Terry L. Parks, Ed.D., LPC, CFVIP brings over 25 years of experience in behavioral counseling, mental health treatment, and social services training. Dr. Parks works with clients to facilitate change through teaching effective skill building techniques to help regulate deficits in emotion regulation through individual, family and group counseling. Recognizing the need for sustainable services targeted to assist in eradicating domestic violence and abusive behavior, Dr. Parks created A New Approach Behavioral Health to educate individuals on ways to implement positive change in their lives by learning how to end the cyclical patterns of violence, regulate emotions, and treating addiction.
Prior to founding A New Approach Behavioral Health, he managed a team of behavioral specialists who worked with severely emotionally disturbed children in midtown Atlanta. In previous roles, Dr. Parks implemented the delivery of case management and clinical services to individuals, families, and group participants. Dr. Parks has also worked extensively with the Department of Family and Child Services (DFCS), and has worked closely with the court system and local law enforcement agencies on various matters. He has also worked for several residential treatment agencies in Michigan and Georgia as well as with juvenile offenders and male/female inmates in the Georgia Department of Corrections prison system (GDOC).
Dr. Parks is a graduate of Andrews University and holds a joint M.S.A. degree in Behavioral Science and Business Administration. He also holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. His dissertation topic was “Understanding the Stay/Leave Phenomena in Intimate Partner Violence.” Dr. Parks is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is trained in Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviors (PMAB) as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He is a certified family violence intervention program owner and facilitator. He is currently working on completing his first book.
Dr. Parks is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. A New Approach Behavioral Health is regulated the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. He is also a member of the Fulton County Taskforce Against Domestic Violence and participates with the DeKalb and Gwinnett County chapters. He has a particular interest in not only making the public aware of violence against women and young girls but also assisting victims and their families in the aftermath. Dr. Parks is a sought after speaker for various civic groups, organizations, and churches.