THE SPARK BLOG

As relationships, families and modern life change in Scotland, The Spark Relationship Counselling is adapting to meet those needs through technology. This year The Spark celebrates 50 years of supporting individuals, couples and families with relationship counselling and advice. An evening reception at the Scottish Parliament on 22 March provided an opportunity to look back at half a century of counselling success and demonstrate how The Spark will continue to support the people of Scotland in the years to come through online counselling and resources.

Embracing digital technology in counselling

Unveiled at the Scottish Parliament was The Spark’s Relationship MOT – a free, confidential online relationship health check. Developed by The Spark it provides a snapshot of potential sources of relationship difficulties. Feedback is provided based on a series of simple multiple choice questions.

Test out The Spark Relationship MOT online.

Where users would like to explore those issues in greater depth they can utilise The Spark’s services:

The Spark Relationship MOT

The Spark Relationship MOT covers 6 common areas where relationships are challenged in modern Scotland. Users are able to answer questions specifically about relationship problems around addiction, the role of the home caregiver, financial pressures, ill health, the challenge of deciding to live together and the general topic of struggling in a relationship. The Spark Relationship MOT – alongside The Spark’s existing online counselling chat service – demonstrates the charity’s desire to evolve as the needs of our customers change.

Try out The Spark online relationship chat service by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Blended families

21st century Scotland now features increasingly complicated, blended families. The traditional family unit that was so common has made way for all shapes and sizes of family. With those changes come new challenges to positive relationships between family members and The Spark is tackling those issues head on.

New, free resources for individuals in blended families were released this month to help provide advice and guidance. Free copies can be requested by calling Freephone 0808 802 2088

Image of The Spark's free guides to surviving the teenage years and blended families

The Spark’s new materials launched March 2016.

For more in-depth support and relationship counselling for teenagers as part of the family group, complete our Counselling enquiry form or freephone 0808 802 0050 and a member of The Spark team will contact you to discuss face-to-face counselling. Alternatively utilise our online counselling Relationship chat function or freephone our Relationship Helpline on 0808 802 2088.

Teenagers in the digital age

The increasing challenges facing young people growing up in this digital age is another area where The Spark relationship counselling is moving with the times. With digital revolution has come the fresh challenges of young people’s relationships in the digital world. Twitter, SnapChat, WhatsApp and other social media channels have created new and complex relationships never seen before. Allied to the typical issues faced during adolescence means young people today – and their parents – face a raft of new causes of relationship distress.

In response The Spark has produced a new guide to help young people, parents and families deal with the difficult teenage years. Free hard copies can be requested by calling the Freephone 0808 802 2088.

Surviving the Teenage Years - Relationship counselling from The Spark

Surviving the Teenage Years free booklet by The Spark

For more in-depth support and relationship counselling for teenagers as part of the family group, complete our Counselling enquiry form or freephone 0808 802 0050 and a member of The Spark team will contact you to discuss face-to-face counselling. Alternatively utilise our online counselling Relationship chat function or freephone our Relationship Helpline on 0808 802 2088.

 

 

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