The Hiebert Institute

Marriage and Family Counseling Service -
Rock Island, Illinois
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
The Hiebert Institute of Marriage and Family Counseling Service is located in Rock Island, Illinois, and is the oldest marriage and family therapy training program in Illinois and Iowa. The Hiebert Institute is housed within Marriage and Family Counseling Service, a community-sponsored resource for counseling and education in marriage and family life. Full-time faculty include the Rev. William J. Hiebert and Dr. Derek A. Ball, both licensed family therapists and Approved Supervisors in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Located midway between Des Moines and Chicago on Interstate 80 on the Mississippi River, the agency serves a bi-state community of 400,000.
The Hiebert Institute established a P.R.I.M.E. relationship with the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in 2003 to teach marriage and family theory and practice.  Study for the D.Min. concentrates on marriage and family studies covering both theory and the history of marriage and family therapy as well as specific topics such as self-esteem and divorce. Study for the Psy.D. focuses on marriage and family therapy, giving the students both a theoretical background and skill-based practice. In addition to special topics such as communication and premarital counseling, students will explore the work of master family therapists and cutting edge theory in advanced family therapy courses. The Psy.D. course of study prepares the student to sit for the national marriage and family therapy licensing examination and includes a practicum component. 
The Hiebert Institute offers training that can be applied to either the D.Min. or the Psy.D. degree through the GTF. Students in either program must also complete two courses from the GTF, complete a Research Methodology writing assignment and develop a doctoral project for submission to the GTF. 
The Study Options button on the GTF’s website under the heading Academics lists the course offerings of the GTF and provides information about the various methods of earning Units of Study for your degree.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)             $19,100
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)       $19,100
Tuition reflects administrative degree program costs charged by the GTF.  Program costs charged by the PRIME institution are separate and additional, and must be paid directly to the PRIME institution. 
Please contact the Bursar of the Graduate Theological Foundation for information about tuition for this degree.
Please contact the PRIME institution for information about program costs. 
Please see the tuition section of the D.Min. and Psy.D. program description pages for information regarding tuition policies and payment schedules.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Derek Ball, LMFT
The Hiebert Institute
1800 34th Avenue, Suite 512
Rock Island, IL 61201
Tel: (309) 786-4491