Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Combating Prejudice and Discrimination through Photovoice Empowerment

Cheryl Gagne, Alexandra Bowers, Philippe Bloch, Kathy Furlong-Norman, Sue McNamara, and Zlatka Russinova

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Curriculum / Workbook (PDF)


Was: $44.95

Combating Prejudice and Discrimination through Photovoice Empowerment

Cheryl Gagne, Alexandra Bowers, Philippe Bloch, Kathy Furlong-Norman, Sue McNamara, and Zlatka Russinova


Was: $44.95


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.

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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, 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., Bloch, P., Furlong-Norman, K., McNamara, S., & Russinova, Z. (2019). Combating prejudice and discrimination through Photovoice empowerment (Second Edition). Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

Leader’s Guide

PDF file: 108 pages
Published: 2019
ISBN: 978-1-878512-73-4


PDF file: 44 pages
Published: 2019
ISBN: 978-1-878512-72-7

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Sample Class/Group Outline
  • Class 1: Overview of the Photovoice Class
  • Class 2: Nature of Stigma: Ignorance, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Class 3: Stages and Process of Photovoice
  • Class 4: Power of Language and Stereotypes
  • Class 5: Development of Photovoice Narratives
  • Class 6: Coping with Ignorance, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Class 7: Identifying Strengths and Resources
  • Class 8: Planning Photovoice Exhibits
  • Class 9: Integrating Strengths and Vulnerabilities
  • Class 10: Celebrating Our Photovoice Work and Process
  • Appendices


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Cheryl Gagne, ScD

Dr. Gagne worked in numerous research, training, and service projects at the Center. Dr. Gagne was a senior training associate and spent her time training and consulting with mental health programs in the United States and internationally. She was the associate director of the Services Division of the Center, which develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative services for people with psychiatric disabilities. She developed many training programs and courses for mental health professionals and people who use mental health services.

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Alexandra “Sasha” Bowers, MPh, MSW

Ms. Bowers 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.

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Philippe Bloch, MEd

Mr. Bloch is Senior Research Coordinator at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University. As an almost 20-year member of the Research Division, he assists Principal Investigators with study management tasks that include a wide range of responsibilities. Mr. Bloch has helped develop curricula that have served as the primary intervention for a number of studies. Specific areas of interest include prejudice and discrimination related to mental illness, vocational recovery, empowerment of marginalized populations, and the photovoice participatory action methodology. Mr. Bloch considers principles of human rights, civil liberties, and social justice to be the foundational basis for his work in the field.

Kathleen Furlong-Norman, M.Ed, MSW

Ms. Furlong-Norman was the Managing Editor of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and Assistant Director of Publications at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Ms. Furlong-Norman joined the Center in 1983 and managed dissemination activities for a national research and training center including: editing and publishing resource materials related to a broad range of topical areas and networking with national organizations and associations to disseminate research findings, state-of-the-art information, and technologies. Ms. Furlong-Norman has directed RTC projects focused on enhancing supported education services for students experiencing psychiatric disabilities and conducted a national survey of policies and practices that promote recovery-oriented services in state mental health systems nationwide. Additionally, Ms. Furlong-Norman received her MSW at Boston University and provides clinical services in hospice care settings.

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Sue McNamara, MS

Ms. McNamara 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. She created the Professional Development Program, which offers various options for continuing education through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Currently, Ms. McNamara works as the Product Specialist in the Training Division at the Center.

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Zlatka Russinova, PhD

Dr. Russinova is the Director of Research at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has directed several research projects exploring diverse aspects of recovery from psychiatric disabilities, including examining the patterns and determinants of vocational recovery, the role of spirituality and alternative therapies, and the measurement of mental health practitioners’ recovery-promoting competence. She has also pioneered a novel approach of using Photovoice methodology as part of psychosocial interventions targeting the reduction of personal stigma, community participation and vocational empowerment.


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