Natalie Clark, M.S.W., PhD (abd), is currently on faculty with the School of Social Work at UBC and grateful to be a guest of the Musqueam people in addition to her ongoing work as adjunct faculty with Thompson Rivers University (Secwepmec territory) and the Justice institute of BC (Qayqayt First Nation). Natalie teaches undergraduate and graduate 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.



Winter 2016
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No SOWK course(s) were found for W2016 term.

Publications (includes advance online publications not yet in print)

Citation indices All Since 2009
Citations 90 90
h-index 3 3
i10-index 1 1


Journal Articles (13 Peer Reviewed)

Clark, N. & Drolet, J. (2015). Melq’ilwiye” Coming Together: Reflection and narratives of social work and human service field education coordinators. Currents: Scholarship in the Human Services. Special Issue on Social Work Field Education in Canada.

Johnson, S., Te Momo, F., Clark, N., Sparrow, C., & Hapi, R. (2015). Indigenizing the international academy on unceded territory.. Canadian Journal of Native Education. 2015 Theme Issue: 1.

Hankivsky, O., Grace, D., Hunting, G., Giesbrecht, M., Fridkin, A., Rudrum, S., … & Clark, N. (2014).. (2014). An intersectionality-based policy analysis framework: critical reflections on a methodology for advancing equity. International Journal for Equity in Health. 13(1): 119.

Clark, N. (2013). Perseverance, determination and resistance: An Indigenous intersectional policy analysis of violence in the lives of Aboriginal girls and women. Intersectional Based Policy Analysis. Hankivsky, O. (Ed.).

Clark N., Walton, P., Drolet, J., Tribute, T., Jules, G., Main, T., & Arnouse, M. (2013). Melq’ilwiye” Coming together: Intersections of cultural identity and health for urban aboriginal youth in the interior of BC.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

Clark, N., Reid, M., Drolet, J., Peirce, J., Samuel, M., Charles, G., … Arnouse, M. (2012). Imagining Indigenous social work field education as ethical space: “Melq’ilwiye” – coming together globally for culturally safe practice Indigenous social work practices and theories. Native Social Work Journal. Volume 8.

Drolet, J., Christianson, T., Clark, N. (2011). The BRIDGE Project: Building rural inter-professional discussions and group experiences.  Journal of Remote and Rural Health.     

Clark, N., Hunt, S., Good, T., Jules, G. (2010). Ethical dilemmas in community-based research: Working with vulnerable youth in rural communities. Journal of Academic Ethics, Special Issue.

Smith, A., Leadbeater, B., Clark, N. (2010).  Transitions to adulthood for vulnerable youth In British Columbia, Canada.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice. 23(2).

Clark, N., Drolet, J, Arnouse, M; Mathew, N., Walton, P., Tamburro, P., … Armstrong, J. (2010) Decolonizing field education: “Melq’ilwiye” coming together: An exploratory study in the interior of British Columbia.  Critical Social Work, Special Issue on Indigenous Social Work.

Hankivsky, O., Reid, C., Cormier, R., Varcoe, C., Clark, N., Benoit, C., Brotman, S. (2010). Exploring the promises of intersectionality-type methodologies for advancing women’s health research. International Journal for Equity in Health. 

Hulko, W., Bepple, K., Turco, J., Clark, N. (2010). Safe spaces in BC’s interior working with LGBT youth to promote mental health.  Visions Journal for Mental Health and Addictions. 

Clark, N., Drolet, J., Arnouse, M., Mathew, N., Michaud, V., Walton, P., …Armstrong, J. (2010). “Melq’ilwiye” coming together in an intersectional research team – Using narratives and cultural safety to transform Aboriginal social work and human service field education, Pimatisiwin. 7(2).

Clark, N. (2009).  Who are you and why do you care: Intersections of identity within the universityReflections: Narratives of professional helping special issue inside out: Reflections on personal and professional intersections. Grise-Owens, E., Lay, K. (Ed.). 15(2) pp. 5-14.


Books and Book Chapters (*Peer-reviewed)

*Clark, N., Walton, P., Drolet, J., Tribute, T., Jules, G., Main, T. Arnouse, M (accepted forthcoming). Melq’ilwiye: Coming together: Intersections of identity, culture and mental health for urban Indigenous youth. Critical Inquiries: Theories and Methodologies for Social Justice in Mental Heath. M. Morrow & L. Malcoe Eds. University of Toronto Press.

Clark, N. & D. Draney (2014). Cleqmelt: Indigenous Girls Groups. Kamloops: Interior Indian Friendship Society.

*Clark, N. (2013) “Opening pandora’s box: Girls groups and trauma-informed intersectional practice”. In N. Poole, Greaves, L. (Eds.), Moving the Addiction and Mental Health System Towards Being more Trauma-Informed. Vancouver BC: British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

*Drolet, J., Clark, N., Allen, H. (Eds.). (2012). Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.

*Clark, N. (2012). The reflexive practitioner in field education in Canada. In J. Drolet, N. Clark & H. Allen (Eds.), Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, Inc.

*Johnson, S., Tamburro, P., Clark, N. (2012). Aboriginal field education in field education in Canada. In H. Allen, N. Clark, & J. Drolet (Eds.), Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, Inc.

*Clark, N., Hunt, S. (2012). Navigating the crossroads: Exploring young women’s experiences of health using an intersectional framework. In O. Hankivsky (Ed.) Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Bell-Gadsby, C., Clark, N., Hunt, S. (2006) It’s a girl thang: A manual on creating girls groups. Vancouver: McCreary Youth Foundation.


Research Reports and Manuals Published

Sparrow, C., Te Momo, F., Hapi, R., Johnson, S., & Clark, N. (forthcoming Spring 2015). Indigenizing the international academy: Welcoming people and getting our hands dirty. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. International Research Colloquium Working Papers.

Clark, N., Walton, P. (2013).  A gender-based evaluation of youth addictions treatment.  Kamloops BC: Youth Justice, Ministry for Children’s and Family.

Clark, N. (2012). From rites to resiliency. Rites of Passages. Ottawa ON: Vanier Institute for the Family.

Drolet, J., Clark, N., Walton, P. (2010). Shuswap child protection mediation project. Salmon Arm BC: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

McClennan, C., Archibald, T., Drolet, J., Hemingway, D., Clark, N. (2009). Women’s health in Kamloops: A report to the Women’s Health Research Network. Kamloops, BC: KWRGS.


Multi-Media Links

Engaging Indigenous children and youth in activism. (2014). Wild Salmon Covergence.

Indigenous Child and Youth Trauma. UBC Learning Circle. (2014).