Our Alumni

For 45 years, The Family Institute at Northwestern University has influenced the field of family therapy through our education and training programs. Our alumni are making their mark across the United States and beyond.


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Recent Family Institute Alumni Accomplishments

Nosheen Hydari

Nosheen Hydari, MFT class of ’12, was honored as a Gun Violence Champion of Change by the White House in April of this year.

As part of this honor, given to Ms. Hydari for her work to reduce gun violence at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), she was able to attend an event at the White House honoring each of the Champions of Change.

Ms. Hydari is a crisis therapist at C4, where she uses her Family Institute education and training to ensure safety by de-escalating crises: “I go into some of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago to meet people where they’re at, such as hospitals, residential and group home treatment facilities, and the detention center. This means that I listen to people’s stories—the stories that have led them into crisis. I see people in their most difficult times and offer compassion, validation and solution-focused attention at moments of deep vulnerability.”

Read Ms. Hydari’s blog post about the Gun Violence Champion of Change honor on the White House website, and learn more about The Family Institute’s education programs on our education webpage.