Training and Consulting
Laura S. Lorenz, PhD, MEd and Stephanie Lloyd, MA
As of: 3-07-2020

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Training and Professional Development:  (Online, Groups/Organizations, Personalized)  


Our Team - facilitates Photovoice trainings for medical schools, professional societies, community organizations, government agencies, and others. Laura provides Photovoice professional development for clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and managers. Dr Lorenz and Dr Screnci serve on dissertation committees for doctoral students using Photovoice and other arts-based methods.

Contact Laura to discuss Training/Professional development course possibilities at or visit our Contacts page (here).
Laura and Stephanie also offer the online professional development course 'Talking with Pictures: Photovoice' through Photovoice Worldwide, CEs Continuing education contact hours are available. For information please see the Current Upcoming Trainings Courses: below.


   Our Team has served as consultants on Photovoice projects, for example to:

  • Understand experiences of patients with anxiety disorder who seek cardiac care in the emergency department.
  • Mentor a K23 career development grantee to plan, conduct, and analyze data from a Photovoice project to understand perspectives of minority patients diagnosed with lupus on the social determinants of their health
  • Provide a service learning opportunity for college students using Photovoice to explore a career in elder services and improve social integration of elders.
  • Engage African immigrants in Greater Boston in documenting and reducing HIV-related stigma.
  • Evaluate state services for people with disabilities.

   Contact Laura to discuss consulting possibilities at or visit our Contacts page (here).

Current/Upcoming Training Courses:

'Talking with Pictures':  Photovoice Course - Online with Dr. Laura Lorenz and Stephanie Lloyd.

In 2019 we had 98 participants from 14 countries and 26 US states !

PhotovoiceWorldwide, focused on the use of Photovoice in health and healthcare since 2002.

Learn about an innovative way to engage patients and the public in health!

This non-credit, online professional development course provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research. Upon completion, participants will have the knowledge, skills and tools to implement their Photovoice Plan. For 25 years, “Photovoice” has involved patients, youth, families and communities in exploring personal and public health. Photovoice generates powerful data (photos, captions) that help unite service providers, payers, and patients to address health and healthcare as shared endeavors. Photovoice is an innovative approach of value to organizations, patients, providers, policymakers, researchers, and communities. The interactive online format provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research.

New Spring 2020 Classes  February 4 - 13, 2020 Enrollment - Filled, and March 9 - 23, 2020 Enrollment - Filled.    
5-Online sessions, 2 hours each. Look for new course dates coming !

CEs Available:  10 Continuing Education Contact Hours (Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers), for more info please click (here), contact the instructor regarding CEs for other disciplines.

Comments from course participants:  (sampling)

  •    “A fantastic introduction to the methodology.” (Colombia)

  •    “Well designed, practical, engaging, and supportive. It was great!” (University of Minnesota)

  •    “I was energized and loved every minute.” (St. Leo University)

  •    “Fabulous course that I would highly recommend!” (Boston College)

 If the course dates above have filled up not to worry, new course dates are always being considered. To be informed about additional upcoming class dates, be added to a waiting list, and receive email updates please contact Dr. Laura Lorenz at or visit our Contacts page (here).  -Thank You !

For more information about this course, testimonials, or to register please click here
, or the course title above.

'Deep Seeing': The Power of Visual Communication Course  - Online with Dr. Domenic Screnci. 

This interactive, online professional development course will prepare participants to take photographs that communicate meaningful messages with power. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to share their visual communication knowledge and skills with their photovoice participants, patients, co-workers and organizations.

Description: 'Deep Seeing’ means the ability to ‘read’, decode, interpret, create, question, challenge and evaluate visual information, as we do text. ‘Deep seeing’ – or being visually literate -- means recognizing intentional and hidden meanings in photographs of our lives, work, and environment. It means supporting photovoice participants in creating powerful photographs and interpreting them for others. It means better outreach and advocacy with peers, clinicians, community members, and policymakers...

New 2020 Course - Look for new course dates later this year)  Enrollment - Forthcoming !
5-Online sessions, 2 hours each.

For more information about this course, testimonials, or to register please click here , or the course title above.

To be informed about upcoming class dates, be added to a waiting list, and receive email updates please contact Dr. Laura Lorenz at or visit our Contacts page (here).  -Thank You !

Training Examples:

Below are brief descriptions of a 'sampling' of trainings that Laura has facilitated. For more information please contact her at, or use our Online Contact form here.  Visit the 'Projects Section' of this website for examples of projects conducted using Photovoice.

bullet ‘Talking with Pictures’: Photovoice (United Way of Broward County, Ft Lauderdale, FL)  2019  

Description: Laura and Stephanie recently facilitated ‘Talking with Pictures’: Photovoice for 11 staff members of United Way of Broward County and affiliated organizations. Course content was adapted to UWBC needs and interests, with the addition of Photovoice examples relevant to their work, for example disaster reduction, school safety, and experiences of LGBTQ youth with bullying. United Way of Broward County plans to use Photovoice with a range of programs and participants to create consumer engagement and develop new ways of doing their work.

bullet Photovoice: A Workshop (Broward County Children’s Services Council, Ft Lauderdale, FL)  2016

Description: This one-day Photovoice training was intended to support the programming and grant-making activities of non-profit organizations receiving grants from the Broward County Children’s Services Council. This one-day, hands-on, interactive workshop explored the foundations and Photovoice and shared photos from three Photovoice projects led by Dr. Lorenz in the US and South Africa since 2001 – with teenage girls, youth living with HIV/AIDS, and adult brain injury survivors. The workshop was intended to provide a solid understanding of this popular approach to participatory health and community research and its potential applications to improve health and welfare of children, youth and families in Broward County.

bullet Talking with Pictures: Concepts and Hands-on Experience (AMERSA: Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse)  2010 and 2011   

Description: A facilitated 90-minute seminar for clinicians and researchers in substance abuse, this workshop briefly covered the foundations of Photovoice, provided examples of photos and captions from work with brain injury survivors and people living with HIV/AIDS, and provided hands-on experience with several Photovoice steps: (a) becoming a visual researcher, (b) discussing images and writing captions, and (c) developing project themes. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting the Photovoice methodology to participants’ clinical, education, research, service, and evaluation programs.

*This seminar won the 'Best Workshop Award' at AMERSA’s 2010 national meeting.

bullet Visual Research Methods and the Study of Occupation (Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, or SSO:USA, Portland, Oregon)  2012

Description: This institute covered the foundations of visual methods and provided hands-on, interactive experience with several visual research steps, with a particular focus on analyzing images and text and the use of theory for analysis purposes. The institute culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting visual methods of research to the study of occupation, and potential funding and publication opportunities for studies using visual research methods.

bullet Engaging the Public in Health and Community: A Photovoice Workshop (Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska)  2010  

Description: This one-day workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice, a participatory action research process in which people represent their points of view and experience using photographs and captions. Purposes can include defining strengths and gaps in health and healthcare as they relate to participants’ daily lives. Workshop elements included: foundations of Photovoice, and hands-on experience with Photovoice steps, from becoming a visual researcher to ethical considerations, taking photographs, discussing images and writing captions, outreach, and options for analyzing photos and text. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on using Photovoice in remote/rural/health/healthcare research.

bullet Photovoice Facilitator Workshop (Massachusetts Systems Transformation Grant, UMASS Medical School)  2009 

Description: This one-day workshop was intended to prepare staff and consultants responsible for leading five Photovoice projects throughout Massachusetts to understand the perspectives of people living with chronic conditions and disabilities on the long-term services and supports intended to support their health and quality of life. The workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice and the 5 Core Consumer Outcome domains of the MA Systems Transformation Grant, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).


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