Dawn Broers

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Dr. Dawn Broers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. She has over 27 years of direct experience in mental health, private practice, and school social work. She has taught both adjunct and as a full-time traditional instructor in counseling and social work for 20 years and is currently a contributing faculty in Walden's Master's of Social Work program.
Dr. Broers obtained her PhD in Social Work, with a focus on Policy Practice at Walden University. Her research interests are in policy practice among social workers, trauma, and homelessness.
Besides teaching, Dr. Broers is the Founder and Executive Director of a grassroots nonprofit Fortitude Community Outreach. Fortitude serves the homeless in her community by offering outreach and shelter. She also maintains a private practice. Dr. Broers recently published a social work text with an online video module companion titled "Social Work Policy Practice in Action: Views from the Field".


PhD, Walden University

MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public Service

Salvation Army Advisory Board, Chair - Kankakee

Kankakee County Continuum of Care, Member - Kankakee

Fortitude Community Outreach, Organizer - Kankakee

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Volunteer of Kankakee County Nominee, , 2017

Scholars of Change Video Contest Grand Prize Winner, Walden University, 2017


Broers, D. (2018). Identifying Factors that Predict Policy Practice Among Social Workers.

Broers, D. (2018). Social Work Policy Practice in Action: Views from the Field.


Broers, D. (2016). “Advanced Social Work Supervision” 3-hour CEU training . Olivet Nazarene University

Broers, D. (2014). “Falling Between the Cracks: Partnership Interventions that Work with Challenging Students”.

Broers, D. (2016). “Finding a Place to Call Home: Utilizing Photovoice to Explore the Commuter Experience at a Private University”. Olivet Nazarene University

Broers, D. (2012). “New Approaches in Assessing and Treating Inattentive ADHD”. Kankakee Community Colleg

Broers, D. (2016). “Photovoice: When Words are Not Enough”. Olivet Nazarene University

Broers, D. (2013). “Shifting the ADHD Paradigm”. Kankakee Community College

Broers, D. (2011). “The Failure Message: ADHD and Self-Esteem”. Kankakee Community College

Broers, D. (2016). “The Power of One: Ethics and Advocacy”. Olivet Nazarene University