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ERIC Number: ED066687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 33
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Hotline for Youth.
Gemignani, Robert J.
In 1968 a telephone service called Hotline began operation in Los Angeles. The concept was planned and implemented by a committee of various community representatives in association with the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles. The Children's Hospital Hotline is one of 300 existing throughout the country, with a steadily increasing number being created in other parts of the world. The Hotline is designed mainly as a crisis intervention resource. It provides an understanding, empathic, objective "listener" who is immediately available for a troubled youth. Hotline resulted from an awareness of the increasing alientation of youth and the relative lack of meaningful avenues of communication during periods of stress. The important features of the Hotline are its immediate availability and respect for anonymity of the caller. The Hotline approach does not presume traditional professional training in psychotherapy or counseling on the part of the person answering calls. The approach used is based on the concept of "creative listening" and a regard for others, with a special awareness of and sensitivity to young people. (Author/WS)
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Authoring Institution: Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.