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New Concentration Announcement for Fall 2018—Forensic Social Work

The Department of Social Work is excited to announce a new concentration, with classes slated to begin Fall 2018.

DePaul’s Forensic Social Work concentration focuses on the overlap between the human services system and the legal system. This concentration is grounded in three essential values:

  1. The National Association of Social Work’s Code of Ethics preamble which states, “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty;”
  2. The United Nations Human Rights Declaration that “all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law” (Article 7); and
  3. The Vincentian values that recognize the inherent dignity of all persons.

Forensic social workers practice in a number of settings that may include courthouses, rape crisis centers, intimate partner violence agencies, and legal advocacy groups among many other venues.

More information about specific course requirements will be available Winter 2018. Contact if you have questions in the meantime.

Communities—a Department of Social Work Blog

In Winter 2015, the Department of Social Work began publication of Communities, a twice-annual newsletter that will detail projects and accomplishments of students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders. In fall 2018, the department began a blog version to accommodate more timely information and updates. Archived copies of the original newsletter are posted on the blog as well.

Updates for this publication should be sent to:

More time-sensitive updates, such as job postings, events and shared links can be sent to the same address, for posting on the department’s Facebook page.

MSW Program Information Sessions

If you or someone you know is considering pursuing or advancing a career in Social Work, please consider attending one our information sessions. For a complete list of sessions offered, along with reservation information, visit The page also lists dates and reservation information for Graduate Open House, at which the MSW Program has representatives to provide information.​