Laurie has worked with children, youth and their families since 1980. She has worked as a student support worker or youth care worker in the Quesnel School District from the early 1990’s to 2008. She has been employed in the areas of children and youth with special needs, child and youth mental health, adult mental health services, and individual, personal counseling with students accessing post-secondary education. Laurie graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2003. In May 2012 Laurie graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work through UNBC. Laurie has also taken courses in the areas of cognitive behavioral intervention, human development, conflict resolution, adult education, and sand play therapy. Laurie has had experience in anger and stress management, self-esteem building, developing healthy relationships, coping with grief and loss, goal setting, decision making and problem solving.
Laurie is in the process of certification as a sand play therapist, a form of expressive intervention that assists the recovery (or personal growth) process in individuals who have experienced trauma, developmental disruptions, or difficulties expressing themselves verbally.
Laurie is a member of the BC College of Social Workers. Member # 9614; the BC Association of Social Workers, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Sand Play Therapists.