Relational Cultural Theory*



Relational cultural theory (RCT) is grounded in feminist theory and supports the notion that chronic disconnection of humans causes suffering. RCT counselors believe clients must be understood within their contextual and socio-cultural impacts on the well being of clients.  Cultivating growth fostering relationships is critical to meeting the needs of our clients. Healing of clients presenting problems takes place within the context of mutual empathetic and growth fostering relationships. This webinar will outline the tenants of relational cultural theory, discuss the role of the counselor and client, outline treatment planning, and discuss specific techniques counselors can use in their clinical practice to integrate relational cultural theory.


  • Discuss the historical tenets and key theorists for Relational Cultural Theory.
  • Analyze and apply client problems within an RCT approach.
  • Explain the role of a client and counselor within an RCT approach.
  • Identify the process of counseling within an RCT approach.
  • Describe  3-4 techniques within RCT therapy.
  • Explain multicultural considerations within RCT.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20- in process

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 6
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Relational Cultural Theory

    • Lecture2.1
      Relational Cultural Theory
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Relational Cultural Theory 15 questions
Dr. Janelle Bettis is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Bowie State University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland. Dr. Bettis obtained her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Dr. Bettis has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. Dr. Bettis has worked in a variety of settings such as school, in home, clinic and within the community. Research interests include home-based counseling, social justice/advocacy, clinical supervision, public policy/legislation, counselors-in-training, community mental health, African American women’s issues, qualitative research methods. Dr. Bettis currently serves as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Program and Webinar Committee for Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and Committee Member of the ACA Public Policy Committee.