Relationships are our passion.

A couple mending a broken relationship. A family caring for aging parents. A young child with emotional and behavioral problems.

As an international leader in the fields of mental health treatment, research and education, we transform lives by providing the highest quality care for families, couples and individuals.

Building stronger family bonds. We are The Family Institute at Northwestern University.


NW issue cover 1The Family Institute’s Community Program is Featured in the New Issue of Northwestern Magazine


The Family Institute’s Community Program sends therapists-in­training to provide much-needed counseling for Evanston residents. Read the full article here.



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 Integrative Systemic Therapy: Metaframeworks for Problem Solving With Individuals, Couples, and Families 

Loaded with vivid case examples, this book provides a comprehensive, 21st century framework for family, couple, and individual therapy including practical guidelines for when and how to use concepts and interventions from various therapy approaches. This book is the product of a quarter century of collaboration by the authors, all of whom work or have worked together at The Family Institute at Northwestern University both as professors in the MSMFT Program and as clinicians practicing family, couple and, individual therapy. 

Find more information and purchase online by visiting the American Psychological Association (APA).


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Strengthening & Healing

For nearly 50 years, The Family Institute at Northwestern University has helped thousands of children, couples, families, and individuals from all walks of life strengthen and heal. Learn more about what makes TFI a truly transformative and far-reaching organization with this up-to-date digital communication piece. 





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Best Counseling Psychology Colleges of 2017

The Family Institute at Northwestern University's Master of Arts in Counseling has been ranked as one of the top ten programs in the country by TFI's onsite as well as online programs are lauded for the learning-by-doing clinical experience that students gain, as well as the fact that 100% of counseling graduates pass the National Counselors Examination. 

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