A multi-award winning service in Cornwall. WAVES means Working Against Violence, Empowering Survivors, and we live and breathe what we do. Our service proudly provides 12 free sessions of counselling, offered to anyone who has been a victim of Domestic Violence or Abuse, regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, income, or psychological assessment, because the reality is, anyone can be affected by domestic violence or abuse.
With WAVES, you will be allocated a minimum of 4 clients, and each of these clients will bravely bring you their story to share with you.
We offer high quality, all inclusive training, focused on the abuse suffered by women, men, the LGBT+ community, while looking at the effects this has on children and society in a wider context. We will also look at social assumptions about domestic violence and abuse, and look at real cases.
What We Offer You
Training that you will not find anywhere else
Our training is unique, provided by the WAVES Manager Jo Stone, you will receive high quality training using real life case studies, case examples relating to Cornwall, information and insights regarding domestic abuse for men, women, the LGBT+ community and children, as well as be given the tools, resources and techniques in how to work with those who have experienced abuse. Our training is split into separate individual sections you will receive a certificate for each part completed. Our training can be challenging at times but also though provoking and engaging, allowing you to be pushed to become an effective and life changing counsellor both within and outside of the WAVES Counselling Project.
WAVES provides mandatory supervision for all its counsellors whether on placement, voluntary or self-employed. Monthly group supervision allows us to ensure good practice and effective risk management, you will have the opportunity to discuss difficult or challenging cases with your group and the WAVES manager, as well as share good practice and aspects of your work you are proud of. Supervision also allows room to share useful resources, information, courses, or CPD that you may have come across as a group. Ultimately within our supervision groups, you can expect to be held safely, and afforded the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings in an environment that is supportive and non-judgemental, that is our ethos.
A variety of formats to provide counselling
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, WAVES has adapted to provide counselling in a variety of formats including face-to-face, phone, and video-based sessions. Our clients will have a mixture of preferences, where some are happy to engage in any format of counselling, and others will have a particular preference due to work commitments, childcare, etc. Many colleges will ask that counsellors complete a minimum of 50 therapeutic hours out of 100 face-to-face, with the rest able to be provided optionally in a remote way (video, phone etc.). WAVES will endeavor to offer you clients that allow you to meet your college requirements where possible.
A range of experience
Not only will you be able to see clients in a variety of formats, but you will also be offered to see clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. WAVES provides counselling to anyone aged 16 or over who has experienced domestic abuse, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or psychological status, so you can be sure to be afforded the opportunity to fully experience and understand domestic abuse. WAVES also take part in events where possible such as Blue Monday, Cornwall Pride, Student College Fairs and Information days etc. any opportunity to promote and bring awareness to our free domestic abuse counselling service in Cornwall for those in need.
APPLICATIONS FOR OUR GROUP 7 PLACEMENT HAVE NOW CLOSED