Chicago - Staff Information




Mary Dungy-Akenji, MSW, LCSW, PhD

Chicago Coordinator


Mary Dungy holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago's school of Social Service Administration. Mary's professional social work experience has been a diverse mix of community organizing, policy, advocacy, case management and guardianship work. Mary is also a current doctoral student at Loyola University of Chicago's School of Social Work and holds a Master's degree in theology.

Mary can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Of Interest

Social Worker Licensure Compact

As of July 14, 2022 draft legislation for the Social Worker Licensure Compact has become available. To view, please click here

The Lifeline and 988 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. 

Learn more about this resource here

Social Work p.r.n. Announces Partnership with CEU Creations
We are so glad to be a featured sponsor with CEU Creations which will allow us to offer discounted CEUs to our staff. CEU Creations offers a wide-range of CEs that are informative, engaging and affordable. Click here to view the latest offerings and be sure to check back frequently as events are always being added. 
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Is Social Media Affecting Our Mental Health?
This article discusses the possible link between social media and poor mental health, along with a fear of being without our cell phones. In many cases, social media is leading to negative comparisons and slowly replacing the need for social interactions. 

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.

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.

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.  Practice tests are available by appointment only Monday through Friday at 4:00pm.  Please call us at 708-383-2251 to schedule a time to come in to take the exam.