Relational-Cultural Theory and Supervision: Evaluating Developmental Relational Counseling

Thelma Duffey, Shane Haberstroh, Emily Ciepcielinski, Clarissa Gonzales

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This article overviews relational-cultural theory and developmental relational counseling (DRC) and reports the results of a randomized study evaluating supervisory relational health as defined by DRC theoretical constructs. As measured by an adaptation of the Relational Health Index (Liang et al.,), counseling students enrolled in clinical courses identified clear preferences for supervisory relationships that promoted accurate relational awareness, compassion, clarity, feedback receptivity, and responsible use of power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-414
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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