News from the Aurora University community

Aurora University alumna named Social Worker of the Year

Posted by on March 2, 2017

Elgin native also teaches in the university’s social work program

AURORA, Ill. — Mary Abbott, who completed her master’s degree in social work at Aurora University in 1997 and now teaches in the university’s social work program, was named Statewide Social Worker of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Mary Abbott

The designation honors the work of exceptional social workers nationwide whose work promotes social justice and social change with and on behalf of the people and clients they serve.

Social workers stand up for millions of people every day, according to a NSWA news release, including those who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, veterans, children, families and communities.

Abbott started her career in social work 25 years ago as a juvenile probation officer. For the past 20 years she has worked as a school social worker with district U-46 in Elgin. She also is an adjunct professor at Aurora University in the Graduate School of Social Work and provides supervision to social workers seeking their clinical hours for LCSW certification.

Through a small Elgin-based private practice, she provides psychotherapy to individuals, families and couples. Mary has a passion for trauma-informed care and building relationships with her clients. She believes in connection, genuineness and caring in order to empower change.