be structured to prepare students to get the most out of the in-person experience.

These residencies consist of:

  • COU-540 Helping Skills and Techniques: Residency I: This course presents the basic skills and techniques that form the foundation of the counseling process. The course includes a five-day, in-person laboratory in which students meet with the counseling faculty for an intensive learning experience to practice and demonstrate their competence in these skills. (To be completed in the first year of the program.)
  • COU-690 Advanced Individual and Group Helping Skills and Techniques: Residency II: This course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their competence in integrating and applying the knowledge and skills acquired in the curriculum in preparation for the practicum experience. The course includes a five-day, in-person laboratory in which students will participate in a group counseling analog experience. (To be completed prior to the practicum.)