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PhotoTherapy Group

A friend and former photographer Melissa Kay Cohen has started a Photo Therapy Group in New York City. I thought this might be useful/ helpful to some of us out here…

by Aaron Lee Fineman at 2006-02-04 16:29:35 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York City , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Wha’s a photo therapy group? I can imagine, but my thoughts tend to be fantastic rather than practical…


by [former member] | 05 Feb 2006 09:02 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
It is like Art Therapy but with Photography instead of Drawing / Painting / Sculpture.

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 05 Feb 2006 12:02 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I think we should all partecipate to the theraphy
“Photographers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdow”

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2006 04:02 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
I might tell "photographers on the verge of bankrupcy!!!!!" therapy might cheer up!!

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2006 06:02 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
good, healthy humor here …. i just love this thread. thanks guys

by G. Muj | 07 Feb 2006 06:02 | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
I have just started to work with a group of social workers here in New Orleans who are using photography as a therapy tool for children who are dealing with the affects of Hurricane Katrina. Right now the women who started the New Orleans Camera Project are paying out of their own pocket for disposable cameras for the kids. They could really use donated equipment of any kind. I am going to be posting a thread on this, but I would greatly appreciate it if photographers could pass the word around about the New Orleans Camera Project, and that we are in need of any old digital or even film cameras. Ultimately, we are hoping to have a show that will present New Orleans and the surrounding area as seen by the children who live there.

If you email me I we will get back to you with further information. Thanks in advance.

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2006 08:02 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
I have just started to work with a group of social workers here in New Orleans who are using photography as a therapy tool for children who are dealing with the affects of Hurricane Katrina. Right now the women who started the New Orleans Camera Project are paying out of their own pocket for disposable cameras for the kids. They could really use donated equipment of any kind. I am going to be posting a thread on this, but I would greatly appreciate it if photographers could pass the word around about the New Orleans Camera Project, and that we are in need of any old digital or even film cameras. Ultimately, we are hoping to have a show that will present New Orleans and the surrounding area as seen by the children who live there.

If you email me I we will get back to you with further information. Thanks in advance.

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2006 08:02 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
This is for Andy (though I also send a “hello” to Melissa Kay Cohen, who I mentored a bit a few years ago…). It’s great to see this group and discussion happening!! Andy there might be some useful information for you on the “PhotoTherapy Techniques in Counseling and Therapy” website, at: http://www.phototherapy-centre.com – There are a couple of places on that site where I think you could find and/or ask about other groups who have given cameras to kids for purposes of showing their own world to others directly, without the intervention of “adult translators”. These things have a history dating back a long way, but particularly stimulated when the photos by homeless children were shown/published as part of the “Shooting Back” project/book. There have been many others (“Shooting Back from the Rez” , and things like the AJA Project (www.ajaproject.org) – and “Youth in Focus” (www.youthinfocus.org) – and “PhotoVoice: Social Change Through Photography” (www.photovoice.com) – and “Picture This” and also “Picture Me” and many many others – ALL listed on the “Related Links” page of the site – and all of which use the process of providing cameras to people to amplify their visions and experience – and then things like were shown in the “Born into Brothels” film all of these things are projects all over the world where disadvantaged and disenfranchised people (adults as well as kids) have become empowered and strengthened their self-esteem, through taking control of how their lives are viewed by others – being able to speak directly for themselves, TO others, visually and emotionally in such a good way.

The website (www.phototherapy-centre.com) has some pages on it (button links along the left side of every page). I recommend you view these pages in particular: go to the “Who is Doing What, Where” page and look under the section of “Therapeutic Photography” (which is what this REALLY is (“PhotoTherapy” is not really the name for these processes — PhotoTherapy is using photographs DURING therapy; Therapeutic Photography is using photograps and photo-making AS being therapeutic for all involved, but the participants are not usually IN THERAPY while doing these things… Of course there is a blur of boundaries (these two categories are better explained at: www.phototherapy-centre.com/comparisons.htm if you want more details about their similarities an differences…).

Anyway… look on that page (WIDWW) and under the section for “Therapeutic Photography” and you will find many people doing work similar to what you are trying to do — perhaps if you email them they will have some helpful tips re: where they themselves got their cameras for use…

ALSO look on the “Related Links” page of the site to find more information about each of the groups I mentioned above (as well as about many other such groups; the list above is not the complete list on the site page!)…

ALSO, please go to the “PhotoTherapy and Therapeutic Photography Discussion Group” page of the site (or directly there, at: http://members.boardhost.com/phototherapy/ — and POST YOUR OWN MESSAGE THERE!! the group requires no membership; is free; and there are postings there from over a dozen countries, many of which are re: topics much as you wrote about here… and again, everyone on there is “discussing” so you are likely to get a few answers…

One more suggestion — contact the local Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, etc as well as local photo stores who might donate in exchange for being mentioned and thanked on whatever promo/publicity you do after your project is finished and you begin to use the results to educate others…

Hope all this helps and please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of any additional help! >>>Judy Weiser, Director, PhotoTherapy Centre, Vancouver Canada, 604-689-9709 - jweiser@phototherapy-centre.com - and good luck!!

by Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R. | 24 Feb 2006 11:02 (ed. Mar 30 2006) | Vancouver, Canada | | Report spam→
One more short message this time! ;) ……. I just wanted to make sure that people interested in this discussion about Therapeutic Photography are able to know about the “PhotoTherapy and Therapeutic Photography Discussion Group” page of the PhotoTherapy Techniques website at: http://www.phototherapy-centre.com (there’s a direct link on every page of the site, to the Discussion Group page itself — see the “buttons” on the left side of every page) – and that you know you are always welcome to post your own messages there. The group requires no membership; is free; and there are postings there from over a dozen countries, many of which are re: topics similar to the above – it is full of very interesting discussions (by photographers as well as therapists!) – have a visit and perhaps post a message or joing the discussions there!! Judy Weiser, Director, PhotoTherapy Centre, Vancouver Canada, 604-689-9709 (jweiser@phototherapy-centre.com) feedback always welcomed!

by Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R. | 24 Feb 2006 12:02 (ed. Mar 30 2006) | Vancouver, Canada | | Report spam→

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Aaron Lee Fineman, Photographer Aaron Lee Fineman
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Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R., Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R.
(Director, PhotoTherapy Centre)
Vancouver , Canada


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