Our Postgraduate Fellowship, available through The Family Institute’s Clinical Services team, is a one-year opportunity for recently graduated, relationally minded systemic therapists. The Fellowship provides a substantial and supportive next step in an early career clinician’s professional journey. After the successful completion of the program, fellows will be extended an offer to join The Family Institute's highly regarded clinical staff practice.
Postgraduate fellows are part of our more than 100 clinician strong Clinical Services team. The care clinicians provide at The Family Institute is guided by our values. We respect and understand our clients in the context of their relationships, life stage and community. Our highly qualified clinicians are members of collaborative teams who embrace continuous learning, collegiality, and a compassionate world view. We provide treatment that is empirically informed, theoretically grounded, and culturally responsive. We know that mental health is inextricably woven with whole health, and we are proud to support our clients on their path to greater well-being.
Fellows are guided to build and maintain a reliable clinical caseload. The Family Institute serves individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan, so fellows can build a caseload that matches their interests and learning goals. In addition, Fellows will be given the opportunity to further their clinical professional development by participating in numerous learning opportunities, including:
Advanced Couple & Family Didactic Seminar
A core part of the fellowship will be joining the post-doctoral fellows in weekly seminars and workshops on treating individuals, families, and couples.
Fellows participate in monthly Grand Rounds where a special clinical research topic is presented and discussed from a specific theoretical context. All clinical staff and students are invited to attend Grand Rounds. Fellows are invited to present at Grand Rounds during their fellowship.
Professional Development Seminar
Fellows meet with the Director of the Fellowship Program monthly to discuss professional development and identity. This seminar will include discussion of clinical and professional development across a variety of practice contexts.
The Family Institute's clinical training model includes participation in at least one clinical consultation team. These consultation teams include Fellows and staff level therapists (varying from early career to seasoned clinicians). The consultation teams are focused on a specific population (e.g., couples) or a specific population or treatment modality.
Administrative Skill Development
Crucial professional administrative skills are developed through practical experience with the internal operations of The Family Institute. These activities include maintenance of schedules; ongoing communication with your director, supervisor, peers, staff, clients and community; and timely and legally sound clinical record-keeping.
The Post Graduate Fellowship at The Family Institute provides a substantial and supportive next step in an early clinician’s professional journey. We are confident that both the learning and the relationships that fellows build at The Family Institute serve their professional goals well. The fellowship position offers:
- $45,000 annual salary
- Access to Northwestern University Libraries
- Northwestern University Wildcard benefits
- 9 paid holidays
- 14 days of paid time off
- Health insurance
- Paid professional liability insurance
- Clinicians at The Family Institute are eligible for external loan repayment programs
Eligibility Required to Apply
Possess a master's or doctoral degree in a relevant mental health discipline.
Have at least 2 years of clinical supervision by a licensed mental health professional who unequivocally supports the candidate’s application.
- Have clinical interests that align with current service needs at The Family Institute.
The Fellowship will take place from September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024.