Confronting colorblindness in mental health through photovoice

Principal Investigator: Lorien S. Jordan, PhD., LMFT

THE PROJECT

This project aims to understand if photovoice, a participatory research method, can be used as an experiential learning activity to assist therapist-trainees critically reflect on colorblind racism.  We are looking for therapists-in-training*, who are interested in issues of social (in)justice to participate in this 8-week study.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Each week, participants will be asked to take photographs that illustrate their thoughts, experiences, and feelings in response to prompts provided by the research team. During the 8-week period, you can expect to meet as a cohort of six, and blog on your own.

During zoom meetings (90 - 120 mins each) we will critically-question, and identify both problems and assets, with a special focus on the idea of color blindness in education and mental health.  On the off weeks, you will blog on a private slack space, about photos you have taken through the week, based on specific prompts given to you by the researchers.

The dates of the study will occur during January - March, 2020. More information about specific dates can be found on the eligibility survey.

The process looks like this:

Week One: Pre-Session focus group (synchronous meeting on a saturday: 30 minutes)

  • Informed consent review

  • Introductions

  • Learn about Photovoice. Learn about representational and symbolic photos. Learn about the photo assignment and prepare to take photos during non-project time

  • Assign slack page, give first journal assignment

 

Week Two: Slack Journal Intersession 1 (asynchronous)

  • You will be given a prompt to take photos about.

  • Chose 2-3 photos to blog about, assign each photo a title or caption that reflects the meaning of the image, write a paragraph for each that critically reflects upon each photo

 

Week Three: Focus Group Session 1 (synchronous meeting on a saturday: 90 minutes)

  • Discuss at least one photo each in small groups or plenary. Discuss experiences, feelings. write a caption for at least one photo (per participant).

 

Week Four: Slack Journal Intersession 2 (asynchronous)

  • You will be given a prompt to take photos about.

  • Chose 2-3 photos to blog about, assign each photo a title or caption that reflects the meaning of the image, write a paragraph for each that critically reflects upon each photo

 

Week Five: Focus Group Session 2 (synchronous meeting on a saturday: 90 minutes)

  • Discuss at least one photo each in small groups or plenary. Discuss experiences, feelings. write a caption for at least one photo (per participant)

 

Week Six: Slack Journal Intersession 3 (asynchronous)

  • You will be given a prompt to take photos about.

  • Chose 2-3 photos to blog about, assign each photo a title or caption that reflects the meaning of the image, write a paragraph for each that critically reflects upon each photo

 

Week Seven: Focus Group Session 3 (synchronous meeting on a saturday: 90 minutes)

  • Discuss at least one photo each in small groups or plenary. Discuss experiences, feelings. write a caption for at least one photo (per participant).

 

Week Eight: Final interviews (To be scheduled, per participant schedule)

  • Debrief, discuss experiences

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This study has been approved by the University of Arkansas IRB (protocol 201129881). You may also contact the University of Arkansas Research Compliance office listed below if you have questions about your rights as a participant, or to discuss any concerns about, or problems with the research.
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​Ro Windwalker, CIP
Institutional Review Board Coordinator, Research Compliance
University of Arkansas
109 MLKG Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201
479-575-2208
irb@uark.edu