Responsive Services

Responsive Services is a component of the Guidance and Counseling Department that addresses immediate concerns of students through prevention and intervention. Counselors work with parents, staff and the community to support PreK-12 students.

Responsive Services counselors work specifically with students whose personal circumstances, mental health, or crises interfere with a healthy academic and personal/social development. Students may face family issues, loss, trauma, abuse, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or a multitude of other issues and may benefit from counseling services.

Responsive Services counselors provide a range of services including individual counseling, small group counseling and referrals to outside agencies and support systems.

Additionally, counselors and social workers develop and implement programs, trainings and initiatives to educate and support the district and community and spread the message: #YouMatter.

Monthly training topics

MonthTopic
AugustReporting Child Abuse
SeptemberSuicide Awareness and Prevention
OctoberDrug/Alcohol Prevention
NovemberGrief Support
DecemberAnti-Bullying/Cyberbullying
JanuaryHuman Trafficking Awareness
FebruaryTeen Dating Violence and Kindness
MarchAdolescent Self Injury Awareness
AprilChild Abuse Prevention
MaySummer is Hot; Counseling is Cool
JuneHome Safety

Responsive Services team

The Responsive Services Team is made up of licensed mental health professionals that specialize in diverse populations, trauma and crisis. Our team provides:

  • crisis intervention
  • individual counseling
  • small group counseling
  • referrals
  • community programs
  • training
  • mental health awareness

Our team

NameContact
Lisa Olsen, Ed.D., LMSW (admin)lrolsen@garlandisd.net
Litza Bodden, LPClbodden@garlandisd.net
Jim Foster, CSCWJFoster@garlandisd.net
DeVonte Hardy, LMSWDHardy@garlandisd.net
Emma Johnson, LCSWeljohnson@garlandisd.net
Rhonda Johnson, LPCRJohnson2@garlandisd.net
Cyrus Lightsey, LMSWclightsey@garlandisd.net
Kamille Lucas, LMSWKLucas@garlandisd.net
Larry McEntire, LPCLMcEntire@garlandisd.net
Paul Moore, LPCpmoore@garlandisd.net
Lisa Whatley, CSCLMWhatle@garlandisd.net
Janelle Nash White, LPCjnashwhite@garlandisd.net
Danny Medina-Rivera, PhD., LPCdmedinarivera@garlandisd.net

Child abuse

It is Texas law that anyone who suspects abuse is happening must report it to the DFPS. School staff and educators even more so must be alert and willing to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. Those who report are protected by the law, however, those who do not can be held liable.

We've collected information to help you in identifying and reporting child abuse: