Biography

Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R is a clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience working with survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.   At Safe Horizon her role is Associate Vice President of Domestic Violence shelters where she provides leadership and management direction to Safe Horizon’s 8 domestic violence shelters which shelter over 700 adults and children each evening.  

Prior to Safe Horizon, Ms. Goldsmith served as the Manager of Non-Residential Services at Sanctuary for Families.  In that role, Ms. Goldsmith supervised social work staff and interns, managed the agency hotline, provided training to multidisciplinary staff members and community groups, and maintained a caseload clients for individual and group counseling services.   Ms. Goldsmith provided affidavits of support for immigration cases and testified in family court proceedings.

Ms. Goldsmith is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work where she teaches clinical practice.

Ms. Goldsmith has a Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University.   Additionally, she holds an Advanced Certificate in Trauma Studies from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.  Ms. Goldsmith is an experienced trainer and in addition to conducting trainings for non-profit, medical, and educational institutions in New York, she also made four trips to Uganda where she trained local professionals including social workers, counselors, pastors, midwives, teachers, prison guards on the treatment of psychological trauma.