Our History

The Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) was founded in 1981 at Wellesley College, with Jean Baker Miller, M.D. as the founding director, dedicated to the prevention of psychological problems, the enhancement of psychological well-being, and understanding comprehensive human development. Founded with a generous grant from Grace W. and Robert S. Stone, the mission was carried out through education, research, and community outreach. Particular attention was paid to the experiences of women, children, and families. Over the years, innovative theoretical work and model programs were developed, including Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) (initially known as the Stone Center Model).

RCT continued to be developed collaboratively by Jean Baker Miller, M.D., Judith V. Jordan, Ph.D., Irene Stiver, Ph.D., and Janet Surrey, Ph.D. who had begun meeting twice a month in 1977. This group, later named the Stone Center Theory Group, and then the Founding Scholars, was trying to break free from what they felt were the damaging effects for women of traditional therapy. The found an institutional home when the Stone Center was established. By then they were writing papers and presenting at conferences; they were literally coming into voice.

In 1995 the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) was created as a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), the single organization establshed when the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at Wellesley College and the Center for Research on Women (founded in 1974) joined together.

Jean Baker Miller Institute Timeline

1976 - Jean Baker Miller, M.D. publishes the first edition of Toward a New Psychology of Women in the United States and England. The book is then published in Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Israel, Japan, and Brazil.

1977 - Jean Baker Miller, Janet Surry, Irene Stiver, and Judith Jordan begin meeting twice a month.

1980 - Jean Baker Miller receives the Distinguished Career Award from the Association of Women in Psychology.

1981 - Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is founded with a generous grant from Grace W. and Robert S. Stone. ~ Jean Baker Miller is named the founding director of the Stone Center. The Stone Center’s monthly Colloquium Series and Saturday Workshops begin. ~ Members of the bi-monthly meetings are formally named the Stone Center Theory Group (who are later named the Founding Scholars).

1982 - The first Stone Center Working Paper, "Women and Power: Some Psychological Dimensions," by Jean Baker Miller is published. ~ Dr. Miller receives the Allied Professional Award for Outstanding Contributions ot the Advancement of Psychology from the Massachusetts Psychological Association. ~ She is also presented with the Woman of the Year Award in Health and Medicine from the National Organization of Women, Massachusetts Chapter.

1986 - Jean Baker Miller is named The Stone Center's director of education.

1987 - A second edition of Toward a New Psychology of Women is published with a new forward by Jean Baker Miller.

1991 - The Stone Center celebrates its Tenth Anniversary.Women's Growth in Connection: Writings from the Stone Center edited by Judith V. Jordan, Alexandra G. Kaplan, Jean Baker Miller and Irene P. Stiver is published.

1993 - The first "Learning from Women" conference is held in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital.

1995 - The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute is formed, and Jean Baker Miller is named the first director. ~ The Colloquium Series is renamed Conversation/Colloquium Series and Saturday Workshops are renamed Clinical Dialogues on Relational Therapy.

1996 - The first Basic and Advanced Training Institutes are held in the summer at Wellesley College.

1997 - The Healing Connection: How Women Form Connections Both in Therapy and in Life edited by Irene P. Stiver and Jean Baker Miller and Women's Growth in Diversity: More Writings from the Stone Center edited by Judith V. Jordan are published. ~ Dr. Jordan receives the Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology as a Science and Profession from the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

1998 - The Mothers-Sons Project is formed by Cate Dooley, M.S. and Nikki Fedele, Ph.D.

1999 - Maureen Walker, Ph.D. publishes the Work in Progress, "Race, Self, and Society: Relational Challenges in a Culture of Disconnection."

2001 - The Working Connections Project is created in conjunction with the publishing of Joyce Fletcher's book, Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at Work. ~ Amy Banks, M.D. publishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Relationships and Brain Chemistry with the Victims of Violence Program.

2002 - Judith V. Jordan receives the Special Award of the Feminist Therapy Institute "in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of feminist psychology."

2003 - The 100th Work in Progress paper, "Telling the Truth About Power," by Jean Baker Miller is published.

2004 - The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Stone Center's Jean Baker Miller Institute edited by Judith V. Jordan, Maureen Walker, and Linda Hartling and How Connections Heal: Stories from Relational-Cultural Therapy edited by Maureen Walker and Wendy Rosen are published.

2006 - Founding Scholar Judith V. Jordan is named director of JBMTI.

2007This Changes Everything: The Relational Revolution in Psychology by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Christina Robb, highlighting the work of Jean Baker Miller and JBMTI, is published.

2009 - Judith V. Jordan publishes The Power of Connection: Recent Developments in Relational-Cultural Theory. Dr. Jordan speaks on a panel with His Holiness The Dalai Lama at Harvard Medical School entitled "Meditation and Psychotherapy: Developing Wisdom and Compassion."

2010 - The American Psychological Association (APA) presents Judith V. Jordan with the Distinguished Psychologist Award "in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and significant lifetime contributions to the field of psychotherapy." ~ Dr. Jordan publishes Relational-Cultural Therapy as part of American Psychological Association's Theories of Psychotherapy Series. Dr. Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., series co-editor, names RCT "one of the ten most imporant theories today."

2011 - The Miller Family Social Action Project is created to further Jean Baker Miller’s vision of social change through the work of the Jean Baker Miller Institute. ~ The 35th Anniversary of Toward a New Psychology of Women first edition publication: more than 200,000 copies sold. The book has been translated into 20 languages, published in 12 countries, and cited in over 3,000 books, journal articles, and dissertations.

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