ERIC Number: ED297195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Therapy on the Telephone: The Decentralization of Traditional Therapy.
Fish, Sandra L.
The crisis hotline was probably the earliest use of the telephone for counseling purposes, begun in the 1960s as a suicide prevention service. Crisis counseling is designed to be therapeutic and to result in insight. The telephone has come to be used in a variety of ways for more traditional therapy which differs in basic assumptions and focus from crisis intervention. Traditional therapy usually involves a series of contacts between a mental health professional and a client in an attempt to change client behaviors which interfere with work or social relationships, bringing about substantial change in perspective. While it is readily apparent that the telephone would be useful for the kind of short-term, often anonymous, crisis counseling conducted primarily by volunteers, uses of the telephone for more formal therapy have been less apparent and slower to develop. However, traditional therapy is in the process of being redefined, expanded, and decentralized by the telephone and other forms of mediated communication. Therapy has exploded into uncharted territory via call-in radio and television programs as well as by computerized formats. The telephone is less visible but equally revolutionary in its impact. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987). For related document, see CG 020 967.