This breakout session will take place Friday (at 2PM) in the Lev Bukhman Lounge.
Natalie Clark, M.S.W., PhD (abd), is currently on faculty with Thompson Rivers University (Secwepmec territory) and the Justice institute of BC (Qayqayt First Nation). Natalie teaches courses on trauma practice. Natalie’s work is informed and mobilized through her interconnected identities including her Metis ancestry; as a solo-parent of three Secwepmec children and part of the Secwepemc community; an academic; a community based researcher and counsellor. Natalie’s practice, teaching and research over the last 15 years have focused on trauma with children, youth and their families and communities and the coping responses to trauma and violence including experiences with issues of sexual exploitation; eating disorders; addictions, youth justice and health. Natalie’s research focuses on Indigenous field education, and Indigenous child and youth trauma, with a focus on healing and resistance to violence and trauma, including the impact of policy and intersecting policies on Indigenous families and communities. Natalie continues to practice and provide training on trauma-informed girls groups, including the model she co-developed and facilitated for over 12 years in both rural and urban space.