Insight 5th Ed._Alice J. Olson

ALICE J. OLSON, LMHC, LCAC Addictions and Mental Health Therapist Parkdale Center for Professionals Valparaiso, IN Before embarking on her vocational journey, Ms. Olson pursued a formal education. After earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University Northwest in 1972, she attended Ball State University, and she received a Master of Arts in special education in 1978. She later continued her studies at Governors State University, where she achieved a Master of Arts in counseling and guidance in 2001. Eminently qualified in her field, Ms. Olson is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed clinical addiction counselor and nationally certified addiction counselor, specializing in behavioral support for addictions as well as counseling clients who are hard of hearing and deaf. Ms. Olson began her career as an adult education teacher at Portage Adult Education in 1975 before subsequently providing superior care as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the deaf with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation in Highland, Indiana, from 1975 to 1986. Following this period, she worked as an addiction and behavioral counselor with the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville between 1986 and 2006, as a group facilitator with St. Jude House from 2000 until 2011 and with the Regional Mental Health Center in Merrillville from 2006 to 2015. Since 2016, Ms. Olson has prospered as a substance abuse counselor with the Parkdale Center for Professionals in Chesterton. Adjacent to her primary endeavors, Ms. Olson has also served as the president of the Indiana Chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, as well as the Indiana Deafness and Rehabilitation Association. Furthermore, she was the chair of the City of Valparaiso Mayor's Advisory Council on Disabilities and an adviser with the Department of Mental Health Advisory Council on Mental Health Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People from 1988 to Watching my patients rediscover their feelings and begin to feel safe and trust themselves again is rewarding.