Monika is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) with endorsement in both Community and Counselling psychology. She's also a member of the Community and Counselling Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society.

For over 20 years, Monika has provided specialist services across a wide spectrum of trauma-related areas in international, national, regional and local settings. Her special interests and experience include psychotraumatology, cross-cultural counselling and resilience.

From 2000 to 2005 Monika worked at the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, providing psychological support to victims and witnesses and contributing to the formation of policies and procedures relating to testifying to war crimes.

Between 2005 and 2010 Monika provided individual and community interventions for psychological recovery from sudden loss and natural disaster – including the 2009 Victorian bushfires. During this time, Monika was an active professional trainer and supervisor within the field of trauma, community and counselling psychology and held the position of Coordinator of the Masters and Graduate Diploma of Counselling programs at VU.

From 2010 to 2017 Monika lived and worked as a psychologist in Stockholm, Sweden. Here she provided psychological services to adults and later worked with a government unit for crisis and disaster psychology. In this role she contributed to training and research in psychotraumatology and to the coordination of the psychosocial support response in the emergency services organisation of Stockholm.

In 2018, Monika returned to VU as Lecturer in Psychology and Course Chair of the Master of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling programs.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Vania Ranjbar, V., Näslund, M.S., Vingare, E., Hagelthorn, C., Englund, L. & Karlsson, I., (2015) The Swedish Psychotrauma Society: joining forces for a national psychotrauma platform from a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6: 28546.

Conference presentations

Naslund, M (2016) An investigation of Psychological and Social Support Services within Regional Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Planning: Organisation, Competence and Collaboration among Key Agencies, International Society for Stress and Trauma Studies (ISTSS)  Dallas, Texas.

Naslund, M (2016) National conference - Traumadagen, Stockholm, Sweden.

Naslund, M. (2013) An investigation of a Community’s Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Response:  An exploration of the critical elements of collaboration, cooperation and competence in the provision of psychological and social support services. European Congress of Community Psychology, Naples, Italy.

Appearances in the media

Naslund, M (Print):  Dagens Nyheter: The psychological impact of the Paris shooting, Jan 2015

Naslund, M (Television): Sweden Public Television (SVT) National News live studio interview: Psychological impact of Brussels bombing and recommendations on how to manage reactions, April 2016.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Full member
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) – College of Community Psychology
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) – College of Community Psychology.

Industry experience

  • AHPRA endorsed supervisor of Community Psychology students
  • AHPRA endorsed supervisor of Counselling Psychology students
  • AHPRA endorsed supervisor – General registration
  • Swedish Red Cross – International Field delegate in psychosocial support
  • Train the Trainer: Skills for Psychological Recovery, ACPMH, Australia 2008
  • Train the Trainer: Community Recovery Following Disaster, Beyondblue, Australia 2008.

Teaching responsibilities


Course Chair, Master of Counselling (AMPE) and Post Graduate of Counselling (AGPD)

Teaching – Community Psychology

  • Foundations in Psychotherapy
  • Interventions 1: CBT
  • Professional Ethics
  • Community Health Psychology
  • Community Psychology Practicum – Field placement supervision.

Teaching - Counselling

  • Social and Ethical issues in Counselling
  • Minor Thesis supervision
  • Counselling Practicum – Field placement supervision.


Community Psychology - Master theses (2)

Counselling – Minor theses (25).

Areas of expertise

  • Psychotraumatology
 Monika Naslund

Contact details

(03) 9919 8739