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Therapeutic Approach

ATC utilizes a highly individualized and client-centered approach to treatment.

Upon enrollment, each client is assessed to formulate a treatment plan unique to his or her challenges, needs and goals. Our multi-disciplinary team comprised of highly trained professionals aims to honor each young adult as a distinctive individual. There are no two pathways to success that will be exactly the same and therefore we, as a team with the client, navigate towards individuated success.

Orientation Assessments

Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long-term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives.

CLS is designed to be used in a collaborative conversation between a therapist, mentor, and young adult in assessing life skills necessary for independent living.

The Clifton Strengths Finder is the culmination of more than 50 years of Dr. Donald O. Clifton’s lifelong work: leading millions of people around the world to discover their strengths.

This assessment tool identifies an individual’s top 5 strengths, among 34 themes, and includes detailed strategies on how to apply our natural talents and strengths versus devoting more time to fixing our shortcomings.

The 5 Love Languages is an assessment used to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships. The 5 love languages include: 1) Words of Affirmation: Expressing affection through spoken affection, praise, or appreciation; 2) Acts of Service: Actions, rather than words, are used to show and receive love; 3) Receiving Gifts: Gifting is symbolic of love and affection; 4) Quality Time: Expressing affection with undivided, undistracted attention; and 5) Physical Touch: It can be sex or holding hands. With this love language, the speaker feels affection through physical touch.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type.

The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory, published in the bestselling books, Please Understand Me by Dr. David Keirsey.

Hartman Personality Profile also known as The Color Code, created by Dr. Taylor Hartman, divides personalities into four colors: Red (motivated by power), Blue (motivated by intimacy), White (motivated by peace), and Yellow (motivated by fun).

Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Career Report with Strong Profile and Strong College Profile is a powerful tool that can help make satisfying decisions about career and education. Understanding the Strong Profile can help identify a career focus and begin the career planning and exploration process.

The Strong assessment matches one’s interests with six types of work environments. The MBTI assessment describes one’s personality type and matches it with the types of work. Combining the Strong and MBTI assessments helps an individual assess what they might like to do, where they might like to work and how they might like to work and learn.

Our clinical team is comprised of all Master’s level or higher licensed therapists.

Clinicians meet weekly as a team to review and have client’s cases supervised by the Clinical Director at ATC. Therapists carry small manageable caseloads so that each client is afforded the individual attention necessary to affect positive change. ATC utilizes a number of different therapeutic modalities in order to address our clients’ unique needs.

ATC utilizes a relational approach with clients, meeting them where “they’re at” with the therapy agenda being led by the client. In the advent that clients are resistant to formal therapy, therapists use creative approaches to work with clients in informal ways that can build a relationship of trust in hopes that clients engage more in the therapeutic process. ATC offers a number of unique group therapy opportunities depending on the individual client’s needs:

Our program includes:

  • Aftercare Support
  • Process Groups
  • Experiential Groups
  • Mindfulness
  • Coping & Self Care
  • Life Skills Training
  • Vocational Services
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women’s Issues
  • Men’s Issues
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma
  • Recreation & Adventure
  • ServiceTutoring

Life Skills Training

Develop the basic skills necessary for independence.

Often times young adults require assessment and coaching in order to develop and hone the necessary life skills necessary for long-term independence and success. At The Crossroads uses the Casey Life Skills model as a guide to develop individualized life skills training programs for our clients. Working through the life skills component of our program in turn helps the young adults to gain confidence and traction in working towards their life goals. Once a young adult develops a healthy set of life skills, independence is that much more attainable.

Based off of information from the Casey Life Skills assessment and clinical observation, young adults are evaluated on their proficiency with the following life skills listed below. Therapists work with colleagues to establish specific life skills with goals and objectives that become part of each student’s master treatment plan and are a focus of work between student’s and colleagues throughout the week.

Areas of Casey Life Skills focus:

  • Financial Management
  • Healthy Communication
  • Goal Setting
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Food Management
  • Home Management
  • Automotive Maintenance
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Meal Planning
  • Resume Building
  • Housing
  • Money Management
  • Recreation-Fitness
  • Relationships
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Self Care
  • Time Management
  • Self Care-Health
  • Self Care-Hygiene
  • Time Management
  • Transportation

Education & Vocation

Prepare for sustained success.

While at ATC the clients will continue on their personal journey by exploring and pursuing their unique educational and vocational needs and goals. Clients work with their staff colleagues who assist with scheduling, accountability, attendance, resume building, skills training and private tutoring (as needed).

While enrolled at ATC clients are able to complete their high school diploma, GED, or attend college or vocational school. Clients that need to complete his or her high school education have several options in the St. George area. Most commonly, clients attend Southwest Adult High School, located just a few blocks from the ATC clubhouse. Other options include distance learning or traditional high school. There are also a number of continuing education options including Dixie State University for a traditional college experience as well as a number of vocational schooling options.

For clients that have completed their educational goals or may not be interested in college or vocational training, colleagues work with a network of professionals in the community on job placement and/or internships. One of the benefits of St. George is that it offers the resources of a metropolitan city while also being small enough to allow for an intimate community business network for our clients depending on their career interests.

Educational Opportunities

Recreation & Outdoor Adventure

We at ATC believe that an integrated approach to treatment provides the best chances for success.

That is why we have developed a clinically sophisticated therapeutic program with the integration of both recreation and adventure components. After all, St. George does provide us with the ideal setting for this incorporation.  ATC offers recreational and adventure based activities multiple times per week. It is through these opportunities that our students gain confidence, find passion and expand their horizons.

The activities we offer include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Canyoneering
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Intramural Sports
  • Rock Climbing
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Co-ed weekly ATC Community activity
  • Cliff Diving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snow Sports
  • Bowling
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Pottery
  • St.George City Co-ed softball league
  • Summit and St. George Rec Center

Service

We believe that giving back to the community in which you live creates a balanced and grateful lifestyle.

It allows each of our clients to experience more gratitude for what they have and become less vested in the unhealthy habits that cause stress and anxiety for many of them. We have found that the clients feel needed and accepted as they serve others.

Although St. George is a small community, ATC has found several ways to serve those around us.  We have the opportunity to connect on a regular basis with SWITCHPOINT the local homeless shelter, DOVE center for domestic violence/sexual assault victims, St. George Animal Shelter, Children’s Museum and Habitat for Humanity.

From serving dinner to the homeless, cleaning the women’s shelter, helping rescue an abused animal or sorting material to be used on a new home for someone in need, clients are allowed to find what suits their personality and what gives them the most satisfaction.

Graduate Program

Continued independence after treatment.

What happens after ATC? It is not uncommon for young adults to encounter unforeseen stressors that can be difficult to cope with when living completely independently. For clients who choose to stay in the St. George area ATC offers a specialized Graduate Program track. This allows the young adult to live independently from ATC while still taking advantage of the support they may still need.

Prior to approval for participation in ATC’s Graduate Program the client must demonstrate they are able to manage the responsibilities of independent living for three months while still in ATC housing.

  • Phone Bill
  • Groceries
  • Rent
  • Car & Car Insurance (if applicable)
  • Budget for Spending
  • Savings Account

Housing:

  • Independent housing
  • Responsible for rent
  • Responsible for expenses and bills

Therapy & Case Management:

  • Staff colleague case management (1-2 times per week)
  • Individual therapy (available weekly)
  • Group therapy (optional)

ATC Involvement:

  • Adventure and recreation group activities
  • Drug testing (when appropriate)
  • Transportation (available when necessary)