Philadelphia - Staff Information


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Joann Poole
Philadelphia Coordinator


Joann is a native Philadelphian. She and her husband, Bob, share four children and seven grandbabies (four girls and three boys).


Joann has been working for Social Work p.r.n. Philadelphia Office since 2000, in various roles. Joann believes that Social Work p.r.n.’s mission is to provide highly skilled and qualified candidates on an ‘as needed basis.’ The company, she says, is all about the ‘fit.” Over the years, she has found that if it doesn’t work for both sides, it’s not a good placement for either the employer or the social work professional.


“I have made many friends over the years, both social workers and employees of settings that we work with,” Joann says. “I thoroughly believe I give 110% to both and get as much back as I give. It’s amazing how many people, even those I may not have met in person, feel that they are lifetime friends. We know as much about each other’s personal lives as close friends would; whether we discuss our families, restaurants, wine, or pets, we are ultimately just people, connected by the same work.”


“Social workers are selfless individuals who strive to make the world a better place, one person at a time,” she explains. “I like to believe that I also give the same service to my employees and the companies we service.


To discuss employment opportunities or staffing needs, Joann can be reached at 215.641.2311 or 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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Millersville University School of Social Work Webinar Series Announced

The Millersville University of Social Work is excited to share their planned Documentary & Dialogue Series and Policy Advocacy Webinar Series scheduled for this semester. All sessions will be virtual and are FREE to attend unless you want CEUs. 

For more information about, visit The Learning Institute webpage at: 

Free, Informational Webinar Series From NASW-PA

This monthly webinar series is a great opportunity to get your continuing education. These webinars are meaningful, relevant and have been engaging for those attending. We encourage you to view these upcoming webinars and take advantage of them as they become available. To view the upcoming webinars and learn more, click here

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.