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Rob Plotkin, MSW, LSW
Philadelphia Franchise Owner

Rob Plotkin, MSW, LSW is the franchise owner of Social Work p.r.n. - Philadelphia. Rob was awarded the first franchise system in 1997. Rob received his MSW from Temple University's School of Social Work Administration and his MBA from Drexel University's Executive MBA program. Rob believes that owning a social work business fits wonderfully for him. "I've discovered that that I'm using more of my clinical skills now," he states, "than when I was in direct practice." Part of Rob's intrigue in owning a franchise system, was to meld his entrepreneurial spirit with his professional social work values, "Those values provide the structure and without the structure, business decisions could be made that are incompatible with what I see would be a good corporate citizen."

Rob cites that Social Work p.r.n. has a reputation in Philadelphia, as an agency that can be counted on to provide quality professional social work services.


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 the USC School of Social WorkUSC School of Social Work details the challenges and benefits of moving from the nonprofit world into a corporate setting.

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.

Michigan Social Worker Spearheads Effort for Post-Conflict Syria 

Marijo Upshaw, former Social Work p.r.n. member, was recently interviewed by public radio (Public News Service) regarding her involvement with the International Community Action Network (ICAN). Together they launched a project to establish the profession of social work in Syria. Read more about this effort.

Social Workers as Super-Heroes TEDx Talk by Dr. Anna Scheyett 

Dr. Anna Scheyett describes the ways that social workers serve their communities in this TEDx Talk. Dr. Scheyett serves as dean of the College of Social Work at USC. Her research examines community integration of vulnerable populations, especially those with serious mental illnesses, those with HIV, and those involved in the criminal justice system.