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Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

The Austin Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy commits to supporting a climate of safety and inclusion for all members.  We strive to be a community in which all people are valued, respected, and encouraged to freely express themselves in a respectful and inclusive environment that encourages free, meaningful, universal human connection and discourse among members.  We encourage the free, equal and open expression of all members, as we value meaningful human connection dependent upon such expression. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention from which our work derives.  We recognize EFT as a humanistic modality reliant on collaboration, free expression and respect.  We insist on respecting the human dignity of all.  We aim to cultivate a community in which all members freely and respectfully express themselves without fear, intimidation, persecution or marginalization.  

We strive to support and uphold these values equally with respect to all members, including but not limited to members’ opinions, identity and/or characteristics of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, class, physical disability or mental health.  We honor and cultivate the sacred nature of human connection.  Our scientific and theoretical model respects attachment and other key universal human needs, while respecting individual differences.

ICEEFT Position Statement on Diversity and Racism

At the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) we are dedicated to developing secure, resilient individuals and successful trusting relationships between partners and within families across the globe. As such, we stand against all forms of racism and discrimination and stand in support of the Black community. With new eyes, we condemn the abhorrent impact of systemic racism in our world, our societies, and in our own organization.

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.

Our renewed aim is to share our expertise and knowledge in the service of healing racial trauma, helping people value differences while affirming our common humanity. We will take a more focused and deliberate action to welcome and promote greater openness and compassion in all our endeavors.

With inclusion, equity, and diversity as foundational values, our work will continue to remain grounded in attachment science which asserts that we are all wired for connection and share common needs to be seen, valued and supported by others.

With so much to learn we will remain curious and committed to our aspirations to become an equitable organization where everyone can thrive—until we get it right. Working together we will get there.

ICEEFT Stance on Diversity

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. 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. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention that all our work is based on.

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.

Austin Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy

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