Over recent years, a great deal of knowledge and skills have been developed in the counselling of people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Unfortunately, these are not always sufficient, and healthcare professionals regularly find themselves out of their depth. Since the 1990s, the sector has become increasingly professionalised, and support workers are discouraged from using implicit tools such as emotions, imagination, intuition, and moral knowledge in their daily work.
This is remarkable, because these sources of knowledge can be of great value when dealing with challenging behaviour, which is nowadays seen as the result of interactions between the person and their environment. The WAVE project seeks to create more room for this implicit set of instruments.