Course Specifics & Credit
It is proposed that graduate students registered for Therapeutic Use of Photography & Images in Social Work Practice (SOCW 500.NC1), offered as a hybrid during the summer, have the option to complete part of the course requirements by participating in a related block week seminar in Osnabruck, Germany. The block week seminar version of the phototherapy course takes a broader look at the use of photography and images in social work practice:
The Use of Photography as a Therapeutic, Empowerment &
Photography has long been perceived as an emotionally powerful means of expressing human experiences. This course explores the use of photography, images and snapshots in empowering others, generating personal insight, healing, and to stimulate social change. Using established, evidence based techniques, students learn to use tailored self-portraits to develop insight among individual clients, build resilience with affirmative photo-collages, and use Photovoice techniques to stimulate social change. Although the course is designed for those interested in the helping professions (e.g. social work, psychology, nursing), students form other disciplines also may benefit. No photographic skills or special equipment, other than a smartphone or tablet capable of taking pictures, is required.
Social Change Tool in the Helping Professions
In the 30 contact hours and assigned readings
, the seminar didactically and experientially covers the major areas of photography in social work: projective techniques, photo assignments, use of snapshots by others, personal photo collections, and photovoice. To sufficiently develop their phototherapy clinical skills and receive graduate credit, students will:
- Read all required readings from the graduate-level USI course;
- Serve as facilitators in clinical role-plays with German students, learning to “work the image” with their “clients,” modeling these skills to undergraduates;
- Attend the three phototherapy specific class sessions and complete related assignments (case analysis and photo treatment planning) for the USI class;
- Propose, implement and present a unique project using photo/image techniques on a social work related topic. Topics may focus on personal insight raised during the travel experience, a multi-cultural topic, or social problem, with original photographs taken during the trip. The presentation will be digital in nature, usually a narrated photo showing, videoed and uploaded to a private YouTube account for viewing by other students. Students will also submit a brief (5-7 pages) referenced paper detailing their project methods, findings and analysis. All projects will be reviewed and approved by myself.
Students must be a USI graduate social work student in good standing, registered for Therapeutic Use of Photography & Images in Social Work Practice (SOCW 500.NC1)
offered in the summer of 2017. I will select a total of 6-10 MSW students, a reasonable number to allow adequate interactions among the 12-20 German BSW students taking the seminar. Along with a standard application form, students will submit a one page essay detailing their interest in the course, Germany, anticipated benefits, and past travel experiences.