Friday Forum – Taking Pictures and Telling Our Story

POTAC and Dominican University of California present

Taking Pictures and Telling Our Story: Using Photovoice Methodology in Community Mental Health

with Lynne Andonian, MID, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San José State University

Date: Friday, February 29, 2008

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Location: Library, Rm. 207, Dominican University of California, San Rafael


Photovoice is a participatory action research method in which participants describe their experience or answer a question through taking photographs and then describing them. The photos and narrative descriptive data are analyzed using qualitative processes such as thematic analysis. The action portion of photovoice occurs through sharing the images and descriptions with health care providers, funders, or policy makers to enact change that will respond to the concerns revealed in the photovoice process. Photovoice is particularly well suited to questions related to needs assessment and evaluation.

This presentation will review findings of current research which use photovoice to explore community access and participation for clients with severe mental illness living in the community in the San Jose, CA area. Lynne will discuss photovoice methodology including photographic consent issues, focus groups, and individual interviews. Participants will utilize hands-on activities to explore photovoice techniques, and a reference list will be provided.

For additional descriptions on the uses of Photovoice techniques see:

Price: $10 for POTAC members; $15 for nonmembers; students are free. You may pay at the door. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs.

A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship

To reserve a space, please RSVP to Jane Dressler by February 25, 2008 (or call 415-458-3769).

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