Susan Brotherton

Social Work
Ritter Annex


Susan Brotherton is an instructor and alumnae of Temple’s School of Social Work. She is the former director of Philadelphia social services for the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia where she served for eight years overseeing emergency, permanent supportive and permanent housing programs, anti-human trafficking programs, family case management services and food pantry programs. Prior to that role, she served as the director of the trauma-informed Red Shield Family Residence, an emergency housing program serving families in Philadelphia. Susan has represented the Salvation Army at conferences around the country presenting promising practices in trauma-informed care, creating trauma-sensitive cultures in human service organizations, serving families and youth experiencing homelessness, meeting the unique needs of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and understanding the intersection of adverse childhood experiences and human trafficking.

Currently, in addition to teaching, Susan serves as an organizational consultant providing staff development, supervision and training to human service agencies. Prior to her work with the Salvation Army, she worked in the mental health field managing a residential program for adults whose lives have been affected by mental illness, as a clinical case manager, and a psychotherapist serving individuals and families.


  • MSW, Temple University
  • BA, Psychology, Susquehanna University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SSWU 3011

The Social Worker in the Group


SSWG 5103

Theory-Informed Macro Practice I: Groups, Organizations, and Communities


SSWG 5104

Theory-Informed Macro Practice II: Groups, Organizations, and Communities


SSWG 8113

Resource and Grant Development for Human Services


SSWG 8114

Supervision, Staff Management, and Staff Development in Human Service Organizations


Selected Publications

  • Brotherton, S. & Bloom, S.L. (2019). The Complex Mental Health Consequences of Human Trafficking. In R.I. Dalla & D. Sabella (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Human Trafficking; A Multi-Disciplinary and Applied Approach. Routledge.

  • Brotherton, S. & Manirakiza, J. (2018). Understanding Sex Trafficking through the Lens of Coercion: A Closer Look at Exploitation, Threats, and Betrayal. In M.C. Burke (Ed.), Working with the Human Trafficking Survivor What Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Medical Professionals Need to Know. Routledge.