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 a recent survey of EFT Therapists initiated by the Denver EFT Community, we received invaluable feedback about where we have expressed this core value. And where we fell short of our goals. “It is helpful to learn more about where I personally fall short in creating a learning environment where all can feel safe, valued and cared for,” says Jim Thomas. ” Hopefully, those who gave that feedback can reach out to me. I would invite you to give me your feedback. Where I have caused harm to you, please know I welcome the chance to hear from you. To listen, and learn, and not make you responsible for having to address or take care of any discomfort I may feel learning I fell short of the mark.”
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. To look at my own biases, and ways I can cause harm, create or magnify distance or participate in perpetuating inequity in our therapy field. I seek to be active in welcoming all persons to our trainings, community and in my therapy office,” 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.
Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred — something to be honoured 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. As a community, we commit to becoming 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.
“I renew my commitment and turn both inward and to other’s experience of me to learn, grow and if at all possible, be in some small way a force for racial healing. Not a participant in further racial harm, denial, ongoing inequity and pain. Racial trauma is real, I want to know and clear out my part in that,” Jim Thomas.
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 the 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.