The Colorado Center for E.F.T., and Director, Jim Thomas, LMFT, EFT Trainer, adheres to, honors and seeks to live the ICEEFT Inclusion and the ICEEFT Stance on Diversity.
As part of the larger ICEEFT community, at the Center, we aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. For founder, Jim Thomas, LMFT, honoring diversity, recognizing the real life consequences and trauma of racism, and welcoming all people to our trainings is a core value. In EFT Trainings and the Colorado EFT communities, we seek inclusion, welcoming all persons.
In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world — a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully — where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability.
“I continue to learn. From a young age, culture, ethnicity and race where in the forefront growing up. It is easy to tell myself that things have gotten better, that racism subsided from the levels seen in the 1950’s and 60’s. But it remains rampant. And it’s on me, my responsibility, as a trainer, a therapist, a mentor and person to continuously challenge my privilege. Cultural humility and curiosity fosters cross-cultural communication and align elegantly, and powerfully, with EFT practices. There is much to learn about working with issues of oppression, marginalization and differences with couples and families,” Jim Thomas.
Specifically, humanistic approaches such as EFT are collaborative and respectful. We create a safe place for people and treat them as persons, not problems or types. Our approach is non-pathologizing in practice. We seek to understand the human experience in all it’s myriad facets. The impact of implicit bias and systemic racism in the U.S. continues to impact both our clients, our colleagues, and ourselves. Ongoing racism infuses our communities causing very real harm.
Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred — something to be honored and cultivated.
Our scientific and theoretical base outlines key universals, emotion and attachment, while respecting individual differences.
COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM, to being actively anti-racist:
We join ICEEFT and all our Trainer, Supervisor and Clinical colleagues in this.
We are committed to listening, learning and growing, so that we can better embody our values of inclusion, equality and diversity. We can and will do better. The ICEEFT trainer community and Board of Directors commits to being an anti-racist organization, working in close collaboration with our Diversity and Inclusion Group, as well as with members in our community who have experienced marginalization. Together we will fight racism, both as a principle and as a tangible reality in our training programs, our clinical work and our interactions with communities across different countries and cultures.
EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CLINICIANS Serving Marginalized, Oppressed, and Under Served People:
We offer partial scholarships for the upcoming Externship co-lead with Dr. James Hawkins, June 1 – 4, 2021
Limited Partial Scholarships are available for this Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In order to qualify for consideration, at least one of the following criteria must be met.
- Have demonstrated experience or interest in working with BIPOC.
- Have demonstrated knowledge or experience in BIPOC cultural issues.
- Work in historically marginalized communities.
- Have low income based on work in a non-profit or other service organization.