Relational-Cultural Theory: A Framework for Relational Competencies and Movement in Group Work
Originally Published In
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health
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.