We are passionate about our mission to provide the support, training and resources to help you and your clients succeed. We love hearing and sharing the “whys” of those who are chasing their dreams of helping make the world a better place. Our students choose to pursue an education in the behavioral healthcare field for various reasons, and we’re proud to be a part of their journeys toward making a difference. Each month we feature a student who is on the path to truly making an impact on the lives of others.

Our Student of the Month, Jam Macabugao, shares her experience with ATI:

I am a Substance Abuse Counselor for Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services. I am also an enthusiast of many things. I am a national-level swimmer. I was able to compete with the US Masters Swim Team, along with many other qualifying national to Olympic swimmers, at the Open World Masters just this past year in Fukuoka, Japan (no I am not an Olympian, but I can go Pro if I want). I have a love for swimming, and it is my therapy. Additionally, I love to play the piano, weightlift, surf, play video games, travel, build keyboards, go to the beach, spend time with my pets, and eat.

I am not married, and I do not have any children. I am a single pringle, but I can’t wait to be a hot mom someday. I have 3 dogs and 6 cats. They are well-loved and live inside my house. My family rescues pets and I could not imagine my life without them in my life. I might have no kids, but I have 9 pets with different personalities.

I am passionate about the recovery community. As a California native, I see it all here. I have a tender heart for this particular community. I’m not in recovery, but the fact that I am among addicts constantly; it’s worse than a disease, it’s a crisis.

I have a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. I wanted to pursue education to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor to try something new that impacted clinical psychology. I chose ATI because I was looking around for a program that would offer the education I needed that was remote. I’m constantly busy and this is a lot easier for me to do with my hectic schedule. What I like most about ATI is that the discussion groups are great, and the faculty are ALL such great people. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to talk to other people because I am actually a shy person. When I become certified, I’d like to move up in SUD Treatment. What I like most about my job is being a part of someone’s recovery journey and being able to see the progress my clients make. It’s nice knowing that I am a part of someone’s story. As far as my future goals go, I think I want to stay within the addiction field. Something in regards to substance abuse treatment. I am not exactly where I want to be in terms of my career just yet, but I believe I am heading in the right direction.

A passion for the recovery community: Meet Jam Macabugao