Session: Conducting Photovoice with Young People (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

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67 Conducting Photovoice with Young People

Friday, January 13, 2023: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Maryvale B, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Cluster: Communities and Neighborhoods
Lin Fang, PhD, University of Toronto
Lin Fang, PhD, University of Toronto, Ruth Wilson, MSW, University of Toronto and Maria Al-Raes, MA, University of Toronto
Photovoice, an arts-informed, participatory research method, has garnered greater interest from the social work community in recent years. In photovoice, participants learn photography and are enabled to share their perspectives on community issues, concerns, and strengths through their constructions of photos. The process of unpacking these photos with study participants allows critical dialogues and meaningful actions to occur, which can lead to concrete actions such as program and policy changes. Photovoice is particularly suitable to engage young people with research, as it provides a creative space and opportunity for them to actively get involved in investigating issues that matter to them and to the community.

This 90-minute workshop will start with an introduction to photovoice, followed by a delineation of general steps of conducting photovoice, including building a strong relationship with all involved stakeholders, defining goals and the scope of the project, developing a curriculum, recruiting key personnel such as facilitators and a photographer, recruiting participants, implementing the curriculum, creating space for participants to process the photos and engage in dialogue and generating action items. Ways to analyze the photo data, including the SHOWeD method (Wong, 1997), will be discussed at the workshop. The presenters will provide examples from their work with youth from different marginalized communities to illustrate these steps.

The workshop will end with a discussion of unique challenges in relation to conducting photovoice with young people in today's digital environment and ways to navigate these challenges. Presenters will discuss how to facilitate conversations with young people around safety and ethical concerns related to phototaking and photovoice in general. The workshop will also cover the logistics of conducting photovoice on-site and remotely, adapting the project curriculum for online delivery, and integrating photovoice with social media. Issues related to encouraging ongoing active participation from young people, participant recruitment and retainment, choice of the photo-taking equipment, and choice of curriculum formats will also be addressed.

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