Residency Information

Residency CNDV 5380 is a required course in the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. Clinical Mental Health Students are required to attend Residency twice. Ideally, Residency 1 is taken between your fourth and eighth course and Residency II (Clinical Mental Health Counseling only) is taken after your eighth course and before practicum.

Residency is a 5-week Blackboard course inclusive of a face-to-face meeting on the campus of Lamar University in which you participate in learning modules, skill development, advising, and group projects. In Residency, you'll receive personal feedback with respect to counseling skills and professional development.

You should plan ahead for the cost of travel, meals, and lodging. Financial aid packages include additional funds to pay for associated educational costs such as Residency. There will be no additional conference fees associated with the course. For more information about Residency, you should contact your Faculty Advisor to attend the next group advising session.

Course Start Dates

Spring 2019: 2/25/19 - 3/31/19
Beaumont, TX - Face to Face
8 am - March 18, 2019
1 pm - March 22, 2019

Summer I 2019: 6/3/19 - 7/8/19
Beaumont, TX - Face to Face
8 am - June 24, 2019
1 pm - June 28, 2019

Summer II 2019: 7/22/19 - 7/26/19
Beaumont, TX - Face to Face
8 am - July 22, 2019
1 pm - June 26, 2019

Residency FAQs

When do students need to attend Residency?

Students should plan to attend Residency I after their third course in the program.

How am I registered to Residency?

Students are not enrolled in Residency unless they apply in TK20. Before you apply, be sure to note the start dates of each 5-week Blackboard Residency course and the dates for the face-to-face meeting on the campus of Lamar University.

How to Apply for Residency 2017-2018

  • Locate the link to apply for residency by going to your Resources Section of your current course or to your program handbook. 

Students are placed in the Residency course depending on highest need to graduate.

*Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

November 1 for Spring Residency [or until filled]. Notifications are sent by January 1

February 1 for Summer Residency [or until filled]. Notifications are sent by April 1

June 1 for Fall Residency [or until filled]. Notifications are sent by August 1

Students are permitted to take the Residency course concurrent with another 5-week course as long as the total number of course credit hours do not exceed 12 credit hours.

What happens after I apply to Residency?

After you apply, you will need to wait for your approval on the above dates through TK20. You will not receive an email, so be sure to check your TK20 application status after the notification date. Then, you will be automatically registered for the course which begins on the regular 5-week start date listed on the course schedule.

Be prepared to begin the course online before the face-to-face meeting on campus. Assignments begin in Week 1 of the 5-week online course and are required in addition to the week/weekend meetings.

Where does Residency occur?

Residency takes place on the Lamar University. The check-in and general hub are located at the College of Education and Human Development. Here's a campus map.

Students are responsible for transportation to and from the campus if staying in a local hotel. Some hotels offer a shuttle service to the Lamar University Campus.

How do I get to Residency?

Lamar University is in Beaumont, Texas. The campus is not far from Interstate Highway 10. If you plan to fly, the closest major airports are in Houston. Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports are each approximately 100 miles from Beaumont, and each offers shuttle and bus service to Beaumont.

The closest regional airport is Jack Brooks Regional Airport. While the regional airport is 10 minutes away, there are only limited flights available.

What time should I plan to be at Residency and what time does it end?

The School Counseling Residency will begin on a Thursday morning at 9:00am and conclude on a Sunday evening at 5:00pm. School Counseling students begin each day at 9:00am and conclude at 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 5:00pm on Sunday.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Residency begins on a Sunday evening at 5:00pm and concludes on a Friday afternoon at noon. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students begin each day at 9:00am and conclude at 7:30pm Monday-Thursday and noon on Friday.

When do I need to arrive and when do I depart?

Be sure to schedule your travel time to allow for the program schedule. Typically, School Counseling students arrive the Wednesday evening before the Thursday 8:00am start. Plan your departure for after 5:00pm Sunday or the following morning.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students typically arrive to Beaumont early Sunday afternoon for a 5:00pm start and schedule departure for any time after noon on Friday.

If you are planning to fly into Houston, schedule plenty of time to commute to one of the major airports and ample check-in time. Direct flights to Beaumont should also be scheduled accordingly.

Where do students stay?

There are also numerous hotels in the Beaumont area. The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information about local hotels and other points of interest in the Beaumont area. Students are responsible to schedule their own accommodations and transportation. 

A block of rooms has been reserved for you at the Elegante Hotel inclusive of daily breakfast. To reserve, please say you are a student with Lamar University Residency and ask for the block room rate. 

What is the dress code for Residency?

The dress code for residency is business casual. Dress code for Orientation is casual. We want you to be comfortable as you will be doing a lot of sitting around and absorbing. Ties are not necessary. Jeans are fine.

How does counseling skill development occur at Residency?

Residency I students focus on beginning counseling skills. These students are not expected to come in with any advanced skills. Students are divided into triads and will present for taping with their triad. Each student in the triad will take the role of client, counselor, and observer. While in the role as counselor, the student will be taped and will be given feedback from the other triad members and the faculty supervisor. While not taping, all students will participate in skill development sessions with the skills coordinator.

Residency II (Clinical Mental Health Counseling only) students focus on advanced and group counseling skills. The triad system works much the same as in Residency I, with the emphasis on more advanced skills. Students also participate in 10 clock hours of group counseling, with each being evaluated on their group leadership skills.

What does the day-to-day schedule look like at Residency?

Residency is an intensive experience that is designed to build knowledge, awareness, and skills in mental health counseling. In order to accomplish learning objectives, students participate in counseling skill building activities for the majority of each day. Other workshops include behavioral health and integrated health care topics, delivery services in school counseling, supervision and the field experience, and overall professional identity.

The cumulating activity of Residency is a group Advocacy Poster Presentation, whereby you will work with a group on a topic important to your communities to address gaps in services, access, or resources relating to your profession. This project is presented to faculty and peers in a research poster presentation format to be scored on professional communication skills, knowledge, and teamwork.

What do I do if I have additional questions about Residency?

Send your questions about the timelines to apply to Residency and the enrollment or drop process to Your Faculty Advisor can provide you with more information about course content and student expectations.