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School of Social Work

Forensic Mental Health Sub-specialization

The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will admit students beginning Fall of 2014 in a new sub-specialization of Forensic Mental Health.  Students who pursue this sub-specialization of Mental Health will be poised to enter jobs that allow them to work with justice involved clients and systems.  Social workers play a role in all phases related to the justice system.  Students may be involved in assessment, case management and direct service provision in service systems such as domestic violence, child advocacy, juvenile justice, and human trafficking, and justice systems including pre-sentencing, corrections, probation and parole.

The proposed program consists of 60 hours and meets the accreditation requirements for an MSW degree.  The program integrates courses in the School of Social Work and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Second year field placements immerse students in the work of forensic mental health.  For more information about specific courses and the program, please refer to the advising template at http://www.luc.edu/socialwork/academics/mswadvisingtemplates.shtml.

Application Eligibility and Process:

Students should be advised that this sub-speciailization is only compatible with the Mental Health specialization.  No additional specializations can be added or substituted as a result.

Students who are interested in the program must be full time, fall admits beginning their first semester of the program.  Unlike other specializations in the MSW program, forensic mental health requires an application for admission.  Applications for the Fall 2015 term will be accepted until August 1, 2015.

Interested applicants must complete the application and submit it to Program Director, Dr. James Marley, at jmarley@luc.edu. The application process is competitive, and not all students will be eligible to pursue this sub-specialization.


Note: all additonal courses that are required for the Mental Health and MSW program for this specific program can be found on the academic advising template for Forensic Mental Health at http://www.luc.edu/socialwork/academics/mswadvisingtemplates.shtml

*CJC 415 is a substitute for SOWK 610H, and CJC 403 is a substitute for SOWK 606.


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