Experience

An Online Experience That Fosters Your Development as a Counselor

The counseling profession is personal and hands-on, and so is the process of developing clinical mental health counselors. Counseling@Northwestern has been carefully designed by The Family Institute at Northwestern University to give you a rigorous yet intimate experience that prepares you to define your Northwestern Direction as an effective practitioner.

“It’s amazing how one can develop rapport and relationships with students teaching online. It’s not a necessity to be lecturing face to face in a traditional classroom to do that. . .I thoroughly enjoy teaching online.”

—Dr. Russell Fulmer, online faculty

Take a Northwestern Direction Online:

The Northwestern Direction is a path you take to define yourself and your career as you pursue your master’s degree at Northwestern University.

Lasting Connections That Lead to Ongoing Networking Opportunities

Building relationships is a key skill for counselors, and Counseling@Northwestern gives you myriad opportunities to connect with diverse faculty and classmates during and outside of classes. Each week, you will attend live class sessions with an average of 10 students taught by expert Northwestern professors. You will also meet with your peers and professors for study sessions and office hours through the online campus.

Our online learning environment enables you to tap into our unique growth mindset so you can achieve your goals no matter how much counseling experience you have, and no matter where you live in the United States.

“From day one I felt so connected to my cohort... I actually feel closer to my online classmates that I ever did in my brick-and-mortar undergrad.”

—Gina Martin, ’17

Online Campus:

Attend classes, study sessions, office hours, and social events such as happy hours and meditation classes.

Challenging Coursework That Reinforces Key Theories

As a professional counselor, you will work with people from diverse backgrounds, so it’s important to learn, observe, and practice many theoretical approaches. Our faculty work with experienced video producers to translate their on-campus courses into compelling online assignments that reinforce the theories you learn in class. You can use our mobile application to complete coursework from anywhere, with or without an Internet connection.

“Counseling@Northwestern really blew me away with the lectures, the interactive pieces, and the ability to not only have class but also have meetings with my classmates.”

—Sara Witzler, ’16

Roundtable discussions: Explore diverse viewpoints as you watch faculty discuss key topics with aspiring counselors.

Evaluate different counseling approaches as you observe and analyze client-counselor interactions.

Self-Reflective Practice:

Discover how your identity could affect your counseling as you participate in group discussions and attend in-person events.

Online and In-Person Experiences That Boost Your Awareness

To be an effective counselor, you need to know more than theoretical approaches: You also need to know yourself. Your experiences, biases, and personality dimensions impact the therapeutic services you provide, and it’s important to address any factors that could influence or interfere with your counseling.

“The level of reflective practice that we have is above anything I’ve ever seen. Research shows that people who burn out are those who don’t have this reflective practice.”

—Dr. Eric Beeson, online faculty

Reflective practitioner supervision: Explore the facets of your identity that could affect your counseling during weekly group supervisor trainings.

Two in-person immersions: Develop your counselor identity as you explore group dynamics and present your original research to peers and faculty in Chicago.

Visit our curriculum page to learn more.

Student Support:

Take advantage of our vast support network, available from the moment you inquire about the program through after you graduate.

Services That Enhance Your Experience as a Student and a Clinician

Prospective Students

As you explore which counseling master’s program is the best fit for you, our admissions team will provide detailed, personalized information to help you make your decision. If you choose to apply, we will walk you through each step of submitting your best application.

Share your goals with a personal admissions counselor who will answer your questions when it’s most convenient for you.

Gain program insights during live online information sessions, including panel discussions with currently enrolled students.

Current Students

“I felt that I had great communication. I had somebody who was in touch with me every week saying this is what we’ve done, this is where we are.”

—Hayley Hoffman, '17

Once you enroll, our student support team will give you a tour of the online campus so you feel confident using the technology when classes start. As you progress through the program, you will work with a number of professionals who are here to make your experience successful.

A placement specialist helps you find Northwestern-approved placements that are located in proximity to your community.

A technical support specialist is available to provide live assistance during each of your weekly class sessions.

An academic adviser helps you choose a class schedule that reflects your interests and meets the program requirements.

A counseling librarian shows you how to locate academic resources as you complete your weekly coursework.

You'll Have Access to High-Quality Workspaces Worldwide

WeWork is a global community of workspaces with more than 240 locations in more than 20 countries across the globe. As a Counseling@Northwestern student, you will be granted a WeWork Global Access membership. Global Access members will have access to WeWork locations around the world and benefit from amenities such as workstations, Wi-Fi, printing and copying, private phone booths, and on-site support staff. Workspaces can be used to study, complete your coursework, or plan meetups with other students in the program.

Alumni

After completing the program requirements, you will become a lifelong member of The Family Institute and Northwestern University alumni communities. You can choose to attend our on-campus commencement ceremony before going on to pursue licensure and employment as a self-reflective, empathetic clinical mental health counselor.

Get feedback on your resume and cover letter, and enhance your interviewing skills with our career services team.

Network with thousands of accomplished alumni who could connect you with opportunities nationwide.