Elaine Leader always dreamt of making a difference in this world but never knew how. That dream became a reality with the birth of Teen Line in 1980. As its Executive Director until May, 2015, she helped the program develop into an amazing opportunity for teens to assist their peers through a hotline and community outreach service. Leading up to this accomplishment was her previous experience as Coordinator of Adolescent Group Psychotherapy Training at Cedars-Sinai where she was a clinical social worker from 1972-1994.
While developing the Teen Line program, Dr. Leader also continued seeing patients in her private practice and kept busy with writing articles and book reviews for professional journals. Her chapter, “Teen Line: A Listening Post for Troubled Youth” appears in the book, Group Therapy with Children and Adolescents, published by the American Psychiatric Press, in 1996.
Dr. Leader has received many honors over the years, from the 1964 University of London Mark Of Distinction in Social Work to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Award in 2000. She is most proud of the Crisis Centers Excellence Award from the American Association of Suicidology which she accepted on behalf of Teen Line in 2009. Teen Line is definitely Elaine Leader’s special baby.
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