President-Elect: Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS
Three-Year Commitment, One Year Each Position:
- President-Elect May 2017 - May 2018
- President May 2018 - May 2019
- Past President May 2019 - May 2020
Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS is the Senior Child Life Manager at Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals (KACCH). Prior to moving to Kuwait Stephanie was the Child Life Clinical Educator at Sidra Research and Medical Center in Doha, Qatar. Stephanie’s journey in Child Life includes over 25 years of clinical and academic experience. In May of 2013 Stephanie received the Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award from the Association of Child Life Professionals (formally known as the Child Life Council) in recognition for her exemplary child life work and high level of clinical skill. Stephanie has worked at several hospitals including Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Kaiser Permanente. During her time at KACCH, Sidra, Yale and CHLA Stephanie co-developed and implemented the child life internship programs. In addition to her professional commitments Stephanie’s dedication to child life includes volunteering her time with Operation Smile. Through Operation Smile she has traveled with a multidisciplinary team to provide child life services in Kenya, the Philippines, and Malawi. She was invited and currently serves on the child life specialty council for the organization.
Stephanie is an accomplished speaker, trainer and writer. Among her many accomplishments is the delivery of numerous international and national presentations on child life, leadership, reflective practice, professional care, and reflective supervision, including keynote addresses on race, ethnicity and culture, resiliency, and reflective practice. She has written chapters in books including a chapter in a pediatric psychosocial oncology textbook and in Child Life Beyond the Hospital, an ACLP publication. As a respected educator, she has served as Senior Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College, as an Instructor at UCLA-Extension, and as lead consultant and curriculum design specialist for Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., an international firm that offers training and technical assistance for children, youth and families.
Stephanie’s commitment and dedication to child life extends beyond her clinical and education work. She has been highly engaged in our professional organization from the time she first became a member as a student. She has served on numerous communities and task forces. She has served on the ACLP (formally known as CLC) board as a member at large (now known as director) and was invited to participate as a trainer to collaborate with a dynamic team that provided a 2 ½ day comprehensive train the trainer program on pediatric psychosocial care in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, she helped lead the way in implementing one of the first mega committees for ACLP with a focus on leadership. Stephanie continues to bring a distinct presence and knowledge base in working with children, youth, families and professionals across health care specialties. She is deeply committed to the advancement of psychosocial care and her passion, talent and profound commitment to children and families continues to inspire and motivate others.