Waverley Integrative Framework

The Waverley Integrative Framework is a relational approach to counselling that emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship and adherence to the core conditions: genuineness, unconditional acceptance and empathy.

The Waverley Integrative Framework can be described as a holistic approach that reflects on the client’s history and current circumstances, and on all core aspects of human functioning: relational, physical, emotional, volitional, rational and spiritual. The framework addresses spiritual and existential issues by considering the core needs each person has for security, self-worth and significance. At its foundation, the approach has a Christian world-view. It is underpinned by Christian anthropology that understands humans as created in the image of God and thus relational at the core of their being, and intrinsically valuable.

The Waverley Integrative Framework is also a flexible approach that counsellors can use as a tool to assess and conceptualise a client’s problems and make a choice of interventions. Issues of spiritual formation are considered where appropriate. The flexibility of the approach enables each counsellor to develop a critical analysis of their professional work to formulate their own integrative philosophy and approach to counselling.

The Waverley Integrative Framework values the person of the client and fully respects the client’s right to hold their own faith beliefs (or none) and values. Indeed, all counselling training provided by Waverley Abbey College fully emphasises the rights of, and responsibilities to, the client, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, culture, class, sexuality, religion and belief. Furthermore, Waverley Abbey College is committed to ensuring our students appreciate differences between clients, avoid discrimination and prejudice, and endeavour to provide a fair and impartial provision of counselling services.