The mission of the Scottish Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy is to promote and support the development of EFT in Scotland and its environs. We aim to bring high quality training and professional development to counselling practitioners who wish to further their learning and development through the practice and dissemination of Emotion-Focused Therapy theory and practice. It is also our aim to continue to provide high quality therapy, supervision and accreditation for the populations that we serve and to foster positive impacts for the counsellors and supervisees that we train. An underlying principal behind the mission statement is the dissemination of the importance of Emotion in therapy, in our work and in the lives of those that this work aims to serve.
This mission statement is underpinned by a core set of humanistic values which inform not only our teaching and practice but also the way that we intend to conduct ourselves within this institute with each other. These values are a follows:
1. Presence/Authenticity. People function best and are best helped through authentic, person-to-person relationships.
2. Experiencing. Immediate experiencing is the basis of human thought, feeling and action.
3. Agency/Self-determination. Human beings are fundamentally free to choose what to do and how to construct their worlds.
4. Holism. People are greater than the sum of their parts, and cannot be understood by focusing on single aspects.
5. Pluralism/Egalitarianism. At the same time, differences within and between people should be recognized, tolerated and even prized.
6. Growth. People have a natural tendency toward psychological growth and development that continues throughout the life span.