International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) Statement on Diversity
At the International Centre 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 and enabling them to also embrace our common humanity. We will take a more focused and deliberate action to welcome and promote greater openness and compassion in all our endeavours.
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.
ACEFT Stance on Diversity and Inclusion in EFT – from the Directors, Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald and Dr Clare Rosoman
As the Australian Centre for EFT, we stand by ICEEFT’s statement on diversity and inclusion in EFT and commit to taking real action to be inclusive of all and to prevent the marginalisation of any members within our Australian EFT community. EFT is for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, sex, gender, ability, or age.
EFT is for all relationships between people who matter to each other, regardless of the structure and nature of that relationship. EFT is about nurturing strong healthy relationships that benefit all; individuals, groups and society as a whole. ACEFT honours and respects the traditional owners across this vast land in which we provide our services.
Dr Jenny Fitzgerald (left) and Dr Clare Rosoman (right)
Resources to Help us to Listen and Learn
Articles on Diversity and EFT
- Cultural Competency in Couple and Family Therapy – CLICK HERE
- Cultural differences in attachment and emotion: Emotionally focused therapy with intercultural couples – CLICK HERE
- Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples – CLICK HERE
- Trauma psychotherapy with people involved in BDSM/kink: Five common misconceptions and five essential clinical skills – CLICK HERE
- A Narrative Expansion of Emotionally Focused Therapy With Intercultural Couples – CLICK HERE