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A Reminder on Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a powerful reminder of all of our maternal relationships - the ones we have, the ones we have lost - what we love about those relationships and what we still long for that we didn't, and maybe cannot receive from them.  Mother's Day is also a time that puts us in touch with our own relationship to ourselves as a "mother" and our reproductive identities - childless by circumstance, childfree by choice, in the hopeful but difficult journey of fertility…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and The Family Institute at Northwestern University is proud to be part of this important national initiative. Mental health is a critical part of overall wellness, and we believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care and resources. During Mental Health Awareness Month 2023, we are offering an array of educational resources, expert advice, and events designed to help individuals and families build resilience,…

April is Stress Awareness Month

During the month of April, in observance of Stress Awareness Month, The Family Institute at Northwestern University will be sharing resources and insight from our experts to shed light and raise awareness surrounding the negative impact of stress.

Join us for the Spring 2023 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Series

The orientation for the series will take place on March 30, 2023.

Karla Hargrove, M.A., LPC is back for another virtual 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) series. During the series, you'll learn mindfulness-based skills that can change your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, and pain. Our program focuses on guiding participants in mindfulness meditation. This will include mindful eating, breath awareness, meditation, self-awareness, proactive ways to approach stress and mindful yoga, aimed at all ability levels.

Save the Date for our Inaugural Gratitude Gala

The Family Institute at Northwestern University is hosting a Gratitude Gala on May 10, 2023 to support the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University invites you to join us for the inaugural Gratitude Gala on May 10, 2023. This fundraising event taking place at the Ivy Room will feature remarks from honored mental health advocates, a silent auction, a raffle, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and more!  All proceeds will benefit The Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, which provides free mental and behavioral therapy services for individuals, couples and…

Upcoming Pillars of Well-Being Mindfulness Workshop

The first class starts February 7, 2023

The Family Institute is pleased to announce our four-week Pillars of Well-Being Mindfulness series with virtual sessions starting February 7, 2023. These 1-hour sessions are designed for anyone who wants to cultivate a gentler and more flexible approach to living in today’s world. Instructed by Ms. Karla Hargrove, M.A., LPC – a Staff Therapist and certified teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Ms.

In-Person Therapy Available September 7

Teletherapy will remain an option

Illinois entered Phase 5 of its reopening plan several weeks ago, though The Family Institute remains a 100% teletherapy practice at this time with in-person neuropsychological testing being determined on a case-by-case basis. We are working to fully open our offices to our clients for in-person therapy starting September 7.

Announcing a New Video Collection

Talking to Kids You Love

We’re excited to unveil our one-of-a-kind video collection: Talking to Kids You Love. This breakthrough project of 16 short videos offers wise approaches to anyone who interacts with children — parents, caregivers, teachers, and more. Each video depicts an adult lovingly responding to a tough parent-child encounter, moments that often lead to power struggles and leave parents wondering if they’ve said the right thing.

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