PURPOSE: The purpose of the responsive services component is to intervene on behalf of those students who immediate personal concerns or problems put their continued personal-social, career and/or educational development at risk. Some services are preventive: interventions with students who are on the brink of choosing an unhealthy or inappropriate solution to their problems or are unable to cope with a situation. Some services are remedial: interventions with students who have already made unwise choices or have not coped well with problem situations.
School Counselors & Confidentiality
While it is important that a student’s conversations with a school counselor be kept confidential, confidentiality does have its limitations. According to the American School Counselor Association’s Ethical Standards for School Counselors, counselors must “keep information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student” (American School Counselor Association [ASCA], 2010).
The most frequent type of breaches include a student verbalizing the following:
Reference: American School Counselor Association. Ethical Standards for School Counselors. American School Counselor Association, n.d. Web. 19 March 2013.
- Verbal, Physical or Sexual Abuse
- A desire to harm him/herself
- A desire to harm someone else
- An unreported sexual assault
- Counseling individuals or small groups of students
- Consulting with staff and parents
- Referring students, parents and staff members to other specialist, special programs or resources
- Facilitating the use of programs and services with other professionals
- Follow-up with students to monitor their progress toward resolution of their problems
- Child abuse and neglect
- Severe stress
- Substance abuse
- School-age pregnancy
- Gang pressure/involvement
- Harassment issues
- Peer relationships
- Intervention and postvention of a traumatic event
- Family issues
- Academic success
- School dropout prevention
- School attitudes and behaviors
- Study skills
- New student adjustment
Please contact your school’s counselor if in need of assistance in one of these areas.