Appeared on Good Morning America on ABC Television.
Summary: In an
interview about parent coaching, Dr. Goldberg emphasized the importance of
consulting licensed professionals instead of unregulated people, who may
be without degrees or bone fide training, and not know when they are in
over their heads. Coaching is typically conducted without
seeing the client, such as via phone or e-mail (which raises concerns
about not knowing the client well enough and e-mail lack of
privacy). Surprisingly, unregulated people may charge as much or
more than licensed professionals (even though no office overhead).
Licensed professionals, such as
psychologists, are regulated by the state and have education to
help with normal everyday situations as well as with problems.
The following unsolicited comment is
typical of the many Dr. Goldberg received:
You did a terrific job reinforcing the importance of qualified
professionals. Bravo! "
The following quotes
of what Dr. Goldberg said are from ABC News' website:
"I think the risk with any
coach is that there are a lot of unknowns," Goldberg said.
"It's sort of like a grab bag. You can get somebody who's
qualified who knows a lot, or you can get somebody who's totally
unqualified. And because there's no state regulation you don't know
"I think that anything that is done
over the phone misses certain cues," Goldberg said. "I would be
concerned that somebody who does not have a depth of training would be
able to know when they are in over their head."
Goldberg says that parents should
"There's nothing that is
harmless," she said. "Anything that deals with your head,
with your behavior, with your children is important, and it is
important to get the best for you."