Dr. William Salton, adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and clinical director of the Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic, announced that the Parnes Clinic has received the first-ever Clinic Innovations Award in the area of Social Justice from the Association of Doctoral Psychology Training Clinics (APTC). APTC’s membership spans about 250 training clinics across the United States as well as Australia, New Zealand and Guatemala. The award is given to a training clinic that is exemplary in the area of social justice.
The award will be presented at the upcoming APTC conference in Charleston, South Carolina, from March 21 to March 24, 2019, where Dr. Salton will accept a $500 grant and speak briefly about the Clinic’s achievements.
“The award was given to us,” said Dr. Salton, “because of our excellent work with the underserved populations of the Bronx, which include geriatric patients, patients with both psychiatric and chronic medical conditions such as asthma and obesity and political asylum seekers. The average cost of our services is between $5 and $10, and with support from local politicians of almost $2 million, we are able to serve our chronically under-resourced clientele, all of which exemplifies a true model of social justice that ensures that opportunities and resources are distributed fairly.
“Of course, I am thrilled with the award, and I think it is wonderful that the clinic is fulfilling its mission to be an excellent training facility and community resource at the same time.”