Chicago Center for Connection

The Chicago Center for Connection is an association of professionals from a variety of disciplines who work together to advance the application of Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations and communities.

RCT is built on the premise that psychological and emotional growth occur in relationship and that all people yearn for connection.  Empathy is at the foundation of this theory and connection is viewed as the energy that makes change possible.  The theory, based on the work of the late Jean Baker Miller, explores how cultural factors influence behaviors and expectations in relationships and examines notions of self, autonomy, independence, individuation, power and competition. 

The following are the positive consequences of growth-fostering relationships:

  • A sense of zest or well-being that comes from interactions with others
  • Increased ability and motivation to take positive action in service of self and others
  • Increased sense of self-worth
  • Increased knowledge of self and others
  • Increased desire for connection with others as a consequence of improved relational courage and increased relational competence

Throughout the lifespan, human beings grow and develop through and toward connection and thrive through participation in positive, affirming and growth producing relationships.    

The application of Relational Cultural Theory has great potential to foster positive social change.  When systems and organizational practices, policies and procedures are created with empathy, compassion, and respect at the foundation, individuals and the systems in which they interact can thrive.  RCT offers a route to transform division, conflict and impasse to creative accommodation and collaboration.  Relational hurts can be healed.  Challenging community problems can be solved. RCT can be an effective foundational operating system to improve the effectiveness of programs designed to improve lives.

Mission of the Chicago Center for Connection: To share and advance the understanding and practice of Relational Cultural Theory and to collaborate with other organizations to use RCT as a vehicle for positive change in a variety of settings. 

Services:  Coaching, clinical, organizational and community consultation.

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