History of GRIP
Group Residential Individualized Program (GRIP) was established in October 2001, with the notion to help young adolescents understand what quality of life can look like through lead management. This idea stems from Dr. Deming’s and then further developed by my friend Dr. William Glasser.
GRIP is a not-for-profit organization that promotes Christian values. GRIP is privately owned. It is not operated by any government agency or any certain religious sect.
Since 2001, GRIP boy’s home has helped children learn life and independent living skills. Older children are taught how to budget, shop for groceries, cook meals, and, in some cases, hold down a job. Programs focus on healthy living and problem-solving.
We also teach our youths to live in a healthy family environment. They learn to overcome a chaotic background and behave appropriately. In the end, their performance at school is improved, they become more mature, and they have the skills necessary to succeed in life.
GRIP is guided by a Board of Directors, each of whom is dedicated to the agency vision to promote the independence and inclusion of each of our children in the GRIP community. We emphasize ability, not disability, and promote the belief that everyone can learn, everyone can make positive choices in his life, and everyone can contribute to the environment in which he lives.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of our youths are successfully discharged to their families, foster homes, adopted placement, or a less restrictive environment.
Choice Theory is an internal control psychology which contends that individuals are in complete control of their behavior and that behavior is never determined by events or people outside oneself. Many people who struggle are living in what Dr. William Glasser calls external control psychology. This lack of control modality is the basis for much human misery. However, once the person learns that they can take control of their own lives, they become empowered with less stress, more trust, more self-confidence, and freedom to be who they want to be. All behaviors are purposeful. They are meant to fulfill basic human needs, such as the need for love, power, freedom, fun, and survival. Many of those who choose to follow external control will choose to fulfill those needs in harmful ways. However, those who practice internal control are more likely to choose to fulfill those needs in socially and personally appropriate ways. The path to internal control is by self-evaluation. This is essential to taking responsibility for our actions. This is the foundation from which GRIP operates
David Doner is the founder and program director of GRIP Boys Home. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education-Psychology, Health and Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. David is determined to help create effective means for young people to succeed in ways that build internal strength. His education and experience combine to bring fresh ideas and new perspective.
David is certified in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory and designed curriculum that was put in place in youth corrections and other facilities. Implementation of his program resulted in higher test scores and helped young people better their skills in communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
David has combined more than 25 years of experience working with kids and adults in many capacities, including but not limited to the following:
- School teacher
- Drug & alcohol counselor
- Guidance counselor
- Youth correctional counselor
- Mental health worker
- Gang task force member
- Foster parent
- School board member
- Eagle scout
David has spent time preparing curriculum, consulting and doing training for other facilities.
For GRIP, David wants to maintain an environment that builds trust, shows integrity, teaches with enthusiasm and creativity, models responsible risk-taking, and exhibits respect to individuals, regardless of their choices.
He and his wife were married in 1996 and they have an infant daughter.
Rich Jenkins, M.S., LPC, NBCC, CHT
- Is a Licensed Professional Counselor; a National Certified Counselor and is certified by the American Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
- A member of the American Association of Mental Health Counselors; past president of the Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association and Southwest Missouri Professional Counselors Association.
- Has served on the Board of Directors of Barry-Lawrence Advocates Standing Together (B.L.A.S.T), where he co-chairs the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Subcommittee. Additionally, he has served on the Health Education Subcommittee of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Coalition, and the United Way of the Ozarks Speaker’s Bureau.
- He is in private practice with offices in Aurora, Cassville, and Branson, MO, where he specializes in marriage and family counseling as well as anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse.
- He is the individual, family, and group therapist for the residents at the GRIP boy’s home.
Brian Chander, Psy.D.
- Does psychological testing for all residents of GRIP
- Worked in the field for over 20 years
- First trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, gained Master’s Degree in MFT, then completed his Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology.
- Received additional training with individual psychopathology and assessment
- Worked in settings including prisons, hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, and residential treatment facilities.
- Experience with child, adolescent, and adult psychopathology in both chronic and acute phases of treatment. Also, has expertise with psychological assessment having conducted over 4,000 full psychological batteries utilizing various intellectual, achievement and personality (objective and projective) measures.
- Is currently in private practice in Springfield, Missouri, and provides consultation for a number of facilities, including a children and adolescent’s psychiatric hospital and GRIP.
Karah Young, MSW, LCSW
- Ten years experience with substance abuse and mental health treatment
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Graduate of Missouri State University
- Areas of interest/expertise in mental health and substance abuse with adolescents and adults
- Experience from treating women in a battered women/substance abuse clinic in Sprinfield, Missouri and treatment for patients in a hospital setting in Columbia, Missouri.
- Currently in private practice serving Southwest Missouri.
- Operates a state certified outpatient substance abuse program
- Provides outpatient counseling for individuals, couples, and families as well as provides counseling for GRIP for those adolescents on the Family Focus program.
Chris Berry is the Social Worker and Family Focus Specialist for GRIP.
- Chris has worked with youth for the past 20 years. He graduated high school from Lamar, Missouri in 1989 and immediately began working in construction, working his way to owning his own business. He decided on a career change in 1998.
- He moved to western Kansas to work as a youth director at a church.
- From there he went to college and completed his bachelor of science in psychology at Missouri State University in 2005.
- He worked as a Behavioral Health Tech for 6 1/2 years at Lakeland Regional Hospital with boys with sexual issues and behavioral problems.
- In 2008 he worked in specialized case management for Missouri Alliance for Children and Families before joining GRIP.
The rest of the staff:
- Retired Highway Patrolman
- Retired Air Force officer
- Accredited drug & alcohol counselor
- Other staff and associates who have experience in the field