Gifford’s previous working experience included working in Singapore’s tertiary psychiatric hospital, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). Based in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP), Gifford was a pioneer member of the award-winning, multi-disciplinary Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health (REACH) team, which specialised in providing psychological assessments and evidence-based interventions in schools and in students’ homes.
Embracing this multi-faceted approach, Gifford worked closely with IMH and other general hospitals, Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), Family Service Centres (FSCs), Special Schools, and Educational Psychologists and School Counsellors from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop and provide holistic treatments for each child.
Next, Gifford headed Thomson Paediatric Centre (The Child Development Centre) as their Principal Psychologist and supervised his team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Early Intervention Specialist Teachers to provide integrated treatments for clients. Gifford was trained and certified to conduct assessments to diagnose children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and other disorders. He also conducted school readiness assessments and provided reports which adhered to MOE guidelines and enabled schools to better support the special needs of every child.
Working in the Singapore Armed Forces Psychological Care Centre (SAF PCC) as a clinical psychologist, Gifford provided evidence-based psychological interventions for SAF regulars and Full Time Servicemen. Gifford was placed in charge of developing the psychological rehabilitation program for distressed servicemen in the PCC. Gifford presented a poster documenting the efficacy of the psychological rehabilitation program at the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange.
Trainings & Talks
Additionally, Gifford provides psychological assessments to organisations and statutory boards. He has also trained and provided supervision to psychology graduates who were receiving their advanced training in the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) program in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Gifford has also conducted several trainings and talks in schools and at public forums.