Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Family Institute at Northwestern University

  • William M. PinsofEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_603


The Family Institute (TFI) is one institution that has had two names – The Family Institute of Chicago from 1968 to 1990 and The Family Institute at Northwestern University from 1990 to the present. As one of many free-standing family institutes created in the early days of family therapy, the Institute made important contributions to the field of couple and family therapy. Today, virtually all of these institutes have closed and the Institute remains (along with the Ackerman Center for the Family) as a vibrant contributor to the field. Besides its strong affiliation with Northwestern University, one of the unique organizational features of the Institute that allowed it to survive financially was the policy that all revenue generated by staff, including clinical revenue, goes to the Institute’s budget. The resulting synergism of clinical practice, education, and research housed in one facility created an energy that allowed many of the Institute’s best work to emerge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pinsof Family Systems, LLCChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA