About The Family Institute and Northwestern

The Family Institute

Counseling@Northwestern and MFT@Northwestern are delivered by the faculty of The Family Institute, in partnership with Northwestern University through The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies. The Family Institute is a leading relationship-based behavioral health organization that provides clinical services, conducts research, and educates the next generation of aspiring mental health professionals.

For over 50 years, The Family Institute has focused on providing behavioral health services to youth, adults, couples, and families as they seek strength and healing across their lifespan. The Family Institute believes that family is the most significant factor influencing human identity and that families should have access to mental health services regardless of their financial resources. Every year, thousands of adults, adolescents, and children seek The Family Institute’s services to receive the behavioral help they need.

Through its partnership with Northwestern, The Family Institute delivers a Master of Arts in Counseling Program and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy both online and on campus in Evanston, Illinois. Learn more about the on-campus MA in Counseling Program and the on-campus MS in Marriage and Family Therapy program. 

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is consistently one of the highest-ranked private research and teaching universities in the United States. Founded in 1861 in Evanston, Illinois, the University today enrolls approximately 21,000 students across three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Doha, Qatar. 

#10 ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 list of top national universities

12 schools and colleges offering undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields

$676.5 million annually in sponsored research to fund innovative projects

Northwestern creates and supports a diverse, inclusive community that fosters personal and intellectual growth by bringing together faculty, students, and staff to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. Through pioneering teaching and research, the University creates a highly collaborative environment that exceeds traditional academic expectations.

To learn more about the online programs through The Family Institute at Northwestern University, contact an admissions counselor at 1-844-684-6221 or admissions@counseling.northwestern.edu.