Residency Information

Residency CNDV 5380 is a required course in the School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage Couples and Family Counseling programs. Clinical Mental Health students are required to attend residency twice. Ideally, Residency I 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 five-week Blackboard course, inclusive of a face-to-face meeting on the campus of Lamar University, in which you participate in skills labs learning modules, advising and group projects. In residency, you will 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, you should contact your faculty advisor to attend the next group advising session.

Course Start Dates

Fall 2021: October 4 - November 7
Skills Week for CMHC & MCFC Students
8 a.m. – October 18
through
1 p.m. – October 22

Skills Week for School Counseling Students
8 a.m. – October 21
through
5 p.m. – October 24

Spring 2022: February 28 - April 3
Skills Week for School Counseling, CMHC and MCFC Students
8 a.m. - March 7
through
1 p.m. - March 11

Summer I 2022 Five-Week Online Course: May 31-July 3
Face to Face Skills Labs Week at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
8 a.m. - June 20
through
1 p.m. - June 24

Summer II 2022 Five-Week Online Course: July 11 - August 14
Face to Face Skills Labs Week at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
8 a.m. - July 18
through
1 p.m. - July 22


Residency FAQs

When do students need to attend residency?

You should plan to attend residency after your third course in the program.

How am I registered to residency?

You should not enroll in residency unless you complete the residency application that is provided each semester. This application is posted in all Program Resource Blackboard courses the semester prior to the upcoming residency. 

How to Apply for Residency  

  • Locate the page to apply for residency by going to your Program Resources course in Blackboard. You are placed in the residency course depending on highest need to graduate.
  • Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:
    • Oct. 1 for Spring residency. Notifications are sent by Jan. 1
    • Feb. 1 for Summer residency. Notifications are sent by April 1
    • June 1 for Fall residency. Notifications are sent by Aug. 1 
You are permitted to take the residency course concurrent with another five-week course, as long as the total number of course credit hours do not exceed 12. 

What happens after I apply to residency?

After you submit the residency application, you will receive an email notification to confirm whether your application was approved. Please note that this confirmation will be sent after the deadline has passed and all applications are received. If you are approved for residency, you will be automatically registered for the course, which begins on the regular five-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 five-week online course and are required, in addition to the week-long meetings on campus.

Where does residency occur?

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

You are responsible for transportation to and from the campus if staying in a local hotel. Some hotels offer a shuttle service to the LU campus.

How do I get to residency?

Lamar University is in Beaumont, Texas. The campus is not far from Interstate 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?

Residency begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and concludes by 1 p.m. on Friday that week. You are expected to be punctual, and attendance at every session is mandatory.

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, students have arrived the evening before residency begins in order to be present at the mandatory 8 a.m. session on Monday. You may schedule your departure from Beaumont any time after 1 p.m. 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. You are responsible to schedule your own accommodations and transportation. 

A block of rooms has been reserved for you at the Elegante Hotelinclusive of daily breakfast. To reserve, please say you are a student with LU 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 and jeans are fine.

How does counseling skill development occur at residency?

Residency I students focus on beginning counseling skills. You are not expected to come in with any advanced skills. You are divided into triads and will present for taping with your triad. Each student in the triad will take the role of client, counselor and observer. While in the role as counselor, you will be taped and will be given feedback from the other triad members and the faculty supervisor. While not taping, you 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. You also participate in 10 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, you 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, where 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 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 luacademic@lamar.edu. Your faculty advisor can provide you with more information about course content and student expectations.