Online Professional Development: Photovoice Research Methods (HI UCEDD/LEND)

May 7, 2018


Talking with Pictures: Photovoice

Learn about an innovative way to engage people with disabilities and others in health!

Instructor: Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd is an award-winning educator with international experience communicating with global audiences. A published author, she has used Photovoice to engage people with brain injury in health, healthcare, and policy. For more, go to

Registration Fee: $250 (Cancellation deadline: May 25, 2018)

Continuing Education (CE) fee: $50 (7.5 contact hours)

CE available for: Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Course Schedule (Online, Hawaii Standard Time)

  • Saturday, June 2:  8:00 - 10:00 AM Foundations of Photovoice
  • Sunday, June 3:  8:00 - 10:00 AM Photovoice Ethics
  • Wednesday, June 6:  4:00 - 5:30 PM Working with Photos & Captions
  • Saturday, June 9:  8:00 - 10:00 AM Reaching Audiences
  • Sunday, June 10:   8:00 - 9:30 AM Planning Your Photovoice Project or Activity


  • Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels)
  • Other audiences that will find this course useful:
  • Evaluators, researchers, rehabilitation clinicians
  • Activists, artists, and community organizations

Access for Individuals with Disabilities: The University of Hawaii and Commonwealth Education Seminars are committed to providing access to its programs for individuals with disabilities. For questions about course accessibility or to request a disability-related accommodation please contact Megan Conway at [email protected] or 808-956-6166. 

Grievance Policy: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Course Description

For 25 years, "Photovoice" has involved people with disabilities, patients, youth, families and communities in representing their lives, point of view, and experience using photos and captions. Photovoice is a participatory approach to communication about health, healthcare, and daily lives in clinical and other settings to encourage dialogue and mutual learning. Photovoice generates powerful data (photographs, captions)thatengage clients, clinicians, evaluators, and the public in identifying opportunities for change, fostering knowledge and awareness, and helping people to feel their 'voices' are heard.

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Training Certificate and have the knowledge, skills and tools to develop a Photovoice plan. The interactive online format provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe issues faced by people with disabilities, in particular from acquired brain injury and other disabilities affecting physical function, cognition and behavior, in their lives and communities.
  • List ways to engage individual clients and groups in a process of sharing experiences, lives, and expertise in clinical and other settings using Photovoice photographs and captions.
  • List the steps of the Photovoice method, and options for adapting each step to different types of clients/participants, clinical settings, and contexts.
  • Identify ethical issues around taking photographs in the community and strategies for ensuring the safety and confidentiality of patients/clients, clinical settings, programs, and communities.
  • Describe strategies for interpreting Photovoice data (photographs, captions), engaging potential audiences (peers, family, other clinicians, clinical and other settings), engaging clients/participants in the interpretation process, and identifying implications for clinical care, treatment plans, programming, and policy.
  • List strategies for sharing Photovoice learning outside the clinical or project setting that support empowerment of individual clients or groups and foster a sense of having a voice in their health, lives, and communities.
  • Plan a Photovoice project/activity with individual patients/clients or groups of youth, patients, people with disabilities (from brain injury or other disability affecting physical function, cognition and behavior.
  • Professional Statements (TBD) - will be provided once the course is approved.