Advance Therapeutic Concepts (ATC) was founded by Carey Savage in July of 2004 and became incorporated in September of 2004. Mr. Savage is Licensed Clinician Social Worker with over 15 years of mental health experience. He started ATC after identifying a need for more community-based mental health services for at-risk youth in Atlanta and surrounding communities.

On February 2, 2011, Schantate Johnson, LMSW and Renee’ Clark, MSW joined Advance Therapeutic Concepts as shareholders to form a three-tier corporate leadership structure. Both Ms. Johnson and Ms. Clark have over 15 years of social work experience that started in Mississippi and has continued in Georgia over the last 7 years.

Advance Therapeutic Concepts started as an organization focused primarily on assisting children and families in Georgia’s Foster Care System by providing transportation, parenting training, assessments, and supervised visits. Today ATC is an organization committed to quality mental health services and treatment for all age groups with over 5 therapeutic program areas to choose from.

Advance Therapeutic Concepts is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International to provide Intensive Community-Based Mental Health Services.

Philosophical Approach to Treatment:

ATC provides families with the tools and resources that emphasize strength-based advocacy to decrease the level and intensity of adverse life circumstances and improve family functioning. Based on concepts of consumer and family empowerment, skill building and customized resiliency planning, our philosophy embraces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a widely recognized evidence based approach, supplemented by different tools. ATC uses multidisciplinary clinical expertise and community linkages. ATC uses outcomes or results based data collection through the subscale functioning indicators of the CAFAS, consumer surveys and treatment planning. ATC will implement the Social Solutions and Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software for case management and performance management in the winter of 2012.

ATC’s preferred treatment approach is CBT. Our staff is trained in assessing and teaching consumers to think in more adaptive ways that encourage improve daily functioning. CBT is an evidence based treatment model that has proven to be effective and applicable across various ages, cultures, sexes, as well as treatment modalities. Our staff uses CBT for behavioral modification interventions, especially, for youth with problematic behaviors, individual, and family therapy. Consistent with CBT is using various behavioral contracts with rewards and consequences that will be utilized to encourage desired behaviors and discourage undesirable behaviors. We use CBT to assist consumers in relieving depressive and anxiety symptoms and behaviors in both children and adolescents through changing their faulty perceptions and distortions. Overall CBT affords our staff the opportunity to empower through thinking, which leads to acting in productive and adaptive ways.

In addition to receiving training in CBT, certified trainers or clinicians with a minimal master’s level credential will provide training in several evidence based practices and approaches including but not limited to: Family and Youth Centered Approaches, The Strengthening Families Program, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Ego Systemic Family Therapy, and Other topics to be determined.