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Job: Clinical Support/Supervisor

Job: Clinical Support/Supervisor

The Spark are looking for a Clinical Support/Supervisor. The post holder will have responsibility for the clinical role of providing support and guidance to clients and supervisees of The Spark Counselling Service as well as providing effective and efficient Safeguarding within The Sparks Helpline, Relational Counselling and CYP Services.

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3 exam myths busted

3 exam myths busted

Exams are on the horizon for young people up and down the country. So we decided it was time to bust a few exam myths that can create unnecessary stress and anxiety before exams. Exam myths busted #1: poor exam results will ruin...

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Turning bad exam stress into good exam stress

Turning bad exam stress into good exam stress

Is there such a thing as good exam stress? If you are in your fourth or fifth year at high school, you may be experiencing exams for the first time. You will have had tests – and plenty of them – in the past, but this is different. Instead of sitting in a classroom...

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Starting secondary school: a guide for parents

Starting secondary school: a guide for parents

Starting secondary school can be daunting for children and their parents. To help smooth the transition, our team of Children and Young People Counsellors have put together their top tips on helping your child prepare for starting secondary school. Ask: how are you...

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How to help a young person understand their intelligence type

How to help a young person understand their intelligence type

For young people, exams are the primary measure of their ‘achievement’. Exams define how we categorise our children and what level of ‘intelligence’ society considers them to possess. Anyone who has struggled at school will understand the negative impact it can have...

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What young adults wish you knew about adolescence

What young adults wish you knew about adolescence

During adolescence, the brain remodels intensively until the individual has reached their mid-20s. Up until that time the decisions, moods and emotions of a young adult are in a state of flux. The front of the brain – the prefrontal cortex – is the last section to be...

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The challenge of learning to trust others

The challenge of learning to trust others

The Oxford Dictionary defines trust as “a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something”. Right now, you probably have a list of names that come to mind of people you trust and, perhaps, people you don’t. But what enables us to...

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How to talk to children about mental health

How to talk to children about mental health

In part 2 of our Time to Talk Day series, we are continuing to look at how to talk to children about mental health. Each year Time to Talk Day encourages adults to start conversations about mental health with friends, family and...

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Talking to kids about emotions

Talking to kids about emotions

Each year Time to Talk Day encourages us to open up and talk about our emotions and mental health. This year we are looking at how parents can talk to their kids about mental health. Specifically, tips for grown-ups on the tricky issue of talking to kids about...

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How to cope with the winter blues – part 3

How to cope with the winter blues – part 3

In the final part of The Spark's 'How to cope with the winter blues' series, we're offering a few more tips on keeping your mood up when the sun is going down. You can catch up with part 1 and part 2 where we looked at how a 'sexy raincoat', not being Gordon Gekko and...

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How to cope with the winter blues – part 2

How to cope with the winter blues – part 2

Welcome to part 2 of The Spark's 'How to cope with the winter blues' series offering our tips on ways to defeat the winter blues. Catch up on part 1 of 'How to cope with the winter blues' where we looked at how embracing the winter season, taking up a new indoor...

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How to cope with the winter blues – part 1

How to cope with the winter blues – part 1

When the days start getting shorter and the nights longer, many people start to feel their mood drop. Unlike Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a form of clinical depression – the ‘winter blues’ is a general term for the feelings of sadness and lethargy we can all...

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Get some rest – stress-free Christmas tip 19

Get some rest – stress-free Christmas tip 19

Tip 19 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is really simple: get some rest! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Get some rest Christmas offers up a perfect storm of late nights and early starts. Which means getting a...

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Say please and thank you – stress-free Christmas tip 17

Say please and thank you – stress-free Christmas tip 17

Next up on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is tip 17: say please and thank you this festive season. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas on our website. Remember to say please and thank you When a fellow shopper grabs the last ‘must...

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Ghosts of Christmas past – stress-free Christmas tip 16

Ghosts of Christmas past – stress-free Christmas tip 16

We have reached tip 16 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas. Ghosts of Christmas past There is no escaping that Christmas can be a difficult and highly emotional time for some of us. Past...

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Get Christmas helpers – stress free Christmas tip 15

Get Christmas helpers – stress free Christmas tip 15

When you are the one stuck with all the Christmas tasks the festive season can feel far from festive. De-stress this year by enlisting your own band of Christmas helpers. We are up to tip 15 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips...

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Spend time with people – stress free Christmas tip 14

Spend time with people – stress free Christmas tip 14

Next up on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is tip 14: spend time with people this Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas. Spend time with people As the longest study on human happiness has shown, relationships keep us happy,...

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Help others this Christmas – stress free Christmas tip 13

Help others this Christmas – stress free Christmas tip 13

Today we are on to tip 13 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. The message is quite simple: help others this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress...

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