Our Story Why We Exist
Our Vision is to create the conditions in society where children and their families are free from behavioural and mental health challenges.
We work with children who have often experienced chaotic, trouble filled lives. Hull offers them, and their families, an opportunity to seek health and happiness with a focus on mental health.
What guides our work every day is a belief in the dignity, wellness and worth of all. This combined with a commitment to integrity, collaboration, trust and accountability. Simply put, we care.
Our founder, and continuing inspiration, William Roper Hull, was an entrepreneur, visionary and philanthropist. His contributions to Calgary, the province of Alberta and western Canada left a blueprint of good citizenship for legions of others to emulate.
He said in 1883 of Calgary, “There will be a city of at least 25,000. I see houses, schools, shops and churches and everything one needs for a happy life and I will help to build it.”
Mr. Hull recognized that a good life requires a fabric of services, resources and relationships. Because of William Roper Hull’s generosity, thousands of kids, young adults and families are helped every day through Hull Services.
In 2016 we continue to strive toward the highest of ideals while remaining steadfast in the belief that every child, every family, matters.
Our Impact What We Do
At the core of Hull Services' approach is the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).
NMT is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children. The Neurosequential Model is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention; it is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the understanding of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child.
Following more than two years of intensive certification and thousands of personnel hours dedicated to master the core concepts and implement the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in their clinical setting, Hull Services was invited to become a Flagship Site for the ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. In fact we're Canada's only flagship location for NMT.
Based in Houston, Texas, CTA has created a network of partner organizations across the world certified in the use of the NMT as recognition of an ongoing relationship with the CTA and the continuing demonstration of the intention to engage in extensive internal and external NMT related training, supervision, consultation and community engagement activities.
Commenting on Hull Services, Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Senior Fellow and founder of CTA said, They’ve done some incredibly innovative things and we’re learning from them, I suspect, as much as they are learning from us, so it’s been a really interesting and productive partnership and so much so that we have named Hull a flagship program for NMT and they’re one of the primary program development and clinical partners with the CTA in this process. There probably are a handful of places in the world that have the combination of staff who understand kids like [Hull does] and school that understand kids like [Hull does].
Our Programs How We Do It
Hull Services provides an integrated continuum of programs and services including specialized therapy, counselling and education. Hull helps children, youth, young adults and families who experience emotional and psychological disorders, behavioural problems, learning disabilities, mental illness, developmental delay, neglect and abuse and family breakdown.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Hull Services is a leader in Children's Mental Health, but we can't do it alone.
With your support we can help even more children, adults and families who experience significant mental health, behavioural and developmental challenges.
Some of the ways you can get involved:
Become a Mentor | Our Mentor's Matter program has more than 100 mentors working with children in 14 different programs. We want every child at Hull to have a mentor.
Volunteer | Hull offers volunteer opportunities to individuals and corporations. Whether it's a short term experience you're looking for or you're ready to provide your talent for years to come, we want to talk to you.
Events | Hull has two major special fundraising events each year: Hullelujah in December and our golf tournament, Hull In One in the summer. Get involved as an individual, or bring your enitre company along.
Donate | Hull Services has a history of supporting families, am enviable trak record of highly effective programs and services that are planned and delivered with expertise, skill and caring.
Hull Services needs your help. Calgary has more than 300,000 children. Nearly 20 per cent or 60,000 are dealing with a mental health challenge. Every day of the year we respond to the needs of children and their families, who have been affected by serious childhood mental health challenges.
Hull Services believes we can move the 20 per cent of children in harm's way to join the 80 per cent who are doing pretty well, making a better future for 100 per cent of our children. They deserve our help, for the good of us all.