Relational - Cultural Therapy


Relational-Cultural Therapy (2010) Judith V. Jordan.  (Theories of Psychotherapy Series, J. Carlson and M. Englar-Carlson, series editors.).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

3.0 hours of CE credit                             Cost = $30.00

(Cost does not include the book which must be purchased independantly.  Links to online sellers are provided to the right and below)

Introductory to Intermediate level

20-question multiple choice + true/false test


This short and very readable book is part of the  Theories of Psychotherapy Series published by the American Psychological Association.  It is a clear explication of the theory and practice of Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT) which grew out of the work of Jean Baker Miller and her colleagues at Wellesley College and Harvard University.  The book includes chapters on History, Theory, The Therapy Process, Evaluation (of RTC), Future Developments, and a Summary.  This theory, at it’s most basic, posits that all human growth and development occurs in the context of relationship, that pathology comes from disconnection and isolation, and that the healing power of psychotherapy lies in the mutual, reciprocal, growth-fostering relationship between client and therapist.  The book states the theory clearly, gives examples of the theory in action, and addresses criticisms and misunderstandings about the implementation of the theory.  It also takes a brief look at research involving RTC, and makes suggestions for future directions for research.

100 pages of text.  Glossary. Suggested Readings, References, Index.  Total pages: 136.


3.0 CE units,  cost:  $30.00

People who take this course will be able to
1.    Name at least four of the core concepts of RCT
2.    Explain how the view of psychological health in RCT differs from that of today’s Western mainstream culture – especially as it applies to independence versus connection.
3.    Describe how an RCT therapist might balance the need for mutual empathy in a therapy session and the need for focus on the growth and well-being of the client.
4.    Explain why social justice is considered important in RCT.


Judith Jordan, Ph.D.  is the director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and founding scholar at the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.  She has published over 40 original reports and 25 chapters and co-authored three books.  She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Psychological Association’s Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology as a Science and a Profession as well as numerous other awards.  She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session and the Journal of Creativity and Mental Health.

The book is also available from Kenny's Books and  Vroman's Bookstore -- and likely many other book sources.