Clinical Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
On Faculty since 2012
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Child and Family Studies.
M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, Counseling Psychology.
B.A. Houghton College, Houghton, NY, Religion.
Licensure and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Illinois) -- #166.000002
About David Norton
Dr. Norton has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist since 1980 and is an Approved Supervisor for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). In addition to serving as guest associate professor, he is also the founder and Executive Director of Centennial Counseling Center, a large mental health practice with 33 therapists and offices in St Charles, Yorkville, and Sandwich, IL.
Dr. Norton served as Chair and board member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board (1993-2001) and he returned to the board in 2011 and is currently the Chair once again. He is also the current Treasurer for the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB), the organization in charge of the MFT license used in 49 of the 50 states.
Previously he was also President of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 1992-1994. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service for Leadership in Family Policy Award (1992), the Distinguished Service to the Association Award (1995), and the Distinguished Service Award (2007) all from the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT); and also the Divisional Contribution Award (2000) from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Prior to becoming a therapist, Dr. Norton worked for several years as a youth pastor and for one year with juvenile delinquents in an advocacy and prevention program. He also served as the President of the Foundation for Educational Excellence for the West Chicago School District #33.
Dr. Norton has a wide range of clinical experience with special focus on work with couples and families, work-related problems, and depression. In addition he supervises and consults with a number of mental health practice owners in the practice of marriage and family therapy. He has spoken to over a hundred different school, community, church, and professional groups on a wide range of relational, mental health, and family life issues. When he isn't working, Dr. Norton enjoys landscape gardening, reading history and biographies, home repair and woodworking, and most importantly playing with his grandchildren.
- MAFT 634 - Marriage and Family Therapy I: Theoretical Foundations
- MAFT 635 - Marriage and Family Therapy II: Systemic Assessment & Interventions
- MAFT 661-664 - Personal and Professional Development Groups
- CMHC 636 - Family Systems Theory & Counseling
- PSYC 738 - Family Theory & Therapy
- PSYC 838 - Advanced Marriage & Family Therapy
Membership in Professional Societies
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1984.
“Transforming your practice in a changing marketplace: The tools and ingredients for success.”, at:
- Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health, Hoffman Estates, IL; February 20, 2015, 9 a.m. – 12 noon.
"Swimming in intensity: Survival tips for couple’s therapists.", at:
Meridian Clinical Training, McHenry, IL; May 17, 2013, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health, Hoffman Estates, IL; November 10, 2010, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Illinois Association on Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Elgin, IL; March 10, 2005.
"Recovery from an affair: A process for couple's reconciliation.", at:
- Illinois Association on Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Lisle, IL; April 24, 1999.
- Living Hope Institute Foundations Seminar, Alexian Brothers Hospital, Elk Grove Village, IL; January 11, 1999.
- Illinois Association on Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Development Series, Springfield, IL; December 11, 1998.
"Understanding and managing emotional intensity and conflict", at:
- Illinois Association on Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Development Series, Springfield, IL; October 25, 1996, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
"The meaning and treatment of couple conflict: Promoting intimacy.", at:
- Annual Conference for the Illinois Association on Marriage and Family Therapy, Oak Brook, IL; April 4, 1992.