Title

Relational-Cultural Theory: A Framework for Relational Competencies and Movement in Group Work

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2012

Originally Published In

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

Volume Number

7

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

2-16

Abstract

Relational-cultural theory (RCT) is an evolving feminist model of human development that places emphasis on growth-fostering relationships as building blocks for wellness. This article demonstrates the use of RCT in addressing relational aggression, including cyberbullying, in counseling a group of adolescent girls. The group counselor' s facilitation of an RCT curriculum allowed participants to acknowledge and address social stratification within their relational networks and supported their vulnerability in creating growth-fostering connections within, and eventually beyond, the group. The group' s transformation indicates the value of RCT in dismantling lateral marginalization by fostering members' mutual empathy and yearning for change.

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