Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Forensic Mental Health Sub-specialization

Offered in partnership with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Forensic Mental Health sub-specialization prepares students to enter jobs focused in the justice system. Students may be involved in all areas of the justice system, including assessment, case management, and direct service provision in service systems. Service systems include: domestic violence, child advocacy, juvenile justice, and human trafficking; justice systems including pre-sentencing, corrections, probation and parole.

The program consists of 60 hours and meets the accreditation requirements for a MSW degree. The program integrates courses in the School of Social Work and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Second year internships immerse students in the work of forensic mental health.

Application for this sub-specialization is required. This sub-specialization is only compatible with the Mental Health specialization. Students who are interested in the program must be full time Summer or Fall admits. Applications should be submitted by December 1st.

Students need to fill out the Forensic Mental Health Application Form and submit it to Program Director Dr. James Marley at jmarley@luc.edu. The application process is competitive —not all students will be accepted into this sub-specialization.

Required courses:

  • CJC 401: Politics and Policy Analysis
  • CJC 402: Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 403: Program Evaluation and Research Methods
  • CJC 415: Mental Illness and Crime
  • CJC Elective
  • CJC or SOWK Elective

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

 For more information about specific courses and the program, please refer to the Forensic Mental Health Subspecialization Template.