Responsive Services: Counselor-Supported Interventions
Case Study
Responding to Student Needs Indirectly
The TK–12 counselors spent their time during the previous summer planning sessions
fully articulating the direct services they needed to implement during the most recent academic
term. This summer’s planning focuses on the indirect services they implement through the
responsive services program component. Mr. Terman proposes that the counselors remain in
their same grade-level groups to continue the responsive services planning, and they agree with
this strategy. Goals for this academic year are to identify those student concerns for which
interventions are needed and that may be effectively delivered by persons other than the school
counselor. They have agreed on some specific goals to be achieved before school opens in
1. To identify needs and plan for services, use data collected during the previous school
year about students’ absences, behaviors, achievements, and referrals for evaluation to receive
special services.
2. To facilitate appropriate referrals, update the list of community resources available
for students and families whose personal problems may interfere with their academic, career,
or personal/social development.
3. To be effective consultants and collaborators, conduct a systemwide inventory of
materials counselors have successfully used in consultation with teachers and parents and
categorize them by highest needs problem areas
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