Connie Nelson Laird dedicates herself as parent of two daughters, educator, social worker, and community volunteer striving to make a positive impact in our world. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan in 1999 where she designed prevention programs aimed at reducing child abuse and neglect. She supported children and youth through play therapy, support groups and activities as the coordinator of the children’s program at a domestic violence shelter.
She is currently working through Bloomington Center for Connection co-creating and leading groups and workshops for parents and children. She has presented workshops on playful parenting, positive discipline, connecting with kids, and preventing power struggles. She also currently teaches young children at St. Mark’s Nursery School using a play based approach with a focus on social and emotional development. Her volunteer work mirrors her professional work for positive change through activities such as building for and supporting Habitat for Humanity, empowering girls through Girl Scouts, and serving on the Board and ministerial support team for the Unitarian Universalist Church. With a passion for art, she often brings in creative elements to her work with families, youth and children to offer alternate ways of expression and building connections and community.