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
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
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
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
Visit our curriculum page to learn more.
Services That Enhance Your Experience as a Student and a Clinician
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.
“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.
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.
Stand Out in your Field with LinkedIn Premium Career
As a student in Counseling@Northwestern, you will receive access to LinkedIn Premium Career to help you showcase your new mental health counseling skills and gain exclusive insights that other applicants may not have. Your membership includes the following tools and resources:
- The ability to send InMail messages directly to job posters and recruiters
- Insight into who’s viewed your profile in the last 90 days
- Applicant Insights to see how you compare to others
- Access to in-demand skills through LinkedIn Learning
- Instant access to salary insights and career data
- Interactive interview preparation to practice for job interviews
- Resume review by an expert coach
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.