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Our Mission & Approach

We are deeply committed to strengthening and healing the whole family system by bringing together the right partners to support children, adults, couples and families across the lifespan. As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE.

“The Family Institute defines family the way you define family.”

We tailor treatment to match the client’s unique needs and goals. Behind each clinician at The Family Institute is a collaborative team of over 70 clinicians who engage in continuous learning, consultation, information sharing and providing effective referrals.


Hear from Jana L. JOnes, President and CEO 

Northwestern: The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies
Our Partnership With Northwestern University

Educators since 1965, The Family Institute, in cooperation with Northwestern University’s Graduate School and Office of Research, houses The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies. Our long-standing partnership with Northwestern University ranks us among the top relationship-based behavioral health graduate education and research programs in the country.

Learn about The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies

Providing Help Regardless of the Ability to Pay

For those who cannot afford therapy, we offer high-quality counseling services to children, individuals, couples and families through our Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, the Clinic is staffed by our outstanding graduate-level therapists-in-training, who are educated and supervised by our renowned therapists.

Learn how the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic supports our community

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Annual Reports

We are deeply committed to our mission of strengthening and healing families and individuals from all walks of life, year after year. View our annual reports for details about how we're setting the standard for innovative research, teaching and care in the field. 

Read Our Annual Reports

Give a Gift to Help Spread The Family Institute's Quality Care to All

We believe partnerships help us achieve our mission. As a donor, you play a critical role in impacting people’s lives.  Through your donations you make it possible for us to provide services to those who cannot afford therapy.  You make it possible for us to advance the field of behavioral health through leading edge research.  And you make it possible for us to provide education that  prepares the next generation of diverse therapists who have had a world class education and the most hands on, experiential learning possible.