Senior Lecturer

Rachel Goldsmith

Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R, is a therapist, trainer, educator, and non-profit management professional. Throughout her career, she has worked with survivors of interpersonal violence and systemic trauma.  Rachel has held leadership positions at Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, and The Legal Aid Society. She currently is the Director of Social Work for the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society. In this role, Rachel oversees social work services within the Civil Practice and provides training and technical assistance to all Civil Practice units. She also maintains a private practice.

Rachel is passionate about helping the next generation of social workers learn meaningful skills to prepare them for the field. Additionally, she regularly trains on trauma, vicarious trauma, self-care, and wellness practices for social workers and non-profit and public interest legal staff. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Trauma Studies and completed training in EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy. Rachel obtained a BS in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University and an MSW from Columbia University.