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The Boys House

The Boys House is a residential treatment program for teenage boys age 13-18, located in the community of Parkdale.  The program is suitable for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The program is staffed by experienced Child and Youth Workers who focus on building on and developing both individual and group strengths.  The highly structured therapeutic milieu includes group therapy, group and individual activities, group tasks and chores.  Families are invited into the program and are active participants in treatment.  Each family receives family therapy with our program social worker, and each boy has access to psychiatric consultation with our program psychiatrist. 

Group and individualized programming is designed to provide a range of opportunities that promote self esteem, confidence and skill development.  Residents of the Boys House  have access to The George Hull Centre School Program.

Drako’s parents immigrated to Canada.  His father struggled with trauma and his mother with mental illness.  In high school, his teachers noticed drawings featuring disturbing images of death and destruction.  His relationship with his father deteriorated and he was not able to remain at home.  At the Boys House, Drako received support and attention from child and youth workers and was able to participate in structured and positive activities with the other boys, greatly improving his self concept and mood.  The Boys House therapist worked intensively with Drako and his father to improve their relationship and communication.  As a result of these changes, Drako was able to return to live with his father.  The George Hull Centre provided aftercare to the family in order to consolidate the many gains made during treatment.

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