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 Student Experience
“Student support has been amazing and a key piece of our program.”
—Dr. Nate Perron, online faculty
Your goal is to provide unwavering support to your clients as a counselor, and our goal is to support you as you progress through our challenging online graduate program. When it comes time to start your in-person counseling training, our placement team will find approved local sites where you can gain valuable experience. You will also have access to live technology support during every class and access to career services support throughout your enrollment and after graduation.