Category: Team Westview

Team Westview contains blog articles about members of Westview’s gifted staff.

NMCP Program

Terry Owens completes nonprofit management program

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced that 28 students have been awarded certificates for Nonprofit Management through the Nonprofit Management Certification Program. Among the graduates was Terry Owens, Campus Manager at Westview Boys’ Home. As a participant in this six-month professional development program, Terry accumulated 36 hours of Continuing Professional Education in the following content areas: Leadership Essentials, Managing Support for the Organization, Managing Budgets and Leading Meetings, Human Resources, Conflict Management and Diversity, and Coaching as Supervision.

Marnie Taylor, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, says about the program, “Managing a nonprofit is a very challenging job and the Center is so pleased to be able to offer this comprehensive program that touches on the essential skills that are required. A nonprofit leader is often expected to be ‘a jack of all trades,’ which is very challenging, and this program equips leaders to meet that expectation. Nonprofits are businesses and nonprofit professionals need to have good, sound business management skills in order to move their organizations forward. Our Nonprofit Management Certification Program allows even experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to learn and practice those skills.”

Dr. Ron Bruner, Executive Director of Westview, noted that “Terry Owens is a vital part of Westview’s dynamic leadership team. His willingness to continue to learn and grow contributes to our team’s success. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits continues to provide affordable training opportunities of the highest quality for nonprofits and nonprofit executives that seek to successfully engage their mission.”

The Nonprofit Management Certification program is a six-month, cohort model professional development program, organized around building practical knowledge for managing the everyday life of a nonprofit. Content in six core areas is designed to advance participants’ careers and build effectiveness in their current positions.

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is a nonprofit organization equipping and strengthening the Oklahoma nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and recognition. The Center’s Mission is “building better communities through effective nonprofits.”

Department of Education, Oklahoma City, OK

Westview invited to advisory team

We best serve young people who experience neglect, delinquency, or at-risk factors in their lives when agencies, ministries, and government coordinate their work. Westview recently joined an advisory team to help with that daunting task.

Dr. Gloria Bayouth, executive director of Oklahoma’s Office of Federal Programs, recently assembled a team of professionals interested in helping youth experiencing challenges in their lives. This group first convened at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on April 26, 2017. Called the NDAAT (Neglected, Delinquent, and At-risk Advisory Team), this group will work together to make certain that resources available from the federal government are usefully made available to empower the success of youth experiencing neglect, delinquency, and at-risk conditions.

Terry Owens, the campus manager at Westview Boys’ Home, joins this team as an invited member. He will serve with educators, and representatives from state agencies (Department of Education, Department of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Oklahoma Family Counseling Services) to move forward with this task.

Outside organizations and institutions continue to recognize Westview as an agency providing quality care and a voice for at-risk youth in Oklahoma and Texas.

The connected child

Westview continues to lead with TBRI

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® has achieved world-wide recognition as a leading evidence-based method of working with children. Westview began working with TBRI early in its history; today we keep growing with the program.

In 2006, Dr. Ron Bruner, Westview’s Executive Director, first met Dr. Karyn Purvis from Texas Christian University (TCU) and listened to her presentations on “Brain Research with At-Risk Youth.” He shared this information with Westview staff, aware that Dr. Purvis planned to publish her work soon.

In 2007, Dr. Purvis and her peers at  published “The Connected Child” with McGraw-Hill.  This book clearly laid out strategies to help parents cope with challenging parenting issues. Bruner bought a copy of the book for every Westview caregiver.

Essentially TBRI empowers:

  • better and trustful bonding between child and parent (and other adults)
  • improved management of learning and behavioral issues
  • loving discipline that avoids the child perceiving the adult to be threatening or unsafe.

During the summer of 2011, TCU offered training for trainers of TBRI. Westview sent two team members: Terry Owens and Shiann Metheny. When they returned, they immediately began training Westview team members in this method. It has powerfully affected our work. Since TBRI is often counter-intuitive to how many understand parenting, it is a gradual shift of culture and practice that requires a great deal of intentionality. Every Westview caregiver since has received ongoing TBRI training as a part of their work.

In the spring of 2016, Dr. Purvis passed away but her peers and students have continued her work. TBRI has become an increasingly helpful tool for counselors, teachers, parents, foster parents and caregivers.

Josh Birney and Chase Thompson underwent the rigorous training necessary to become TBRI Practitioners in April of 2017. Their practice of TBRI will connect with caregivers and the young men at Westview, and with the parents and families of the young men in our care.

Westview Boys’ Home continues to seek ongoing improvement in our work with young men. We are human and we make mistakes. We are committed, however, to learning from our mistakes and becoming better at our ministry for the sake of the young men in our care and for the glory of the God we serve.

Young men in the rafters

Raising the roof

If “raising the roof” means “showing great enthusiasm”, then we’re raising the roof on our north campus. We have a number of projects underway that will make life better at Westview, and we’re excited about that!

We’ve set aside several acres on our north campus for our young men (and their guests) for camping and recreation. Now we’re adding several new features to this space: a pavilion (for cook-outs and shelter), a ropes course, a disc golf course, and restroom facilities.

Terry teaching Kanyon how to use a power drill
Terry teaching Kanyon how to use a power drill

We’re starting with the pavilion and restrooms because they give us the working space to work on the other projects. Our young men have been active in these projects in preparing the land, unloading materials, and raising the roofs of these new facilities. This means that these project have been doubly helpful to our purposes; not only will they provide enjoyment for our young men in the years to come, the very process of building them provides learning and work experiences for them.

We have a grant that provides the funds for these projects, and our campus manager, Terry Owens, is leading the Westview team (and young men!) through the construction process. He and the caregivers are also giving hands-on instruction in construction work to our young men as the work moves along. The concrete work took two days and, because our young men worked hard, we were able to put up all of the beams in one day. The roof installation will come soon.

As we make progress through the other projects, we’ll post photos to show our progress. Thank you for your interest in our life here at Westview Boys’ Home.

photos of the construction of the pavilion

The book Owning Faith

Reimagining the faith journey of teenagers

The mission of Westview Boys’ Home includes ministering “to the physical and spiritual needs of underprivileged, delinquent, and neglected children,” but it also calls on Westview team members to “continually increase public awareness of the needs of children . . . .”

As a consequence, Westview’s executive director, Dr. Ron Bruner, has worked with Dr.Dudley Chancey, professor of youth ministry at Oklahoma Christian University, to create a book that addresses the need that teenagers have for stable, spiritual relationships with their parents and other adults. That book is titled, Owning Faith: Reimagining the Role of Church and Family in the Faith Journey of Teenagers. “The book is a primer for parents and caring adults who want to help young people in the spiritual aspect of their lives, but really don’t know how to go about doing it,” said Bruner.

Today’s adolescents face an uphill climb as they seek to own their faith. And while it’s easy to think that what they really need is an expert, Owning Faith lets you in on God’s big secret: what they need more than anything else is godly adults to walk alongside them.

In selecting the fifteen contributors to the book, Bruner and Chancey chose people experienced in youth ministry and ministry to at-risk youth to apply their experience and wisdom to difficult subject matters common to adolescent faith.

Owning Faith is now one of the required resource books for Westview team members, but it isn’t only for experts. “The book is a wonderful resource for the church and parents because it’s written in a manner accessible to anyone sitting in a pew,” Bruner said. “You don’t have to be a theologian or have a Ph.D. in counseling to understand it.”

Owning Faith was released January 10, 2017 and was featured at the 2017 National Youth Minister’s Conference. It can now be purchased online.

About the editors:

Dudley Chancey has served as professor of youth ministry at Oklahoma Christian University since 1998. He is involved in several professional organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and the National Conference on Youth Ministries. Dudley is dedicated to Honduras family mission trips and the Latin American Studies abroad program at OCU. Dudley is married to Vicki and has two adult children.

Ron Bruner has served as the executive director of Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma, since 1999. He is a board member of Network 1:27, an association of Christian child and family service organizations, and has served on the boards of a number of organizations serving young people. Ron co-edited Along the Way: Conversations about Children and Faith with Dana Kennamer Pemberton. He and his wife, Ann, enjoy life with their three adult children and four grandchildren.

Chip and Sue Moore

Chip and Sue Moore celebrate 20 years of service

In 1995 Chip and Sue Moore came to Hollis, Oklahoma to become part of the work at Westview. Sue grew up in Nebraska and Chip in Maine, but both found a way to make Westview home. Chip assumed the role of the director of social services and Sue took over the bookkeeper’s responsibility at Westview. Sue soon acquired a reputation for integrity and attention to detail.

She has maintained careful records and caring relationships with our young men. Chip has worked with our boys and care givers at the Home for many years. He has sought to give our young men a second chance (and often more than two!). Chip has trained dozens of care givers in the Westview way of caring for young men; he also worked to improve that program to provide continual quality improvement for our work.

At the same time, Chip and Sue have represented Westview well in the community. Sue helped the Hollis Band program for many years. Chip has served as a deacon and an elder in local churches, announced the local and county livestock shows, and broadcast Hollis sporting events. They’ve done all of this while raising their own daughter and son.

A little over a year ago, Chip changed his role to become director of development for Westview. He has already brought in substantial grants to the Home that have substantially changed our campus.

The Westview team is thankful that Sue and Chip have served the young men at Westview so long and so well.