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Congratulations Graduates!

To the Class of 2021, you have been challenged far beyond the typical graduate experience. We are inspired by your perseverance and commitment to the field of behavioral health. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments through your commencement ceremony on Saturday. We have no doubt that you will positively impact thousands of peoples’ lives and the field of behavioral health overall in the years to come.

We’re Educating the Behavioral Health Leaders of Tomorrow

We are a premiere provider of two Master’s-level programs – Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling: On-Campus Learning and Counseling: Online Learning – Postdoctoral Fellowships and Continuing Education opportunities. Students enrolled in our programs are taught by nationally-known clinicians who practice at The Family Institute. They are dedicated to ensuring students receive the most hands-on experiential training possible, both at The Family Institute and in the community.

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Master's-Level Degree Programs at the Center for Applied Psychological & Family Studies

Whether you are an undergraduate, a career changer, an established professional or an international student, our Master's-level degree programs expose you to a challenging and enlightening curriculum designed to help you develop the specific competencies required for effective practice. In fact, in the first quarter of your learning experience you will have the opportunity to work directly with a wide range of clients dealing with a variety of situations and issues.

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Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy

Designed for students with a passion for improving and transforming relationships, the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy teaches students to practice family, couple and individual therapy from a relational perspective. The program, which provides the educational component for state licensure as a marriage and family therapist, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Find out if a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy is right for you

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Master of Arts in Counseling

On-Campus Learning Platform

Our all-inclusive Master of Arts in Counseling: On-Campus Learning program prepares future professional counselors to intervene in relation to both individual and social systems functioning within family, work, academic and community settings. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Master of Arts in Counseling program.

Find out if a Master of Arts in Counseling: On-Campus Learning is right for you

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Online Learning Platform

Counseling@Northwestern is our innovative digital learning platform, designed to fit into your busy schedule. Connect with your peers, professors and other counseling professionals during virtual classes, in-person immersions and clinical training experiences within your local community.

Find out if Counseling@Northwestern is right for you

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Center for Applied Psychological & Family Studies

Postdoctoral Fellows

Our Postdoctoral Fellowships are developing the next generation of leaders and innovators in couple and family therapy and psychology through two fellowship opportunities – Postdoctoral Clinical Scholar Fellowship and Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship. Both opportunities are two-year fellowships and The Family Institute welcomes a cohort of four Fellows each year.

Learn more about our Postdoctoral Fellowships


We provide continuing education, access to research and networking among fellow alumni. We encourage our alumni to stay connected to The Family Institute through activities and events offered throughout the year.

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Continuing Education
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Staying current on advances in clinical treatment is imperative for behavioral health professionals and practitioners. We offer continuing professional education through conferences, lectures, seminars and clinical consultation.

View our current professional education opportunities and upcoming events

Support Education

Our education programs, including scholarships for our graduate students, are supported, in part, by gifts and grants from individuals, families and foundations. Your contribution will help us continue educating the future leaders of behavioral healthcare.