Addictions Training Institute – September 2023 Student of the Month

September 2023 Student of the Month

September 2023 Student of the Month 

Jason Pelaez

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.