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Relational-Cultural Therapy by Judith V. JordanIn this second edition of Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT), Judith V. Jordan returns to explore the history, theory, and practice of relationship centered, culturally oriented psychotherapy. Western psychological theories generally depict human development as moving from dependence to independence. In contrast, RCT is built on the premise that, throughout the lifespan, human beings grow through and toward connection, and that we need connections to flourish. This theory views isolation, at both individual and cultural levels, as a major source of suffering. The goal of the relational therapist is to deepen the therapeutic relationship and, ultimately, the client's relationships outside of therapy. The client's relational images--positive or negative expectations created by past relationships - influence current relationships, and a negative image can result in disconnections between people and society. This essential primer, amply illustrated with case examples, is perfect for graduate students and seasoned practitioners alike. This new edition highlights new research on the effectiveness of RCT in a variety of real-world situations--such as developing team-building exercises in workplaces, and providing a theoretical frame for an E.U.-sponsored conference on human trafficking.
Relational-cultural therapy over time (DVD) by American Psychological Association; producer, Yevette Brown3 videodiscs
Dr. Judith V. Jordan demonstrates and discusses this increasingly practiced approach to therapy. Relational-cultural therapy is a theory of doing therapy, as well as a developmental theory, that works on connection and disconnection in a client's life. A person's past relationships positively and negatively influence expectations--or relational images--of future relationships. People become disconnected from each other primarily because of negative relational images, and the therapist's job is to loosen the hold these negative images have on the client's present life and help the client become more connected with others.
Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (website)Growth-fostering relationships are a central human necessity. Chronic disconnection, whether on an interpersonal or societal scale, is a primary source of human suffering. By offering thought leadership and skills training on this Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) of human growth and social-psychological development, JBMTI seeks to improve traditional practice, transform lives, and pursue social justice. By developing and extending applications of RCT, practitioners, educators, care givers, and others can promote healing empathy and mutual respect to sustain positive connection and create powerful change.