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About this Page

The online learning program at the Graduate School is interactive.  Besides group activities and assignments, our online program requires students to participate two residencies, which occur in IR-606 and IR-708.

On this page, you will learn about residency, such as

  • Definition - What is Residency?

    • Academic Courses​

    • FT and PT Students

    • Attendance

  • Logistical Information

What is Residency?

Residency is an intense three and a half-day learning experience that typically brings our online students in the Integrated Recovery: Co-Occurring Disorders (IRCOD) program to the campus of the Graduate School to learn from their professors and fellow students.  It's an in-person, real-time, face-to-face learning experience where students practice introductory counseling skills and basic motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral, and twelve-step facilitation techniques. 

If you have completed your first residency, you are probably thinking, "Why is this information here?  I already know what residency is."  Even if you have already completed one residency, each residency experience is very distinct and there has most likely been a time lapse between your first and second residency. 

Academic Courses Associated with Residencies


Each residency is embedded in a specific course in the IRCOD program.  These courses are delivered in the asynchronous online format for the first five weeks of the semester and the last 8 weeks of the semester.  During the sixth week of the semester, students typically travel to MN to attend class on-campus for the residency experience. 

Courses involved with residency:

  • Residency I is embedded in IR-606: Individual Counseling for Co-Occurring Disorders.

  • Residency II is embedded in IR-708: Group Counseling for Co-Occurring Disorders.


Full-time vs. Part-time Students and Residency

Residency is going to come up for full-time and part-time students differently because of their course outline/program schedule.

*Note* If you take classes out of order or have vacillated between full-time and part-time student status, you should consult with your advisor about when to take the courses associated with a residency.


To review course outlines for Full-Time and Part-Time IRCOD students, see Populi Files (located in the black bar area of Populi at the very top of your window) and then open the folder, "Shared with Everyone." The two documents you can reference are:


  • MAAC-IRCOD Degree - Full-time Course Outline_Winter 2020 admission and after  

  • MAAC-IRCOD Degree - Part-time Course Outline_Winter 2020 admission and after

Attendance/Not Completing Residency

Each residency is a part of a specific class in the IRCOD program. Both of these classes are worth three (3) credits. Therefore, successfully completing residency is directly connected to the credits that you will earn for that specific course. In terms of your grades, you cannot successfully complete IR-606 or IR-708 without completing the residency associated with the course.

If you cannot complete residency for any reason, you may be required to make it up. This doesn't mean that if you are struggling to complete the experience, you should hide that from your academic advisor, residency professor, or the student success coordinator. Please be honest about whether or not you are struggling while at residency as your health is our priority.

If you do need to postpone residency due to illness or another personal conflict, we will discuss how you can successfully complete the residency requirements.

Logistical Residency Information

On-site residencies will combine classroom instruction and interactive learning with opportunities to get to know members of the learning cohort, faculty and staff. Together, students will build a community of learning that will enrich their online studies and further equip them in their professional endeavors.

On-campus residencies will be 3 ½ days long. This event will require you to travel and plan ahead.  If you want more information that specifically addresses travel (driving, flying, rental cars) and lodging, please contact our Student Success Coordinator for more information. 

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