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Northwestern University – Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program2018-08-30T03:17:02+00:00

Northwestern University – Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Counseling@Northwestern Overview

Type of Degree Master of Arts
Full-Time/Part-Time Both
Time to Complete 18 to 24 months
Field Training Practicum (200 hours) and internship (600 hours)
GRE Required? No

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 steeped in a psychodynamic perspective to increase students’ self-reflective capacities as therapists. Six quarters 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.

Highlights of Counseling@Northwestern include:

  • Live, face-to-face interaction: Students participate in live, weekly classes instructed by Northwestern’s faculty, who clinical expertise in their area of teaching and present real cases in the classroom. With participating classmates across the nation, students build relationships with a diverse group of peers and learn from unique perspectives during live group sessions.
  • A “learning-by-doing” model: Six consecutive quarters of immersive clinical field experience complement academic learning. Northwestern’s faculty and placement team work closely with students to select clinical field sites based on each student’s location. There, students receive one-on-one, individual supervision from seasoned practitioners.
  • A focus on the self-reflective counselor: The program’s traditional counseling foundation helps students understand their own personal and professional aptitude. Students are guided by group supervisors toward developing a multifaceted counselor identity characterized by self-reflection, multicultural competency, and an in-depth understanding of psychodynamic theory.
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Counseling@Northwestern Curriculum

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.

With an online curriculum just as rigorous as on campus, you will earn the same degree and receive the same diploma as Northwestern’s on-campus graduate counseling students, preparing you to pursue licensure and provide high-quality mental health services to help clients lead healthier, more empowered lives. Counseling@Northwestern curriculum includes:

  • Counseling Methods: Skills for Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Group & Organizational Dynamics
  • Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The curriculum is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which evaluates counseling programs nationwide. Many states require you to earn a master’s degree from a CACREP-accredited program as part of the counselor licensure process.

Note: Courses and course sequence are subject to change.

About Northwestern University and The Family Institute

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.

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