Training, and Consulting
Laura S. Lorenz, PhD, MEd
As of: 01-26-2019
and Professional Development:
Dr Laura Lorenz facilitates Photovoice
trainings for medical schools, professional societies, community organizations,
government agencies, and others. She provides Photovoice professional
development for clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and managers. She
serves on dissertation committees for doctoral students using Photovoice and
other arts-based methods. Contact Laura to discuss Training/Professional
development course possibilities by clicking (here)
||Dr Laura Lorenz also offers the online
professional development course “Talking with Pictures: Photovoice” twice a year
through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies and
through Photovoice Worldwide. Continuing education contact hours are
information on the upcoming 'February 2019' course please click here.
Laura has served as a
consultant on Photovoice projects, for example to:
- Understand experiences of patients with
anxiety disorder who seek treatment in the emergency department for cardiac
- Provide a service learning opportunity for
college students using Photovoice to explore a career in elder services and
improve social integration of elders.
- Engage African immigrants in Greater
Boston in documenting and reducing HIV-related stigma.
- Evaluate state services for people with
Contact Laura to discuss consulting
possibilities by clicking (here).
Below are brief descriptions
of a sampling of trainings that Laura has facilitated. For more information please contact her at
email@example.com, or use our Online Contact form
Visit the Projects section of this website
here for examples of projects conducted using Photovoice.
‘Talking with Pictures’: Photovoice,
**Update: Due to popular demand a 2nd
(February-March 2019) class is being offered
(5 Sessions, 2 hours each). <--REGISTRATION OPEN!
This interactive online professional development course, based on
Laura’s award-winning workshop, provides hands-on experience with
adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation and
research. Readings, presentations and between-session assignments
support person-centered learning and provide hands-on experience working
with photos and text. By the end of this course, participants will have
a solid understanding of this popular approach to participatory health
and community assessment and engagement, its ethical considerations,
interpretation approaches and strategies for outreach. Participants will
leave the course with a plan for Photovoice implementation.
Comments from June 2018
“A fantastic introduction
to the methodology.” (Colombia)
practical, engaging, and supportive. It was great!” (University of
“I was energized and
loved every minute.” (St. Leo University)
“Fabulous course that I
would highly recommend!” (Boston College)
For more information
on this course or to register please click here
CEs: 10 Continuing Education Contact Hours (Social Workers), for more info please click (here).
Contact the instructor regarding CEs for other disciplines.
Photovoice: A Workshop (Broward County Children’s Services Council, Ft Lauderdale, FL)
Description: This one-day Photovoice training was intended to support the programming and grant-making activities of non-profit organizations receiving grants from the Broward County Children’s Services Council. This one-day, hands-on, interactive workshop explored the foundations and Photovoice and shared photos from three Photovoice projects led by Dr. Lorenz in the US and South Africa since 2001 – with teenage girls, youth living with HIV/AIDS, and adult brain injury survivors. The workshop was intended to provide a solid understanding of this popular approach to participatory health and community research and its potential applications to improve health and welfare of children, youth and families in Broward County.
Talking with Pictures: Concepts and Hands-on
Experience (AMERSA: Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse) 2010 and
Description: A facilitated 90-minute seminar for clinicians and researchers in substance abuse, this workshop briefly covered the foundations of Photovoice, provided examples of photos and captions from work with brain injury survivors and people living with HIV/AIDS, and provided hands-on experience with several Photovoice steps: (a) becoming a visual researcher, (b) discussing images and writing captions, and (c) developing project themes. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting the Photovoice methodology to participants’ clinical, education, research, service, and evaluation programs.
This seminar won the Best Workshop Award at AMERSA’s 2010 national meeting.
Visual Research Methods and the Study of Occupation (Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, or SSO:USA, Portland, Oregon) 2012
This institute covered the foundations of visual methods and provided hands-on, interactive experience with several visual research steps, with a particular focus on analyzing images and text and the use of theory for analysis purposes. The institute culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting visual methods of research to the study of occupation, and potential funding and publication opportunities for studies using visual research methods.
Engaging the Public in Health and Community: A Photovoice Workshop (Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska)
Description: This one-day workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice, a participatory action research process in which people represent their points of view and experience using photographs and captions. Purposes can include defining strengths and gaps in health and healthcare as they relate to participants’ daily lives. Workshop elements included: foundations of Photovoice, and hands-on experience with Photovoice steps, from becoming a visual researcher to ethical considerations, taking photographs, discussing images and writing captions, outreach, and options for analyzing photos and text. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on using Photovoice in remote/rural/health/healthcare research.
Photovoice Facilitator Workshop (Massachusetts
Systems Transformation Grant, UMASS Medical School) 2009
Description: This one-day workshop was intended to prepare staff and consultants responsible for leading five Photovoice projects throughout Massachusetts to understand the perspectives of people living with chronic conditions and disabilities on the long-term services and supports intended to support their health and quality of life. The workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice and the 5 Core Consumer Outcome domains of the MA Systems Transformation Grant, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).