Class 11 (2012-2014)

Natasha Holt, Australia

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work

Natasha is a youth-focused clinical social worker, trauma specialist, and peace activist with experience working with vulnerable and marginalised populations who have been impacted by trauma, torture and violence across Australia, Asia and North America. Natasha’s roots are in community collaboration, creating and sustaining relationships and dialogue with disparate voices working together to de-escalate violence and create improved health and wellbeing through building safer communities. Inspired by the stories of resilience shared by family members impacted by war, Natasha is committed to healing through story, and through development of individual and collective capacity, using therapy to help clients flip the script on trauma. Natasha currently coordinates delivery of direct clinical services, including providing clinical supervision for counsellor advocates, at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. Natasha also works with youth impacted by gun violence as a clinician, mentor and coach. Given the high level of burnout and vicarious trauma in the peacebuilding and mental health sectors, Natasha has delivered lectures and consultations on vicarious trauma, resilience and wellbeing, and provides ongoing counselling for peacebuilders and mental health practitioners.

Applied Field Experience

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Thailand