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, Jason Pelaez, shares his experience with ATI:



My name is Jason Pelaez. I am a Crisis Specialist. My hobbies include hiking, reading, and learning about new things. I have one pet, a Chihuahua and Dachshund Mix called Roman. I am passionate about creating safe spaces for individuals to share stories and experiences to create community and promote healing and connection.

I have a bachelor’s in psychology and criminal justice from Kean University in Union NJ. I chose to pursue a career in Drug and Alcohol Counseling because of the urgent need for competent practitioners to address a huge public health crisis. I chose ATI for my educational needs because it provided me the flexibility, support, and financial assistance necessary to obtain my certification.

I want to become a well-rounded clinician to address many disparities and discrimination within the mental health and counseling fields. I want to use my knowledge to improve the quality of life of individuals and promote the public health of the community.

Creating Safe Spaces for Connection and Healing: Meet Jason Pelaez