About the School
Recognized both nationally and internationally for its high standard of excellence, Northwestern University is a leading private research and teaching university located in Chicago, Illinois. The Family Institute (TFI) operates the MA in Counseling Program in collaboration with Northwestern’s Graduate School. TFI is a not-for-profit affiliate organization of Northwestern that provides direct care to individuals, couples, and families; fosters intensive learning for future counselors; and facilitates innovative research in the field of mental health counseling.
Financing Your Education
Several options are available for qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking financial aid for their Counseling@Northwestern education, including federal loans, grants, and program scholarships. The Family Institute at Northwestern University works closely with students to explore opportunities for financing their education. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the required supporting documents to be considered for financial aid.
The courses required for the Master of Arts in Counseling degree are reflective of the national counseling program standards. These standards are based on the 2009 Standards of the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A CACREP-accredited program prepares a student to become license-eligible in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Northwestern’s MA in Counseling Program is currently under review for accreditation. Northwestern makes every effort to help students meet licensure requirements in any state. Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The field of counseling grows every year, creating more opportunities for clinical mental health counselors to help those in need of effective counseling services. Counseling@Northwestern is the latest innovation in online learning from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, which offers one of the most prestigious Master of Arts in Counseling degrees in the United States. Through Counseling@Northwestern, students across the country attend live, weekly online classes taught by Northwestern faculty. Students also work face-to-face on the platform with seasoned practitioners, or “preceptors,” steeped in a psychodynamic perspective to increase students’ self-reflective capacities as therapists. Two years of clinical field experience complement the academic component and include an immersive “learning-by-doing” model through individual supervision by licensed counselors at field sites.
Counseling@Northwestern’s traditional counseling foundation nurtures clinical proficiency and self-reflection in graduates, whose fully developed skills enable them to provide counseling services rooted in multicultural competency.
Facts & Figures
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges