Dr. Davine S. Ricks, LCSW, MAC, E-CADC
Dr. Davine S. Ricks, LCSW, MAC, E-CADC is a dedicated and enthusiastic leader with over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing behavioral healthcare systems in multi-million-dollar complex public and private sectors, and faith-based organizations. Dr. Rick’s areas of expertise include providing treatment services to women, men, and children in the areas of mental health, substance use, and criminal justice. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and Certified Alcohol and Drug E-Counselor (E-CADC). She has provided direct services and leadership in Outpatient Mental Health Centers, Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Veteran’s courts, Re-Entry Services, Community Integration programs, and Faith-Based organizations. Dr. Ricks is also accomplished as a federal and state grant writer and reviewer, program evaluator, teacher, and provider of clinical supervision.
Dr. Ricks graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Union University, attended the University of Richmond Law School, and later received her Masters's in Social Work (MSW) degree and Doctorate Degree in Social Work Policy and Administration from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Ricks enjoys engaging, educating, and empowering individuals and organizations in her business, Sense of Equity, LLC: Program Development, Training, and Accreditation Services, LLC. Sense of Equity, LLC, fills a void in the business community by providing a consistent presentation of exceptional capabilities. Services provided include Grant Writing; Program Development; Evidence-based leadership training (behavioral health and organizational development workshops), Life Coach Services, Counseling, Motivational Speaking, and Accreditation services. Sense of Equity, LLC offers a unique skill set and credentials that create a perfect fit for providing these services for individuals and businesses. Having conceptualized and built programs that were successfully funded by the State of Georgia, Sense of Equity, LLC has established itself as an exemplary organization. Expertise is offered not only in writing and successfully being awarded grants, but also in successfully developing and implementing programs and ensuring sustainability and national CARF accreditation.
Dr. Ricks’ background includes over 20 years of experience as a CARF Administrative and Program Surveyor and Consultant effectively interfacing with local, state, and national organizations in helping them to successfully achieve national accreditation. Through Sense of Equity, LLC, Dr. Ricks embraces opportunities to share her knowledge and experiences through consultation and training at national conferences, state and local organizations, for community leaders, governing boards, civic and professional organizations. She is a Certified John Maxwell Teacher, Mentor, Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.
Dr. Ricks has more than 15 years of experience in presenting for various organizations including the Council of Accountability Court Judges, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACB-GA) National Association of Social Workers, Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work, Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Morehouse School of Medicine Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), Berean Christian Church Leadership Team, View Point Health Leadership Academy, Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency, Ridgeview Institute and the Dekalb County Board of Education. In addition, she has served as a support Chaplain for the Atlanta Dream WNBA Team.