Chicago - Staff Information

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Cassie Desir, MSW, LSW


Chicago Coordinator


Cassie Desir holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Cassie's professional social work experience has primarily involved providing advocacy and counseling services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while educating the community on these issues. Cassie has supervised staff and interns in various settings, and has volunteered her time working with homeless women and providing grief support to bereaved families. Cassie has a passion for making jewelry and using art to facilitate healing and social change. She joined Social Work p.r.n. in 2014.

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Mary Dungy, MSW


Administrative Assistant


Mary Dungy received her Master’s Degree in social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. Mary’s social work experience is primarily in community practice and civic engagement. She currently in a doctoral program at Loyola’s School of Social Work.


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Of Interest

Searching For Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting

Our founder, Joan Upshaw, was a strong believer that social workers could bring value to any position or organization. All of us at Social Work p.r.n. support that belief. This insightful article from USC's online Doctor of Social Work program details the challenges and benefits of moving from the nonprofit world into a corporate setting.

Advocacy Day in Illinois

Advocacy Day will take place in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Join an anticipated 1,000+ social workers and social work students from across the state to attend a half day of educational seminars followed by lobbying in the state capital. Learn more about the event here

Recognizing the Need For School Social Workers

We encourage you to read this interview with Samantha Boatwright, a licensed clinical social worker who works with public school kids in Georgia. Those in these roles are stretched thin providing much needed mental health services to kids around the country.

In this article, Boatwright shares how she’s hoping to help families struggling to understand mental illness in children and why working with children on their mental health is crucial for development.

Why Companies Need Social Workers

Social workers can fill a variety of roles for companies, but as researchers are finding employing social workers for employees’ mental health can increase overall performance. Having social workers on staff can also help keep management’s decisions in check with ethical guidelines and evolve HR departments. Read this great article to learn more about why companies need social workers.

Keeping Families Together at the Border

While recent improvements have been made, it is still important to keep up on the situation occurring at our border and stay on top of the issue. Learn more here about what YOU can be doing. 

Also, we encourage you to read the recent statement from the NASW regarding President Trump's executive order regarding family separation. You can view this statement here

Please note that there will be a march held in Downtown Chicago on June 30th to protest the inhumane separation of families along the U.S. Southern border. Learn more about this "Families Belong Together" event.

Updates to NASW Code of Ethics 

This January, changes to the NASW Code of Ethics will go into effect. The changes to the Code, the first since 2008, include some of the most significant changes since the 1996 version of the Code was approved. Learn more about the recent amendments here

Social Work p.r.n. Offers Group Supervision

Do you want to become licensed as an LCSW (or LSW if you hold your BSW) and don’t know where to get the necessary supervision?

Do you currently receive supervision at your place of employment and this supervision does not fulfill the licensing requirements?

Do you want to jump start your career by becoming licensed?

We can help.  Social Work p.r.n. offers group supervision on Wednesday evenings here in our office in Oak Park.  Our group clinical supervision meets the requirements of the Illinois Departments of Professional Regulation for persons seeking licensure as Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and if you have a BSW, as Social Workers (LSW). The fee is $42 per session.  For additional information please call 708-383-2251.

Learn more about SW p.r.n. at our Informational Sessions

We will be hosting informational meetings to give Social Workers more information about our organization. Although it is not a required part of the formal application process, our informational meetings are an excellent opportunity for you to learn about our program in-depth and for the staffing coordinators to learn more about you. Please RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Each of these events take place at our office: 1101 Lake Street, Suite 402, Oak Park, Illinois 60301

The Effect of Smartphones on the Younger Generation is Undeniable

This interesting article from The Atlantic discusses the shift in teen behaviors and emotional states with the increasing dependence upon smartphones and technology. The author describes how this generation, known as the "iGen", have been affected by smartphones, tablets and constant access to technology and information. Not only is this generation behaving differently than those before them, but their mental health is being affected in an entirely new way as well. 

Computerized practice test for the LSW or LCSW offered 

Social Work p.r.n. offers social workers the opportunity to prepare for the LSW or LCSW exam with a user-friendly, computer-based practice test. The program allows you to take practice exams and to review your missed/incorrect answers. Social Work p.r.n. also offers a study guide available for check out two weeks at a time.  The cost for these services is a one-time fee of $10.00 payable by cash or check when you arrive.  Practice tests are available by appointment only Monday through Friday during business hours.  Please call us at 708-383-2251 to schedule a time to come in to take the exam or check out the study guide.