Combating Prejudice and Discrimination through PhotoVoice Empowerment:
Leader’s Guide

Cheryl Gagne, Alexandra Bowers, Zlatka Russinova, Philippe Bloch, and
Sue McNamara

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Audience: Recommended for educators, students, practitioners, supervisors, trainers, and consumers—anyone interested in understanding and serving the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Valuable resource for
staff development and for classroom use in courses in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work.


As part of an effort to confront prejudice and discrimination, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is using PhotoVoice, an innovative participatory research tool that has become a powerful instrument for social justice to expose and combat prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviors in the lives of people who experience psychiatric disability.

As demonstrated from the images and narratives, PhotoVoice offers an innovative participatory strategy for including more people with mental illness in research, education, and advocacy projects. The PhotoVoice process lays out multiple stages for defining the goals of a project, anticipating an audience, taking pictures and telling stories about them, evaluation, and presentation.

This curriculum, consisting of a workbook and a leader’s guide on CD, has been developed and piloted through several rounds of classes. The workbook leads students through the PhotoVoice process step-by-step, while the leader’s guide provides comprehensive instruction in leading PhotoVoice workshops. This curriculum will ensure that this PhotoVoice intervention may be delivered easily at outpatient mental health and rehabilitation settings as well as peer-run programs and centers.

The video, Beyond the Shadow of Stigma, is available online at:

NOTE: The Leader’s Guide set includes a copy of the workbook.

Citation: Gagne, C., Bowers, A., Russinova, Z., Bloch, P., & McNamara, S. (2010). Combating prejudice and discrimination through PhotoVoice empowerment: Leader’s guide. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.


Combating Prejudice and Discrimination through PhotoVoice EmpowermentCitation: Gagne, C., Bowers, A., & Russinova, Z. (2010). Combating prejudice and discrimination through PhotoVoice empowerment: Workbook. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.




Product Details

Leader’s Guide

PDF: 68 Pages
Product Dimensions: 
8.5 x 11 inches


PDF: 38 Pages
Published: 2010
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
ISBN-13: 978-1-878512-45-1

Table of Contents

Sample Class/Group Outline
Ethical and Safety Guidelines for PhotoVoice
Photography Permission Form
Class 1: Overview of the PhotoVoice Class
Class 2: Stigma: Ignorance, Prejudice, Discrimination, and Mental Illness
Class 3: PhotoVoice and Photography
Class 4: Ignorance, Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Power of Stereotypes
Class 5: PhotoVoice Narratives
Class 6: Coping with Ignorance, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Class 7: Recognizing Our Strengths
Class 8: Planning Our PhotoVoice Exhibitions
Class 9: Putting It All Together
Class 10: Celebrating Our Work
PhotoVoice Training Self-Evaluation


Cheryl Gagne Cheryl Gagne, ScD, has been with the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation since 1988 when she joined the Supported Employment Research Project Team.  Since then she has worked in numerous research, training, and service projects at the Center.  Currently, Dr. Gagne is a senior training associate and spends her time training and consulting with mental health programs in the United States and internationally.  She is the associate director of the Services Division of the Center, which develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative services for people with psychiatric disabilities. She has developed many training programs and courses for mental health professionals and people who use mental health services. Since 1994, Dr. Gagne has taught the course, Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities, at Boston University.

Alexandra “Sasha” Bowers, MPh, MSW, worked as a Senior Program Specialist in the Recovery Center at Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She developed numerous presentations about the Recovery Center, working with young adults in the Jump Start program, and PhotoVoice. Ms. Bowers introduced us to the PhotoVoice research and encouraged the use of PhotoVoice at our Center.

Zlatka Russinova, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Russinova is a Principal Co-Investigator for the NIDRR funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2002-2012). She has served as the Principal Investigator for three projects examining employment issues among persons with psychiatric disabilities that have been funded as part of NIDRR’s Field Initiated Projects program. One of these projects was longitudinal study on sustained employment among persons with psychiatric disabilities. The second project examined the factors that determine the vocational recovery of persons with psychiatric disabilities and the third project explores the interrelationships between psychiatric stigma, disclosure at the workplace and vocational recovery. Dr. Russinova has served as Project Director on several research projects over the course of four consecutive NIDRR funded Research and Training Centers (RTC) on rehabilitation of people with long-term mental illness. Dr. Russinova is a clinical psychologist, who has had a Harvard Medical School academic appointment as a Clinical Fellow for several years.

Philippe P. Bloch, M.Ed., is employed as a Research Coordinator at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, having been promoted from his prior position of Research Assistant in November, 2002. His current responsibilities include the administration and coordination of a NIDRR-funded research project designed to evaluate the impact of psychiatric stigma at the workplace, as well as the development, implementation, and delivery of a peer-facilitated intervention intended to help psychiatric consumers cope with the effects of prejudice and discrimination. Mr. Bloch has also been involved in data collection and analysis for two other NIDRR-funded research studies, investigating sustained employment and vocational recovery for individuals who have experienced disabling psychiatric conditions. He has presented findings from his research at conferences on the national level and published in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Bloch served as a volunteer Research Assistant for Physicians for Human Rights, where he performed a policy analysis on medical neutrality during times of armed conflict. Mr. Bloch holds a Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University.

Sue McNamara Sue McNamara, MS, began her career in 1978 providing services for people with psychiatric disabilities in community programs, and in 1985 she began teaching the skills of psychiatric rehabilitation to providers in the mental health field. For 15 years, Ms. McNamara worked as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has co-authored several articles and curricula on psychiatric rehabilitation. Currently, Ms. McNamara is the Director of the Professional Development Program, which offers various options for continuing education through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She also works as the Product Specialist in the Publications Division at the Center and is involved in developing and marketing products, monitoring inventory and sales, and providing customer service.


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