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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. The residencies take place on-campus.

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

  • Courses Associated with Residency

  • FT and PT Students

  • Attendance

  • General Preparation Guidelines

Click the links below, to gain access to information about:

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. 

Due to COVID-19, residency will not be held in MN on the Center City campus.  Residency will occur in real-time but rather than meeting face-to-face in person, students, faculty, staff, and other presenters will join together via Zoom for the three and a half days of residency.  

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. However, due to COVID-19, residency will be held in real-time via Zoom, not face-to-face on-campus in MN. 

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.

General Preparation Guidelines


Materials/Tools Needed


This list includes general materials and tools that you will need to make residency successful. 


1. Computer/Zoom Connection

You will need a working camera on your computer and headphones are strongly suggested for effectively connecting to the classroom and orientation sessions via Zoom. Please review the resources available on the Student Support Site about using Zoom. The link to the Site is below. 













2. Expectations, Requirements, General Preparedness

A video has been prepared  for you to watch prior to residency. The video is embedded below. This video provides pertinent information regarding the residency schedule, expectations, and requirements. The video is approximately 7 min. in length. Although IR-708 students have already completed their first residency, everyone is encouraged to watch the video in preparation for the virtual Fall 2020 Residency experience. 












Important Points Addressed in the Tour:

Take the whole day off of work

  • Three full days and one ½ day - Treat this as if you were actually on campus; this will be synchronous. As you learned in the orientation course, this means you’ll meet and participate live but through your computer.   You are REQUIRED to participate in every session of residency.

Plan ahead

  • Contact instructors to let them know you will be participating in residency. Ask for extensions if absolutely needed, but you are expected to plan ahead.  Work ahead if you need to juggle your workload.

  • Equipment- Make sure you have a microphone and webcam.  You may also want to invest in a headset to increase focus and reduce background noise.  Also, make sure your internet is working properly and has speed to allow Zoom meetings to take place.

Be professional

  • Clothing – wear clothing that is semi professional yet comfortable.  A nice shirt will be very appropriate.  Spaghetti straps, t-shirts, sweatshirts are not very professional.  This request is to help you be in a professional mind frame as well as let your instructors know you are serious about being a professional. Picture yourself meeting with your boss and that will help guide your decisions.

  • Environment –













  • Be aware of where you are.  Sitting on your bed is not professional.  Picture yourself meeting with your boss; meeting on your bed is not appropriate.

  • You may want to invest in a headset to help 1) keep your focus and 2) reduce background noises.-Put your microphone mute when you are not talking so that you reduce background noise.

  • Turn off your phone to reduce distractions.  Again, you wouldn’t answer your phone or text in front of your boss. If it is an emergency, send a private message to your instructor and leave the meeting. You can return when you finish.

  • Shut doors to the room in which you are meeting if possible. This will help minimize distraction for all the members meeting.

  • Try to have a clean and organized background. Be mindful of the lighting in your room.  –If you need to use the restroom or relocate to a different space, turn off your video before leaving. This will reduce distractions.

Use computer/ do not use phone or tablet

  • The format residency format is mobile-friendly but is more easily access on a desktop or a laptop verses a phone or tablet.  Also, your instructor will be sharing documents and you’ll need a screen large enough to view the presentation.

Plan for your personal needs

                -Water/coffee – Make sure you have something to drink in the room BEFORE the session begins

                -Reserve snacks for during sessions to reduce distractions.

                -Have tissues or other times you might need on hand.

3. Due Dates

Classes don't stop because you are in residency so you should be prepared to check in to your online classrooms, email, etc. for any and all of the courses you are taking during this term. You are encouraged to reach out to your other instructors this term to let them know you are attending residency this week.  


4. Self-Care

Engage in appropriate self-care activities before and during residency. It will be a week that is full of excitement, learning, and socializing, but it will also be tiring, especially attending to a computer screen all day. Be sure to take care of yourself.

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