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Postdoctoral Clinical Scholar Fellowships

Our two-year fellowship selects three postdoctoral fellows annually interested in learning how to publish scholarly writing pertaining to clinical issues, participating in national organizations and/or learning the nuances of institutional leadership.

Learn more about our Postdoctoral Clinical Scholar Fellowship

Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowships

In this two-year fellowship, we select one postdoctoral fellow annually, who preferably has completed a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology or marriage and family therapy, to pursue research and receive clinical training at The Family Institute.

Learn more about our Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship

The postdoctoral training program is unique in the United States because The Family Institute has a specialty in both couples therapy and family therapy, allowing our fellows to develop their clinical skills in both of them.

Danielle Black, Ph.D.
Director of Postdoctoral Fellowships
Danielle Black
What Defines Our Fellowship

1. The Family Institute is World Renowned for Behavioral Health

The Family Institute at Northwestern University brings together the right partners to support children, adults, couples and families across the lifespan. As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE.

We are at the forefront of important clinical research and family therapy education. 

  • We provide more than than 60,000 hours of therapy annually
  • Engage in important clinical research 
  • Are at the forefront of family therapy education
  • Have a state-of-the-art 26,000 square-foot facility with 10 interviewing suites equipped with two-way mirrors and videotaping capability where students conduct therapy under the helpful eye of their supervisors and make recordings of their interviews for later supervision
  • An education at Northwestern University

2. An Education for Northwestern University

Perennially ranked as a top 15 University, Northwestern University offers top shelf education and delivers a brand name that carries its graduates throughout their career. Northwestern University is a:

  • Major research institution with extraordinary facilities
  • Member of the Big Ten Conference that plays host to many intercollegiate athletic events
  • Beautiful campus located on the shores of Lake Michigan

3. Learn in a Culturally Diverse City

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

4. Learn Our Leading Edge Therapy Approach

Our 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 three seminal books on integration (Integrative Systemic Therapy (2017), Metaframeworks (2001) and Integrative Problem-Centered Therapy (1995)) 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.

5. Learn From ScienTist-Practitioners

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 Family Institute research team at the Epstein Center for Psychotherapy Change has also developed its own research instrument designed to guide the progress of therapy. The STIC® (Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change) 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).

Give to Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program at The Family Institute is supported, in part, by gifts and grants from individuals, families and foundations. Your contribution will help us train the thought leaders of tomorrow and advance the science and practice of mental health care. To make a donation, or to learn more about naming a Fellowship through an endowment gift, please contact the Development office at 312-609-5300 or email advancement@family-institute.org.

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