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New Visions Wellness 


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Who We Are

New Visions Wellness Center, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) human service organization established on social justice principles.

Values, Beliefs, Purpose

Data reveals that social inequities and disparities in mental health care is an issue that significantly impacts the lives and functioning of underserved communities. Social disparities are developed out of systematic policies and practices that are unfair and inequitable, and it causes unequal distribution of social, economic, and political resources. These inequities create barriers and challenges for marginalized groups to access and utilize services that can promote good health. Mental health counselors serving in the role of social justice advocates is a potential solution for mediating social disparities in mental health care. 

We recognized two problems that have been established in the literature. One is the social disparities related to the access and utilization of mental health services in marginalized communities and the other issue is the difficulties counseling interns face in finding training opportunities and exposure to social justice advocacy work. Some of the main factors attributed to social disparities in mental health care for marginalized groups are the lack of information and resources available, the lack of health insurance and the inability to pay for services; and transportation issues which makes service providers inaccessible. 

Therefore, NVWC has partnered with Webster University Myrtle Beach to develop and operate a Community Counseling & Training Center (CCTC) to address the mental health needs of underserved communities and the training and professional development needs of Counselors-In-Training (CIT).

Pathways to Professional Licensure Program (PPLP) 

Dr. Stacey Olden developed a Pathways to Professional Licensure Program (PPLP) to help address the social disparities that exist in mental health care and the training challenges experienced by CIT. The PPLP offers free individual mental health services and trauma focused healing groups that are provided to marginalized communities and provided by CIT who have been specifically trained in mental health counseling, trauma informed care, and social justice advocacy. Professional development scholarships are provided to CIT to help them obtain professional licensure as a counselor. The PPLP is being implemented through the CCTC.

The goal of the training aspect of the center is to help CIT grow and develop in their professional career as counselors. The CCTC will not only provide training opportunities for students while they are enrolled in the program, but it will also provide a professional development scholarship and benefits for students even after they graduate from the program. Some of those benefits include assisting trainees with applying for professional licensure, seminars to help trainees prepare for the licensing exam, funding assistance to cover licensure fees, assistance getting credentialed with insurance panels, specified training on social justice advocacy, trauma informed counseling, and Tele Mental Health (TMH) service delivery, workshops to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for license renewal, and assistance establishing a private practice and tele mental health services. 

Dr. Olden is also conducting a multi case research study to evaluate the impact of the PPLP. 

About Our Founder and CEO

Stacey Olden is the founder and CEO of New Visions Wellness Center, Inc. She is currently full time faculty at Webster University, and runs the clinical mental health counseling program at the Myrtle Beach campus. Dr. Olden has been a helping professional for 30 years. She started her career as a caseworker with marginalized populations in state and private agencies in New York City and Columbia, SC. After that, she obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and got licensed as a professional counselor, and for the next 10 years she provided mental health therapy in solo and group private practices for people dealing with a variety of mental health issues. For the past 12 years, Dr. Olden has been supervising Counselors-In-Training (CIT) as a clinical supervisor and teaching counseling students as a university instructor.

She holds active licenses as a professional counselor (LPC) and supervisor (LPCS) in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Dr. Olden also possesses a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) license in South Carolina. She has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

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. With this in mind, she works with individuals in developing a plan of action to overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals.

Dr. Olden enjoys teaching and supervising counselors in training (CIT). Her sincere passion for mentoring gives her immense satisfaction. She provides training and clinical supervision for CITs and test preparation workshops for people who will be taking the National Counselor Examination.

Through the community counseling and training center, she provides multicultural and social justice education seminars and opportunities for CITs to obtain the necessary client contact hours and clinical supervision hours. While simultaneously helping clinicians gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience working with individuals and families from underserved populations.