Who We Are

The Relational Center exists to promote the essential importance of relationships. When we value our connections with others and with the environment, we create the necessary conditions for health and sustainability. So our work promotes personal, interpersonal, and social practices that help people build strong, resilient relationships. Our programs provide healing support, a space for community building, and tools for leadership.

What We Do

Get Empathy

Trains allies in schools and youth-serving organizations to foster leadership and civic engagement among young people. Teacher Training * Youth Leadership

Leadership Institute

Trains leaders in mission-driven institutions to catalyze community engagement and social transformation. Consultation * Clinical Training * Community Gestalt Therapy

Community Project

Draws people close to resist isolation and nurture health through counseling, groups, workshops, and volunteering. Counseling Request * Groups & Workshops

Why We Do It

Values
To Protect

We are connected with
the whole ecology. So
what feeds connection
also nourishes us.

UNDERSTANDING
SUPPORT
CONTACT

Threats
To Confront

As part of the ecology,
human life comes under
threat when these
connections unravel.

APATHY
NEGLECT
ISOLATION

Supports
To Gather

To overcome this threat,
we need a culture
that keeps us nourishing
these connections.

EMPATHY
ACCESS
CARE

Actions
To Take

To catalyze this
kind of culture,
The Relational Center
takes three actions.

SPREAD EMPATHY
INSPIRE LEADERSHIP
BUILD COMMUNITY

Our Get Empathy campaign spreads empathy through a peer education curriculum taught to students, teachers, mentors, and allies nationally. This campaign also inspires leadership among young people and builds community in schools and organizations devoted to youth development and citizen engagement.

Our Leadership Institute inspires leadership by teaching and coaching a variety of changemakers in mission-driven organizations internationally. The institute also spreads empathy through popular education and builds community by nurturing leadership circles and action networks.

Our Community Project in Los Angeles is designed to demonstrate that when we build community, we have more resources to draw upon when confronting threats to our values. The project also spreads empathy through healing support and inspires leadership by giving people opportunities to volunteer, share stories, and participate in social action.

Your Invitation To Take Action

Show us how you spread empathy, inspire leadership, and build community. Post a photo and comment to your Instagram account with hashtags: #spreadempathy  #inspireleadership  or #buildcommunity. Make sure to tag @relationalcenter or mention The Relational Center in your posts!!

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Meet Our Crew

Mark Fairfield, LCSW

Mark Fairfield, LCSW

Executive Director

Dan Fink, MA

Dan Fink, MA

Deputy Director

Amanda Morita, MA

Amanda Morita, MA

Director, Operations

Jami Winkel, LMFT

Jami Winkel, LMFT

Clinical Director

Gabrielle Zhuang, LCSW

Gabrielle Zhuang, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Kaitlin Dull, MSW

Kaitlin Dull, MSW

Community Engagement Specialist

Deborah Ullman, MA

Deborah Ullman, MA

Cape Cod Coordinator

Lisa Fisher, MSW

Lisa Fisher, MSW

President & Board Chair

Sara deLeeuw, MPA, MBA

Sara deLeeuw, MPA, MBA

Board Treasurer

Jill Sourial, MA

Jill Sourial, MA

Board Secretary

Amy Sandoz, MPA

Amy Sandoz, MPA

Board Member

Penny Timmons, LMFT

Penny Timmons, LMFT

Board Member

The Relational Center’s mission is to lead a shift to a culture that values empathy, diversity, and interdependence. We envision a world in which communities collaborate to practice mindful compassion, mutual support, and civic engagement.

The Relational Center is a 501c3 nonprofit community organization.

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