Our History

Our History:

Social Work p.r.n. is a social work owned and operated company started in 1988 under the company name, Joan Upshaw and Associates. In 1992, we trademarked the name Social Work p.r.n. "p.r.n." is Latin for pro re nata or "under the circumstances". Hence, our name Social Work "as needed". Believing social work and business ideas make a great meld, Joan K. Upshaw, LSCW, developed Social Work p.r.n. as a demonstration project for the social work profession.


Core Values...

  • Businesses are built on relationships 
  • Relationship-building is paramount to the success of our business 
  • People, specifically, our employees and affiliate staff, are our most valuable resource 
  • Consistent validation of a person's contributions helps a person feel valued 
  • "Growing people" is both good for persons and for the organizations for which they labor 
  • Persons are entitled to be "whole people" with "whole lives" even though they work at jobs AND … 
  • The concept of "fit" holds that the relationship between employer and worker helps meet the needs of both parties and "fit" is vital in placing workers into jobs


Social Work p.r.n. was built as a social work business that could integrate these values and serve as a resource for both settings and social workers.

We have grown over 21 years to include 12 offices throughout the United States offering services in Atlanta, Baltimore/DC, Chicago, Florida, Houston, Jackson, Kansas City, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

To contact the office location nearest you, see our Locations page or call our Corporate Office at 800.595.9648 for more information.