The Relational Cultural Theory Collective (RCTC) is an international group of mental health clinicians, educators and community leaders who study, teach and advance the application of Relational Cultural Theory (RCT).  The central tenet of RCT is that people develop through and toward relationships. These occur within and are influenced by a cultural context. Above all, RCT asserts that people need to be in connection with others in order to open up, to shift, to transform, to heal and to grow. 

Members of the Collective are well-versed in the practical application of RCT in a variety of settings and are available to teach and present to mental health organizations, academic institutions and community groups. 

The Collective hosts an annual conference and works closely with the International Center for Growth In Connection.

The 2020 RCTC conference, Relational Resilience: Movement in Connection has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about the Relational Cultural Theory Collective or updates about upcoming events, email:


Founding Members:

Roseann Adams, MSW, LCSW

Chicago, Illinois

Denise M. Dojka, PsyD

Geneva, Illinois

Theresa L Epstein, MSW, LICSW

Seattle, Washington

Shannon Finn, MSW, RSW

Alberta, Canada

Molly Hinchman, PhD

West Cornwall, Connecticut

Erica J. Seidel, Psy.D.

Brooklyn, New York