Southwest Cares is comprised of a group of extremely talented and dedicated independently-licensed behavioral health clinicians.  Read more about our clinicians below.

Mark OvRick, LISW, LSSW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Mr. OvRick is recognized as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed School Social Worker by the state of New Mexico.  He has specialized in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient psychiatric settings and outpatient community mental health settings since 1990. Presently Mr. OvRick specializes in geriatrics in nursing home settings. Furthermore, he currently is in private practice in Ruidoso, NM that specializes in treating trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as problems associated with aging. 


Mr. OvRick’s previous career was in the performing arts field where he was afforded much domestic and European travel. Mr. OvRick started his second career after receiving his Masters of Science in Social Work; his

current profession has taken him to different parts of Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. In New Mexico, Mr. Ovrick was the former Area Director of COPE, Inc. for Lincoln County, and the provider for the Lincoln Juvenile Trauma Treatment Program. 


His civic appointments have been varied. He is a founding member and past president of Centro Familiar Destino. He served as a board member for over ten years. He was a voting member of the Lincoln County Health Council. He was an alumnus of Leadership Lincoln. He was an associate Member for the Lincoln County Collaborative. He was an affiliate member of the Lincoln County’s Sexual Assault Response Team. He was both a founding and voting member of New Mexico’s Organized against Trafficking Humans. He was the founding member of the Lincoln County Council on Violence against Women, the parent organization of HEAL, and the Nest, Lincoln County’s Domestic Violence Shelter.


In Texas he was a past group facilitator for the Tarrant County Depressive and Manic Depression Association. Additionally, he was a Liaison Committee member of the Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department. In Colorado, he was a founding board member of the Eastern Head Start Program. He has presented and or organized workshops (in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico) on Community Response for Victims of Crime, Handling Sexual Abuse Cases, Responding to Domestic Violence Cases, Treatment of Court Mandated Substance Abusers, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Transitions for Special Education Students, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. More recently Mr. OvRick added certifications in Executive functions in Mental Health, Chronic inflammation, Cultural Meanings of Death and Dying, the Intersection of Pain and Culture, as well as Aging and Long-Term Care. The last paper Mr. OvRick presented was titled Clinical Scientific Thinking in the Mental Health Profession.

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