Katie holds a bachelor's degree in Art Education with a minor in Japanese from The University of Iowa, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Katie’s professional experience includes Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Parent Education, and Child, Youth and Family Services Casework.
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Lead Parent Educator at the Fort Carson Army Community Service Family Nurturing Center in Fort Carson, Colorado. Katie’s husband, Tyson, was active duty in the United States Armed Forces infantry from 2006-2014. Katie’s experiences as a military spouse led to her strong desire to work with military families. Katie met Rita Wiley in 2013 at Fort Carson, and was her counseling intern and post-graduate intern in the Nurturing Parenting Program® until she took over leading the program in 2017. Katie has learned so much from Rita over the years, and draws on this experience, and her experience as a mother of two boys, as she facilitates the Nurturing Parenting Program.
Katie currently facilitates the Nurturing Parenting Program to families at Fort Carson, offering 6 programs a year. Since 2014, Katie has facilitated and co-facilitated the Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and Their Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Nurturing Parenting for Parents and Their School Age Children 5 to 11 years in over 25 successfully completed programs to date. Class sizes are consistently large, and around 15-25 parents successfully graduate each Nurturing program. In addition to the Nurturing Program, the Family Nurturing Center at Fort Carson also offers Infant massage, Toddler Time, Play Group, and Filial Therapy weekly, where Nurturing philosophy is actively incorporated. The Nurturing Center also has a Facebook page, Fort Carson ACS Family Nurturing Programs, currently with over 1700 members. The Facebook page links military families from across the world, and offers a forum for Nurturing advice and support. The Nurturing Parenting Programs at Fort Carson are a part of many family treatment plans, and are a vital part of preventing child abuse and neglect in the military, and building healthy nurturing military families.
Katie Hopkins, LPC #284
Colorado Springs, Colorado