The Relational Center

Your friends at The Relational Center are concerned about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the risk that it poses to many of us. We are monitoring things daily and following all CDC and local government recommendations. We consider the safety and wellbeing of our community to be our top priority and we are also committed to providing support for our members during these anxiety provoking and uncertain times. Therefore, we will continue offering counseling services by phone or video, but we are postponing all in-house events and larger gatherings. This includes postponing the memorial for Dr Choi that was planned for this weekend. We will announce a new date for that, and all other events, when it feels safe to do so.

We want to acknowledge that many of the measures being taken to keep communities protected work directly against so much of what we value and know keeps us supported, happy, and well — relationships and community! The coming days and weeks may be further isolating, confusing, and difficult in a world that is already all of these things. We encourage you to engage with social connections mindfully during this time and to be creative in your reaches for nourishing support.

Here are some other COVID-19 resources and links that you may find useful:

 

To create an additional space for continued connection during these times of increased isolation we will be offering online video chat support groups starting next week. These groups are free and open to our members, volunteers, supporters, and the general public – anyone who could use a little connection and support. You are welcome to join and invite your friends and family as well. Spread the word!

More info and how to join: relationalcenter.org/onlinesupport

 

Who We Are

We exist 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.

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.