Our faculty has written the definitive book on the integrative and systemic approach to therapy. We teach this approach to those drawn to the field of behavioral health with a passion for relationships through our world-renowned master's-level program. We invite you to join our program — to become an outstanding therapist who partners to see change in your clients, research and therapy.
We believe in a 'learn-by-doing' approach. Thus, our students begin seeing clients right away toward the end of the first quarter of our program.
I believe one of the greatest strengths of The Family Institute is the depth and diversity of its therapists. It was such a rewarding opportunity to be able to collaborate with and learn from seasoned clinicians.
You will receive an accredited Master of Science degree from Northwestern University so you can start your career in marriage and family therapy.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), upon graduation, you will have met the educational requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. View student achievement data.
Those seeking licensure must obtain additional clinical experience and supervision before qualifying to take the licensing exam. This usually takes two years. Consult AAMFT for more information about the profession and your state licensing board for more information about licensing.
Discover more about the program at an open house at our Evanston location to learn if a Marriage & Family Therapy degree from The Family Institute at Northwestern University is the right fit for you.