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, Josephine Brooks, shares her experience with ATI:
I am a Mental Health Case Manager for an outpatient therapy center. I also love crafting! My favorite crafts are knitting and macrame. I am not married, and I don’t have any children, but I do have a 1-year-old niece who I love to spend time with. I also have a cat named Minnie. I am passionate about helping people in need. I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) from the University of Oregon.
I am pursuing my CADC certification so that I can become a substance abuse counselor. My undergraduate degree is in an unrelated field, so I wanted to get more relevant training. I chose ATI for my educational needs because I liked the online format. Online classes are so convenient, and I wanted to select a program that also had live classes instead of a self-paced format to keep me on track. What I liked most about studying at ATI is that I had peers in my classes who I could ask questions to and have discussions with. Other programs can be very impersonal, and you never get to know the other students in your classes.
Once I become certified, I plan to obtain my CADC-I and become a substance abuse counselor. What I love most about my current job is working with people. I am in recovery myself and I aspire to help people find the serenity that I have found, and hopefully avoid making some of the mistakes that I made.
In the future, I would like to be able to lead therapeutic groups and provide one-on-one counseling. I currently have clients who I assist with things like making doctor’s appointments and filling out paperwork, but I am not qualified to counsel them through issues such as trauma or provide diagnosis-specific treatment. After I obtain my certification, I will receive a pay raise and I will be in line for an open counselor position.
As far as my future plans go, my first step is to become a substance abuse counselor. After that, I am considering going back to school to become a licensed clinical social worker (MSW). I think I’m on the right path to reach my goals.