Jose Contreras
Jose Contreras - CDPT
Education: Chemical Dependency Certification
Area of Specialty: Co-occurring disorders, domestic violence advocacy, and social justice
Languages: English, Spanish

José Contreras began counseling chemical dependency clients at Sea Mar in 2006. While working he continued his education, earning a chemical dependency certificate from Bellevue College, and 126 credits towards an associate of arts degree in social science.

In 2008, José began working in Puyallup in the bilingual chemical dependency program. He also has gained experience in our residential, intensive inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs. He is committed to providing opportunities for recovery and empowering individuals to transform their lives.

Prior to joining Sea Mar, José worked with youth at Lakeside Milam Recovery Center in Seattle. He also gained experience at the Seattle Mental Health Agency, working in a foster-care home system and with juveniles/sex offenders.

José has worked with chronically, dually-diagnosed adults in a highly structured settings, and as a chaplain for the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese. He also coordinated pastoral care for the Latino inmates at the Washington State Department of Corrections in Monroe.

José was nominated by the King County Coalition against Domestic Violence with a Take Action Award in 2003, and in 2004 by the Washington Community Mental Health Counsel, with a Hero Award for extraordinary contributions to consumers.

José completed a chemical dependency certification at Bellevue College and domestic violence advocacy training through DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women's Network.). He plans to pursue a Bachelor's degree in psychology at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington.

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