Responsive Services consist of activities designed to meet immediate needs and concerns of students, whether these needs or concerns require counseling, consultation, referral or information. These services are available to all students and are most often student initiated.
Responsive Services are delivered through these strategies:
Counselors consult with parents, teachers, administrators, other educators and community agencies regarding strategies to help individual students.
Counseling is provided on an individual or small-group basis for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns or normal developmental tasks. Personal counseling assists students in identifying problems, causes, alternatives and possible consequences so that appropriate action may be taken. Small groups may include topics such as divorce, loss and grief, anger management, etc.
Counseling and support are provided to students when their families face emergency situations. Such counseling is normally short-term and temporary in nature. When necessary, appropriate referral sources are used.
Counselors use referral resources to deal with crises such as suicide, violence, abuse, neglect, and terminal illness. These referral resources may include the following:
- School student support services/crisis response team
- Community mental health agencies or private therapists