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Imagining Inclusion 2016

DigitalStorytelling

Protocol adapted from a Photovoice Research Project

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Digital Storytelling ProtocolOverview

GOALS

To provide a facilitated discussion of social issues that impact the lives of individuals with livedexperience of mental illness. To increase understanding of the experiences of individuals living with mental illness for participants themselves as well as service providers. To provide an opportunity for individuals with lived experience of mental illness to participate inidentifying midstream and upstream challenges.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING SESSION OVERVIEW

Session 1: Welcome & Introduction to the Project

Session 2: The Ethics of Photo Taking

Session 3: The Art of Photography: Taking Good and Effective Photos

Session 4: The Mechanics of Working a Camera

Sessions 5 8*: Photo Sharing and Reflection

Session 9: Catch-Up Week

Session 10: Celebration & Project Evaluation

*The number of photo sharing and reflection sessions may vary depending on the participants needs and the time available. Each photo sharing session will follow the same format as laid out in the plan for session #5. A list of potential photo taking questions has been provided below.

Alonso, M., Berg, A., Landy, A., Marin, N.D., McDonell, M., & Reid, C. (2016). Digital Storytelling in Community Mental Health. A Protocol for TherapeuticRecreation Professionals, funded by the Vancouver Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

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POTENTIAL QUESTIONS FOR PHOTO TAKING SESSIONS

The following questions were used in the Imagining Inclusion Research Project. You may want to adapt them.

What does community / communities mean to you?

What is your community / are your communities?

What does community outside the mental health system look like to you?

In your day-today life: What does community inclusion look like? What does health look like? What does well-being look like?

In your day-today life, what does your experience of: Social isolation look like? Social exclusion look like? Poverty look like? Stigma look like?

What does recovery mean to you?

What or who has/have played an important role in your recovery?

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FACILITATION TECHNIQUES Prefacing all photo presentations and discussions with two main ideas: (1) everyone has value and has something to contribute, and (2) people are motivated to participate, and will take away different things, from the project. Motivations include: learning to socialize and deal with difficult social groups, learning photography, doing something intellectually challenging, displaying their photography, get-ting out of the house, having something to do, etc.

Reminding all participants experiences both positive and negative are valid.

Redirecting at times participants may need some redirection to stay on topic or to help them articu-late their thoughts. It is important to validate what the participant is saying while also keeping the group on track. Some questions that may assist in redirecting the participant include What part of yourself do you see in this image? or Is this your lived experience?

Documenting to capture the meaning behind a participants photograph it may be prudent for facil-itators to write down key words or ideas while the participant is speaking. Participants should be made aware of the facilitators motives before the session so they do not feel self-conscious or as though they are being evaluated while presenting.

Debriefing some topics may bring up difficult emotions or memories for participants. Some partici-pants may require extra time to debrief directly after the photo discussion sessions or in the days follow-ing. The facilitator should be available to check in with participants after the session, and can coordinate a follow-up and extra supports.

Participants should be encouraged to comment on the meaning behind the photograph, not the photo itself. The purpose of Digital Storytelling is to engage in deeper discus-sion, not critique photography skills.

SESSION #1WELCOME & INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT

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TIME: 2 HOURS

Location:

OBJECTIVES: by the end of this session, participants will: Understand group norms and what makes group work a positive or negative experi-ence Develop a list of ground rules relating to participation in group Identify what community inclusion looks and feels like Have a basic understand-ing of the Digital Storytelling project and its purpose

TRAINING METHOD:

Materials: Handouts Power Point Slides White board forbrainstorming Dry erase markers and eraser Icebreaker Photographs Sign-Up Sheet & Name Tags Collage Materials (glue sticks, magazines, poster board, scissors) Participant Binders Laptop & Projector Refreshments & serveware

Preparation/Setup: Set up Projector Print & Copy Handouts Print Ice Breaker Photos Purchase/Collect Collage Materials Set Up Tables/Chairs in meeting room Set-Up Refreshments

PLAN:

Introduction, Guidelines & Orientation Welcome group members and introduce facilitators Discussion of Computer Lab rules (no food or drink) Information about sign-in sheet have members who have not already done so sign in and take a name tag Provide an overview of the session

ICEBREAKER:

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words Explain the purpose of the activity: to get to know other members of the group Participants are to think about how photos can convey messages Pass around photographs have each participant select one Each participant says their name and a few words about their photo and why they selected it Ask participants to say a few words about why they joined the project or what they hope to achieve through their involvement

DISCUSSION:

Group Norms Ask participants to discuss what makes group work a positive vs. negative experience record suggestions on flip chart paper Discuss a list of ground rules for group participation

Introduction Digital Storytelling What is Digital Storytelling? The photographers role as expert; potential to educate and inform others about important community issues; potential to influence public policy (Wang, 1999)

ACTIVITY:

Photo Collage: What does community inclusion feel like to you? Arrange participants into small groups (4 or fewer) Explain the purpose of the activity groups are to create a collage that answers the above question Distribute collage materials (glue, scissors, magazines, poster) Facilitator circulates and offers assistance where needed Group selects a spokesperson to introduce group members and describe different aspects of their collage

WRAP UP:

Address any outstanding questions, comments or concerns Distribute participant binders Ask participants to review all documents and come to next session with any questions Remind participants to bring binders to each session Thank you

OBJECTIVES:

SUPPLIES:

MY WISH FOR THIS PROJECT

PROCESS:

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS (SESSION #1)

Get to know each other Encourage participants to think about how photographs tell stories and send messages Provide opportunity for participants to begin thinking about ways they can voice their message through a photograph

Printed copies of photographs (e.g. nature, objects, sports, landmarks) - more than number of participants

Adapted from From Snapshot to Civic Action (2010) by Meredith Powers, Darcy Freedman, & Ronald Pitner http://ces4health.info/uploads/From Snapshot to Civic Ac-tion~A Photovoice Facilitators Manual.pdf

Everyone takes a turn to say their name and answer one of the following questions: Why have you decided to join this Digital Storytelling project? What do I hope to gain or achieve by the end of this project?

1. Pass around hard copies of photographs 2. Have each participant choose one and hold onto it. 3. Each participant takes a turn to say their name and a few sentences about the photograph, why they picked it, and what it says about them.

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GROUP WORK POSITIVE EXPERIENCE*

STRATEGIES FOR FOSTERING A POSITIVE GROUP EXPERIENCE

GROUP WORK NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE*

GROUP NORMS BRAINSTORMING (SESSION #1)

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GROUND RULES (SESSION #1)

Adapted from From Snapshot to Civic Action (2010) by Meredith Powers, Darcy Freedman, & Ronald Pitner http://ces4health.info/uploads/From Snapshot to Civic Ac-tion~A Photovoice Facilitators Manual.pdf

Confidentiality what is said here stays here

Punctuality please be on time

Attendance attend all meetings

Notify facilitators if you are unable to attend

Respect others

No chatting when others speak

One person talking at a time

Use respectful language

Listen respectfully to others opinions

Be respectful of differences in opinion

Cell phones on silence! (Use only if its an emergency.)

No texting

There are no stupid questions

Disputes can be worked out

Others?

A group discussion