Careers

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Clinical Professional Openings
Program Director and Core Faculty of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program
Staff Psychotherapist
MSMFT Core Faculty

Operational Openings
Billing Coordinator

Academic Fellowship Openings

Four new, postdoctoral Fellows are accepted annually.

Clinical Professional Openings

Program Director and Core Faculty of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Faculty Position: Program Director and Core Faculty; Master of Arts in Counseling, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Reports to: Chief Academic Officer and Director of the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies

Job Description

We seek a skilled and savvy leader in Counselor Education to join and lead our well-established, CACREP-accredited, clinical mental health counseling program. The Counseling Program is a shared endeavor between Northwestern University and The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI). Our program blends the academic rigor of Northwestern University with the clinical renown of The Family Institute. As such, we seek a professional who is an experienced leader, a seasoned clinician, and an affable colleague. Although our students are exposed to a variety of training models, the Counseling Program has a long tradition in psychodynamic theory. The Family Institute also embraces integrative approaches to therapy. Thus, a successful candidate should be knowledgeable and comfortable with a variety of models, and be particularly open with respect to psychodynamic principles and practices.

The position includes a ranked clinical faculty appointment commensurate with experience at the Associate or Full Professor level.

Duties

  • Serve as Program Director, Core Faculty, and Staff Therapist
  • Oversees all Counseling faculty and support staff
  • Assume responsibility for the annual budget and development of new program initiatives
  • Represent the Counseling Program to key stakeholders including (but not limited to): TFI leadership, NU leadership, local practicum sites, and TFI board of directors.
  • Maintain a teaching load
  • Maintain of clinical practice
  • Engage in scholarly activities
  • Participate in TFI activities as appropriate
  • Participate in activities that support the Counseling profession at the local, regional, and national level

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Counselor Education
  • Substantial, demonstrated leadership and teaching experience
  • Scholarly track record consistent with the rank of Clinical Associate or Full Professor rank at Northwestern University
  • Licensed or license eligible as an LCPC in the state of Illinois
  • Demonstrated commitment to psychodynamic and integrative approaches to clinical practice and the training of therapists
  • Experience supervising graduate students in clinical settings
  • Demonstrated track record of making scholarly contributions through publication and research
  • Cultural competence and strong interest in diversity
  • Demonstrated evidence of being committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training as all faculty maintain a clinical practice
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills needed to effectively work well with key stake holders at TFI and NU
  • Excited to work in an interdisciplinary setting that contains Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers

Application Process

Applications should include the following:

    1. Cover letter (the cover letter should include how applicant’s interest will be compatible with the perspective of the program)
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Statement of teaching and scholarly/research interests (this can be included in the cover letter)
    4. Three letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders to the Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    5. Finalist must pass the background check and provide documentation of educational background

Please submit all application materials to The Family institute at Northwestern University, c/o Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Priority application deadline is December 31, 2016.

For more information about TFI and the Counseling program, please visit the TFI website: family-institute.org or contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Nona Wilson, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Job Posting #18016: Director of Counseling


Staff Psychotherapist

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University, a leading behavioral health system that integrates clinical service, education, and research. TFI has openings for marital and couple therapists who can work with a range of relationship issues/concerns including:

  • Pre-marital and pre-cohabitation counseling
  • Infidelity and divorce trauma and recovery
  • Remarriage and blending families
  • Sexual issues

We are seeking Doctoral-level clinicians and/or Master’s level clinicians to join our esteemed clinical service team. Clinicians who demonstrate cultural humility, passion for the work we do, and commitment to delivering scientifically informed treatment, will be the best fit for our organization. Applicants must be licensed, or nearly licensed, in Illinois as a counselor, social worker, psychologist, or family therapist.

Opportunities are currently available at our TFI offices in Northbrook and downtown Chicago. All interested candidates must be willing to work evenings and on Saturday.

Our ideal candidates possess a background in systemic psychotherapy, flexibility working across levels of the systems (e.g., individual, couple, family, subsystems), and competence in incorporating evidence based treatment modalities into their couple practice. Primary responsibilities include effectively managing a clinical caseload (up to 25 sessions weekly), being a collaborative member of our Couple Services team, and demonstrating an ongoing investment in professional development.

Opportunities for teaching and clinical supervision may be available for qualified applicants. Special consideration will be given to therapists with training and practice in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience with a wide range of couple issues and with couples from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience providing sex therapy
  • Experience working with LGBTQ couples
  • Experience with non-monogamous couple unions

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. To apply, please send letter of interest and CV to: Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


MSMFT Core Faculty

Faculty Position: Core Faculty; Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

We seek an individual with a strong interest in systemic, integrative and empirically informed couple and family therapy to join our core faculty within the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MSMFT). The MSMFT Program is a collaborative endeavor between Northwestern University and The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI). Our graduate students receive the best of both worlds in that Northwestern University is a world class, research I university where students have the opportunity to interact with renowned scientists; and TFI has a 47-year history of being one of the international pillars for the field of Couple and Family Therapy where cutting edge education, research, and clinical services takes place.

Through this unique partnership, faculty members are employees of TFI and hold ranked clinical appointments in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern. In addition to faculty duties described below, through TFI, faculty members also have vibrant clinical practices, participate in specialized clinical programs and clinical consultation and conduct research through TFI’s Department of Research. Faculty members also have access to fellows who are enrolled in a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The position includes a ranked clinical faculty appointment commensurate with experience at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

Duties

  • Serve on the Core Faculty of the Program.
  • Serve as advisor to MSMFT graduate students.
  • Teach 2-3 courses related to the expertise of the candidate and the needs of the Program.
  • Conduct group supervision.
  • Maintain of clinical practice.
  • Engage in scholarly activities.
  • Administer the program’s capstone requirement.
  • Participate in TFI activities as appropriate.
  • Participate in activities that support the profession of couple and family therapy.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy or a closely related field (by fall of 2017).
  • Hold a current license or be license eligible as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois.
  • Current Approved Supervisor designation or Supervisor Candidate status with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
  • Demonstrated commitment to an integrative, systemic and empirically-informed approach to clinical practice and the training of therapists.
  • Evidence of ability to teach within the discipline of marriage and family therapy.
  • Experience supervising graduate students in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrated track record of making scholarly contributions through publication and research.
  • Cultural competence and strong interest in diversity.

Application Process

Please submit online to The Family institute at Northwestern University, c/o Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject: MSMFT Core Faculty, Job Posting # 18014

A cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts and statement of teaching and research interests (must include how applicant’s interest will be compatible with the perspective of the program).

Three letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders to the Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications deadline is December 31, 2016.

For more information, contact the Program Director, Douglas Breunlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the MSMFT Program

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program is COAMFTE accredited since 1994. The two-year full time program has national, international and diverse cohorts of 28 students per year. Students complete their clinical work through TFI’s own clinic that serves a highly diverse population from the greater Chicagoland area. The primary goal of the program is to train graduate students to be competent, integrative, systemic, empirically informed, ethical and culturally sensitive therapists. The program’s theoretical perspective is drawn from a forty-year tradition of psychotherapy integration at TFI that is currently articulated as Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (soon to be renamed Integrative Systemic Therapy). The program is one of the few programs that embraces empirically supported therapy through the inclusion of progress research as part of training. Students are taught to use the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC), an online feedback instrument that tracks client change from a multi systemic perspective.


Operational Openings

Billing Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Billing Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW:

This customer service oriented position will help to facilitate smooth billing operations. It will create consistently great experiences by helping our clients navigate their billing, insurance, and financial needs.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create amazing client experiences with every client contact
  • Maintain high energy and positive interactions
  • Ensure each client inquiry is answered in a timely manner
  • Help to facilitate on time payment by having consistent contact with clients
  • Data entry from encounter forms
  • Obtain benefit verification and authorization for insurance benefits
  • Ensure insurance claims are being paid on time based on contractual information
  • Process payments
  • Serve as an Accounts Receivables specialist adhering to FI’s credit and collections policies
  • Work closely with all departments to ensure all issues are resolved timely

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/SKILLS:

  • Be focused on creating amazing client experiences and customer service
  • Be able to collaborate with coworkers throughout each department
  • Exhibit empathy, compassion, and kindness
  • Embrace change and be solutions oriented
  • Experience communicating with insurance companies
  • Should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word)
  • Must have Account Receivable and Collections experience
  • Experience with Intergy or other healthcare billing software is a plus

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 1-3 years of healthcare setting experience

Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Job Posting #18018: Billing Coordinator
ATTN:  NIDA SIDDIQUI, Billing Manager


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