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C.O.V.A.'s PhotoVoice II: Voicing Our Individual and Collective Experience
C.O.V.A.'s PhotoVoice II: Voicing Our Individual and Collective Experience is a nine-week program that enables clients who are in recovery from mental illness and are at some point on the continuum of returning to work to create photo essays reflecting their recovery journey. This project has been found to compliment Puffin West's Mission. The participants will be taught how to use photography and digital imaging to tell their own stories. The group will then write explanatory narratives. PhotoVoice II will enable participants to see themselves and their recovery from a new perspective as well as learn new skills which can enhance their lives. PhotoVoice is an empowering tool, used internationally and was brought to Columbus after COVA (Center of Vocational Alternatives for Mental Health) learned about it at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. The final projects will be exhibited in at least five exhibitions with an opening reception in Fall 2012 and these exhibitions, which will give the public a view into mental health recovery, will also help confront the stigma associated with mental illness and foster individual reflection and community awareness.
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