Rachel Hopsicker


    When did you begin working at CALM/ How long have you been at CALM?

    I began working at CALM as a full-time employee in 2014, however I also worked at CALM as graduate student from 2008 to 2011 as an Assessment Specialist and Psychological Assistant Trainee.

    What is your role at CALM?

    I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I provide clinical services to children and families through the HOPE (Helping Others in Parenting Environments) and IIH (Intensive In-Home) programs. I also provide individual clinical supervision to doctoral student trainees.

    Please share one of your best CALM experiences (a time you felt like you really made a difference).

    I worked with a young man with an extensive history of physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Over the course of his teenage years he bounced between five foster homes. I was lucky enough to work with him when he finally found his forever home and ultimate adoptive family. During our last session he told me that I was the first person in his life whom he felt really, truly cared for him, and that this helped him begin his journey toward breaking down his protective walls and trusting the love, respect and safety that his forever family was providing him. Watching him open up to his innate worthiness and lovability has been one of the greatest gifts of my career so far.

    Finish the sentence, “If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better, I would….”

    If I could do one thing to make kids lives better, I would make sure they have at least one caregiver in their lives who makes them feel loved, heard, and cherished, and who can hold and celebrate their range of emotions.

    What is one thing you wish people knew about CALM?

    As staff, we live what we teach. In order to heal and serve our community, we are highly committed to knowing ourselves deeply, pushing and challenging ourselves even on the hard days, and making time to care for and nurture ourselves.

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