Just as the foundation was seen as the what of the program, the delivery system is the how - how will we deliver our services to all students? How will we respond to our students' individual needs? How will we support the guidance department to maintain successes from year to year? There are four integral parts to the delivery system:
School Guidance Curriculum
Counselors often find themselves delivering curriculum in front of classrooms, groups of parents, or even full auditoriums. School guidance curriculum doesn't happen by accident - it is planned thoroughly by taking into careful consideration things like: audience, developmental needs, and ASCA standards, competencies, and indicators. Curriculum can take many forms:
Individual Student Planning
These are systematic (planned) activities that are utilized by all students to learn about themselves, plan for the future and set goals. They include:
Responsive services are those activities counselors use to meet students' immediate needs. Though counselors may not be able to know when they will use these activities, they are still planned in advance for ease of use. These services include: consultation, individual and small-group counseling, crisis counseling, referrals and peer facilitation.
Once a guidance department has built their program, they must commit to maintenance to ensure continued success. This is done through professional development, consulation and collaboration, and program management.