About Us

This Is Our Story

When We Began

On July 11, 1997, Second Chance Phoenix Ministry, Inc., a non-profit organization (‘dba’ Second Chance Charity) was founded by Mike Reuter and succeeded by Kathy Alcantar. Second Chance held a license from the Department of Health to operate as a drug treatment clinic. Later, Robert Torres would be elected as President and CEO of Second Chance. Second Chance Charity was relocated to Florida.

Heart Transformation® Was Birthed

Heart Transformation was birthed as a result of Robert’s radical change in philosophy and practice. His idea reflected a new approach that focused on a relationship-based model that treats the heart and mind as opposed to a performance-based model that treats the brain and behavior. Today, Heart Transformation certifies agencies and equips professionals and lay people alike to help couples, parents, singles, teens and children giving them the ability to not only know what to do but how to practically apply the life skills needed for genuinely happy relationships and living a successful life.

Behavior Modification Doesn’t Work

Heart Transformation Therapy was created as an effort to evaluate and perform surveys for almost three decades of presenting problems and outcomes of Second Chance’s behavior modification treatment interventions for the mentally ill and substance abusers. The subjects were placed into two categories; passive and aggressive. The two groups were part of a larger group segment; those that were discontented with treatment and/or resulted in relapse. During inpatient or outpatient treatment, the aggressive group exhibited defiance and non-cooperation while the passive group complied and cooperated. Both groups experienced unsuccessful outcomes post treatment.

CARES Treatment Was Birthed

CARES Treatment, an inpatient recovery facility, was founded in 2012 by Robert Torres and the first to use Heart Transformation Therapy. CARES Treatment received the prestigious accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a worldwide accreditor of health and human services in areas such as behavioral health, medical rehabilitation, child and youth services. It is also listed with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). CARES Treatment has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and is verified by Psychology Today.

And Now Smiling Guns…

Smiling Guns is Robert’s latest campaign. It is scheduled to be launched in 2018 in response to the unprecedented wave in high school shootings across America. A full set of tools and resources such as on-demand and live interactive videos for daily inspiration and weekly empowerment are easily accessible online for people all over the world. Smiling Guns is a campaign that is organizing a collaboration of clinicians, clergy, life coaches, caregivers, human resource workers, group leaders, mentors and other caring individuals. Public speakers and presenters will conduct seminars around the world and stream the events online.

Where We Are Headed

Clinical data is being gathered to measure outcomes from treatment plans that use Heart Transformation Therapy. The data will be audited by psychiatrists, psychologists, universities, health insurance auditors, state surveyors and accreditation surveyors. Our strategic plan is to submit official performance and metrics to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for inclusion into he National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). With the phenomenal results we have witnessed in the last few years, we have all the reason in the world to believe that Heart Transformation Therapy will become known, in the professional arena, as the leading and most successful treatment for mental health and substance abuse in the world, second to none.