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. For more information about specific courses and the program, please refer to the Forensic Mental Health Sub-Specialization Advising Template.

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 immediately upon admissions to the MSW program but will be accepted through 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 (1st year Fall)
  • CJC 402: Theories of Criminal Behavior (2nd year Fall)
  • CJC 403: Program Evaluation and Research Methods (2nd year Fall)*
  • CJC 415: Mental Illness and Crime (2nd year Fall)*
  • CJC Elective: (2nd year Spring)
  • CJC or SOWK Elective: (2nd year Spring)

Note: all additional courses that are required for the Mental Health and MSW program for this specific program can be found on the Forensic Mental Health Sub-specialization Advising Template

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