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Direct student services may not sound super interesting but this is the good stuff! It’s the things we all enjoy doing and the reasons we became school counselors. Direct student services are when we are working with students in one on one settings, small groups, and class lessons. We all know that providing these services are the key parts of our role but how can we be sure we are delivering the best services possible to your students?

The ASCA professional competencies can be a bit challenging to read, understand, and implement, and as busy school counselors, it can be hard to find time to sort through them and figure out how they would look in an actual school counseling setting. That is why I dove into them, split them down into direct and indirect services, and broke down each behavior listed so you can get the info you need without the added stress. So in this episode, I am sharing the importance of each behavior and giving you some ideas and tangible things you can do to make sure that you're providing the best services possible. 

Don’t forget to sign up for February’s Coffee with the Counselor! This month’s topic is, “How to Advocate without Headache! : 11 Secret Strategies” and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss. See you there!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Sign up for February’s Coffee with the Counselor!

  • The importance of creating a culturally responsive classroom

  • How providing appraisal and advisement may look within school counseling services

  • Ways you can provide support during times of heightened stress, transition, or to those who have experienced trauma

  • Ideas for supporting students during and after a crisis

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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