In September, the Alumni Association of The Family Institute recognized a distinguished alum from each of our two graduate programs. The 2014 winners of the Alumnus of the Year Award were Eli Karam, PhD, LMFT, and Amy Freed, MA, LCPC.
Eli Karam received his Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute in 2003 and went on to receive his PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Karam has served as President of the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT) and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is also a tenured faculty member in the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville, where he teaches and supervises therapists-in-training conducts research on couple and family relationships. Dr. Karam also educates the public through various television and radio appearances.
Amy Freed received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 1997. Since then, she has worked as a therapist and high school counselor, as well as in academia as a lecturer, Assistant Director or Clinical Training and Practicum Supervisor in The Family Institute’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program, where she is currently a faculty member and supervisor. Ms. Freed is passionate about producing counselors who comprehend the complex dynamics of therapy and understand that they, themselves, are their most important tool so being aware of and open to one’s own complexities is essential.
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