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MSW Child and Family Policy Concentration

 Prepare for a career in adult and child focused social work.

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Advocate For and Affect Families, Youth and Children

Learn about how the law and legal systems affect your clients and your social work practice in family-focused settings. Develop the skills to better represent families, youth, and children within the legal system and public policy.

The concentration is offered in conjunction with the Civitas Child Law Center at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law, where you will take your children’s law and policy classes in an online format

child and family policy CONCENTRATION HIGHLIGHTS

Our Program is Made For You

This 60-credit hour program can be personalized to your focus on child and family policy.

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High Demand Skills

Sharpen your competitive edge in the marketplace.

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This concentration is solely available with our Campus program. In some instances Loyola courses are offered online.

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Faculty Experts

Learn from our nationally recognized faculty and build a network of colleagues.

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Specialized Field Placements

Field placement during your final year is in a setting focused on law and social policy for child and family development.

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Your Ideal Program

Depending on your goals, choose from a 2 or 3 year program.

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If you have a BSW, you’ll waive up to 25 credit hours and save on tuition, putting your learning into practice even sooner.

Explore a Few of the Concentration Courses

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Introduction to the Study of Law and the Legal System
This foundational course introduces students to the sources and functions of law in our society.
LAW 665
Introduction to Children’s Law and Policy
This course is designed to give students an introductory overview of the law as it affects children.
LAW 667
Child Welfare and Policy
This course focuses on federal and state legal and policy efforts to protect children from abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment.
LAW 670
Nancy Toncy
Clinical Supervisor, Between Friends
“Erikson students come to us with excellent family therapy skills. They know how to talk to parents about their children in a very sensitive way.”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

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