Postdoctoral Fellowships


There are currently eight Postgraduate Fellowship positions at The Family Institute at Northwestern University – six Postdoctoral Clinical Scholar Fellows and two Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellows. All fellowships are two years in duration. Currently three to four new Fellows are accepted annually.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University provides advanced, intensive training for mental health professionals who have completed their Doctoral degree. The goal of the program is to develop the next generation of leaders and innovators in couple/family therapy and couple/family psychology. Our postdoctoral fellowship is one of the premiere couple/family training centers in the country. Here are five characteristics that make our fellowship training program and setting unique and exceptional:

With over 40 years of experience, The Family Institute at Northwestern University is a world-renowned center of learning about couple and family therapy. The Institute conducts over 60,000 hours of therapy annually, engages in important clinical research and is at the forefront of family therapy education. The Institute's headquarters is a state-of-the art 26,000 square-foot facility is designed to maximize learning. It has 10 interviewing suites equipped with two-way mirrors and videotaping capability where fellows can conduct therapy under the helpful eye of their supervisors and make recordings of their interviews for later supervision.

Perennially ranked as a top fifteen University, Northwestern delivers a powerful, far reaching brand name that has cache. Northwestern is a major research institution with fabulous facilities. As a member of the Big Ten Conference, Northwestern plays host to many intercollegiate athletic events. The beautiful campus is located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The headquarters of The Family Institute at Northwestern University is located in the thriving suburb of Evanston, Illinois. The Institute also has an ever-growing satellite office in downtown Chicago across from the world famous Millennium Park. Thus, fellows enjoy the best of both worlds. The rich diversity of the population of metropolitan Chicago provides a rich source of referrals for learning therapy.

Our approach to therapy is grounded in the concept of integration: that the approaches to therapy are best understood and used in a thoughtful and planful way. The senior faculty of The Family Institute have been at the forefront of psychotherapy integration for three decades. They published two seminal books on integration a number of years ago (Metaframeworks and Integrative Problem Centered Therapy) and have been working with other faculty to unify these approaches in what is currently known as The Family Institute Perspective. Human problems are nested in a biopsychosocial system and can best be resolved by removing the constraints of that system. Family, couple, and individual therapy may be warranted as well as attention to biology and the larger system such as the community.

Although therapy will always be a blend of science and art, our approach to therapy is based on the 21st century trend to ground practice in scientifically proven methods. To prepare our students for this growing trend, we teach them to be consumers of research, and to know how to access and use this research with their own cases. The Institute research team has also developed its own research instrument designed to guide the progress of therapy. Known as the STIC (Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change), this instrument enables therapist and client to track the progress of therapy. Key measures of change are monitored, as is the crucial relationship between the therapist and client(s).