Relational Cultural Theory Essay

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In understanding Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), we will first examine its fundamental assumptions and then critically assess those assumptions. Next, we will evaluate RCT’s assumptions to determine its relevance to the core values of social work. Finally, we will determine the ways RCT can best guide social work practice. First, it is important to note that RCT is foundationally structured on feminist theories and it differs from more traditional theories that are based on individualism (Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 2012). Additionally, like most feminist theories striving to end oppression, it can be applied to empower both men and women (Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 2012). Unlike those traditional therapies that place the responsibility…show more content…
First, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics Preamble (2008) states, “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people.” In RCT, the goal is also to enhance wellbeing through the basic need for connection and growth-empowering relationships which is based on mutual empowerment for all people (Banks, Jordan, & Walker, 2011). Further, the NASW (2008) lists their core values to be: “service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.” All of these values define RCT, because it emphasizes human relationships and the “five good things” (Jordan, 2008, p.2) that promote authenticity, respect, self-esteem, dignity, equality, and acts that promote relationships that empower others for an inclusive society (Banks, Jordan, & Walker,…show more content…
Following RCT, we see growth-enhancing relationships contribute to social well-being and are extremely important to the total health of all people (Comstock et al., 2008). In addition, by promoting an equalitarian society through growth-enhancing relationships means that RCT strives for health as a human right also (Banks, Jordan, & Walker, 2011). Furthermore, from the ACE study, which examined the connection between exposure to childhood abuse and household dysfunction with increased risk for chronic diseases in adulthood, the importance of growth-enhancing relationships, especially in childhood, is vital to our total health (Felitti et al.,

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