Dr. Esther Goldberg
Thames Valley District School Board
1250 Dundas Street, P.O. Box 5888
London, ON N6A 5L1
Telephone: (226) 219-7571
Clinical interests: I have recently begun a new position with the TVDSB (Fall 2017). My current position involves providing psychological services to four elementary schools and one secondary school. In addition to providing assessment and consultation services to children, families, and staff, I have also provided several internal professional development trainings (including mental health/trauma, learning disabilities and giftedness). Within one elementary and the secondary school, I also have the responsibility of providing services to the Transitions Program classrooms. The students in these self-contained classes have been identified with Behavioural Exceptionalities and as requiring substantially differentiated educational experiences. Although the school board is not a treatment setting, these children generally present with coomplex mental health and other needs.
My approach to assessment and intervention involves applying a developmental psychopathology view. For assessment, the goal is to identify issues and develop strategies as appropriate for the educational environment. For consultation, the goal is to assist school staff and families to better understand needs, and to help identify possible community resources that may also play a role. There is also regular consultation related to students who have been identified a posing a possible risk to the environment, so a threat-risk assessment lens is used. As the school board is not a treatment setting, intervention/therapeutic work usually makes use of solution-focused, and supportive strategies. There is additional opportunity with the Transitions students, particularly in the secondary setting, to employ additional strategies as appropriate.
Topics for workshops, seminars: FASD (have obtained additional training); Assessment
Type of clinical practica: Initial assessment
Types of clients: Child; Adolescent
Types of client problems: Intellectual disability, Communication dis., Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD disorder, Learning disorder, Movement disorder, Impulse control, Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, Disrupt. impulse & conduct dis.
Type of supervision you can provide: Student describes case; Review audiotape with student; Co-therapy/Co-interview; Observe student live
Recent students: C. Sarmiento (2017); J.L. Wilde (2017)
Clinical contact: Available
Available to supervise: No
Last updated: May 21, 2019