Our purpose is to address two issues. One is the social disparities related to the access and utilization of mental health services in marginalized communities and the other issue relates to difficulties counselor trainees face in finding training and professional development opportunities. Some of the main factors attributed to social disparities in mental health care for marginalized groups are lack of information and resources available, lack of health insurance, inability to pay for services, and transportation issues.
Therefore, NVWC has developed a Community Counseling & Training Clinic to address the mental health needs of underserved communities and the training and professional development needs of Counselor Trainees.
Dr. Stacey Olden developed the Pathways to Professional Licensure Program (PPLP) to help address the social disparities that exist in mental health care and the training challenges CT experience. The PPLP is a component of an advocacy focused social justice intervention that offers free and low cost mental health services provided to marginalized communities by CT who have been specifically trained in mental health counseling, trauma informed care, and social justice advocacy. The PPLP is implemented through our Community Counseling & Training Clinic.
The PPLP offers a professional development scholarship which provides benefits to help CT grow and develop as professional counselors. Some of those benefits include assistance applying for professional licensure, seminars to help prepare for the licensing exam, funding assistance to cover licensure fees, specified training on social justice advocacy, trauma informed counseling, and tele mental health service delivery, workshops to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for license renewal, and assistance establishing a private practice.
Dr. Olden is conducting a multi case research study to evaluate the impact of the social justice intervention.
Stacey Olden is the founder and CEO of New Visions Wellness Center, Inc. Dr. Olden has been a strong social justice advocate and mental health professional for 20 years as a licensed counselor, clinical supervisor, and university professor.
She holds active licenses as a professional counselor (LPC) and supervisor (LPCS) in South Carolina and a clinical mental health counselor supervisor (LCMHCS) in North Carolina. Dr. Olden is also a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) in South Carolina and a national certified counselor (NCC). She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Leadership.
Dr. Olden is passionate about providing culturally responsive services from a social justice perspective. She is person-centered and takes a holistic approach to treatment. She is dedicated to helping individuals reach their overall mental and emotional wellness. She is committed to helping others navigate through difficulties and challenges in life, and she helps individuals develop a plan of action to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.
Dr. Olden enjoys educating and supervising counselor trainees. Her passion for mentoring gives her immense satisfaction. Through the community counseling and training clinic, she provides training opportunities to help counselor trainees increase social justice competencies and become licensed counselors.