Miller Family Social Action Project

Project Mission

The Miller FamilyThe Miller Family Social Action Project was a program of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute that sought to address social problems resulting from inequitable power arrangements in contemporary culture. Using the precepts of the Relational-Cultural Theory as our guiding philosophy, the Project members worked in collaboration with diverse groups and individuals to develop programs that promote reconciliation, shared power, and mutual respect across culturally stratified relationships.

This mission was carried out in three domains of activity: training and dialogue; direct engagement and collaboration; and thought leadership. Initiatives include:
    • Thought Leadership JBMTI Faculty were featured speakers and contributors at International Conference: A Relational-Cultural Approach to Address Violence Against Women and Children-Human Trafficking, organized by Connie Gunderson, a long-time RCT practitioner in Europe. Governmental leaders, academics, and service providers came together to discuss Relational-Cultural Theory and practice-oriented approaches to trafficking and violence prevention and policies. The conference, in April 2012 in Hildesheim, Germany, was sponsored by HAWK University of Applied Sciences, the Center for Interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies, and the European Union Information Center.


    • Direct Engagement We collaborated with Project Hope, a non-profit organization for homelessness prevention and intervention in Roxbury, MA to create a documentary featuring JBMTI Faculty discussing successful outcomes of RCT leadership principles. Project Hope will also pilot a curriculum we are writing that provides guidelines for implementing mutuality and RCT leadership practices in work settings.