Goals, Commitments and Actions

NYCEFT becoming an organization of inclusion, belonging and anti-racism

Goals

  • Increase the number of Black, indigenous, and people of color EFT therapists, NYCEFT members, certified EFT therapists and supervisors.
  • Increase the number of Black, indigenous, and people of color therapists in NYCEFT leadership.
  • Increase cultural and racial competence of locals EFT therapists

Commitments

  • Center the voices of Black, indigenous, and people of color presenters and moderators in the academic year of 2020-2021 at Quarterly Seminars, EFT Video Events, Introductory EFT workshops
  • Consistently consider opportunities for NYCEFT to use businesses owned by Black, indigenous, and people of color individuals and groups when purchasing supplies, services or hiring.
  • Improve EFT basic and advanced trainings by local trainers to address race, culture, and experiences of those who are systemically oppressed and focus on adapting EFT model to work with Black, indigenous, and people of color clients.

Actions Taken

  • NYCEFT Board of Directors attended one-day conference “Quarantine Conversations” sponsored by the Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice on June 11, 2020.
  • NYCEFT Board of Directors met on June 19, July 10 and July 24, 2020 to discuss our stance, commitments and action plan to become an organization of inclusion, belonging and anti-racism.
  • NYCEFT Board of Directors has been meeting regularly for a monthly anti-racism book club to reflect on personal and professional experiences that create blind spots in regards to racism.
  • Formal training by RelationshipHQ to gain foundational knowledge about racism required for members of the Board of Directors, local supervisors and assistants at NYCEFT trainings is scheduled for October 9, 2020.
  • NYCEFT established discounts and scholarship opportunities for all training events for clinicians providing clinical services to Black, indigenous, and people of color clients and communities:
  • 40-50% discount to attend EFT Basic Externship
  • 4 discounted registrations for EFT Core Skills Training
  • 25-30% discount to EFT Master Classes
  • We hired Bukky Kolawole, Ph.D. and Tony Hudson, MEd with RelationshipHQ to provide consultation and training in increasing the capacity of our members to have conversations about race and racism, and center racial consciousness and intersectional equity in our relationships, collaborations and overall vision for NYCEFT as an organization. The initial consultation will consist of a 6-hour foundational training and three all day meetings with the Board of Directors over the course of 4 months. The Board is committed to the long-term ongoing process.

Actions Planned

  • NYCEFT to develop a live or recorded training on foundational knowledge about racism and its impact that can be provided to local EFT therapists on a regular basis – by April 2021
  • Quarterly Supervisor Meeting led by invited Black, indigenous, and people of color EFT facilitators to address cultural, racial and intersectional issues that arise in clinical work – by January 2021 and ongoing
  • Trainers will improve training materials (slides, videos, exercises, demonstrations and live sessions) and participate in the EQUIP program – by November 2020 and ongoing
  • Develop a mentorship program for Black, indigenous, and people of color therapists by NYCEFT trainers and supervisors: commitment to provide supervision and support at no or low cost – by January 2021
  • Reach out to Black, indigenous, and people of color therapists and graduate students in the Greater NY area:
  • Continue to provide consistent discounts and scholarship opportunities for all training events for clinicians providing clinical services to Black, indigenous, and people of color clients and communities – ongoing
  • Conduct EFT lectures and introductory EFT workshops by NYCEFT Black and people of color supervisors – ongoing
  • Develop partnerships with local community based organizations serving clients who identify as Black, indigenous, and people of color to provide tailored EFT and EFFT training and supervision – by April 2021
  • Systematically review all public NYCEFT communication materials (website, quarterly newsletter, email blasts and social media) to be clear and consistent about our stance, commitment and actions on anti-racism agenda – by October 30, 2020 and ongoing
  • Develop a probono or low fee program to provide quality EFT treatments to Black, indigenous, and people of color clients with therapists who attended ant-racism foundational training, engage in ongoing self-awareness work and receive support from Black and people of color supervisors – by June 2021
  • Sponsor a conference on the topic of EFT and anti-racism to provide learning space to have creative clinical dialogues that would center Black, indigenous, people of color and intersectional presenters – 2022.