Robert Ciottone, Ph.D.
During more than forty years of practice in clinical psychology, I have had the privilege of accompanying many youngsters on their journey toward personal growth and development. As an affiliate professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Clark University and as an Associate in the Departments of both Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, I have tried to share the benefits of that experience with the next generation of clinicians.
The fifteen years during which I have participated in the program of services provided by Valley View School have been among the most clinically rewarding for me. The young men of Valley View’s student body have typically presented both daunting challenges and extraordinary potential. Over and again, I have seen families demonstrate selfless commitment and a readiness to sacrifice so that their sons might draw closer toward realizing that potential. Moreover, I have consistently been extremely impressed with the way the dedicated staff at Valley View provide a context within which growth and development might occur. Most striking is their sincere dedication to the overarching proposition that every student can be helped to move beyond the challenges of adolescence and toward a productive and satisfying experience as a young adult.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to participate in the Valley View program. Further, it has been a humbling honor to have had many students share with me their concerns, their questions, their aspirations, their efforts, their disappointments and their personal successes.