Blending the art of psychotherapy
with the science of behavior analysis
   

Background

Ms. Gould is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. During her long professional career, Ms. Gould has worked for both private agencies and school systems. Ms. Gould has worked for the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization and the Niles Township District for Special Education. She has served as a consultant and been a guest lecturer for many area school districts. During her twelve years working in schools, Ms Gould developed new parent support programs. She also created and led many peer buddy groups creating a community of support for students in special education programs.

Ms. Gould was the Childhood Disability and Family Support Specialist for the Jewish Children's Bureau for over a decade. In that capacity she created parent groups, sibling groups, grandparent groups, grandparent raising grandchildren groups, family camps, and parent education programs. She also established inclusion consultation and home visiting programs. Ms. Gould has published on the subject of home based support services.

Ms. Gould has expertise in autism. She served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Autism Society of Illinois for many years. She has provided training on autism and related topics to hundreds of teachers and therapists.

Currently Ms. Gould has a full time private practice divided between Deerfield and Westmont, IL. In her practice, she serves children and adults with special needs and their families. She feels privileged to be invited into the lives of her clients where she provides support and guidance through life's transitions. Ms. Gould has been able to celebrate successes with parents when their child has surpassed expectations and has been able to help clients grieve when there has been a loss of a loved one or a family crisis. She partners with families through life's ups and downs having relationships with some families for over 20 years. As a BCBA, Ms. Gould also provides behavioral assessments and consultation to families and school districts. She also offers the PEERS program, an evidence based social skills program for teens and young adults.

Ms. Gould's education includes certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn. State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987. She has received additional training from The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California, The Center for Collaborative Problem Solving, Boston, Massachusetts, UCLA for PEERS certification and The Social Thinking Center, San José, California.