ERIC Number: ED194840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-2
Reference Count: 0
Creative Photography and Self Expression: Groups at Nineteenth Ward Youth Project.
This paper presents an inner-city youth project designed by a community mental health center serving the greater Rochester, New York area. The counseling strategy used in the project, an integration of photography with group discussion, values clarification, art, and creative writing, is designed to: (1) help children gain self-confidence through the mastery of basic photographic skills and practice in written and visual communication; (2) provide an environment conducive to the sharing of feelings whose expression may be unacceptable in other settings; (3) foster trusting, honest relationships among group participants; (4) provide feedback to the children about how others view them; and (5) offer options for behavioral change. The referral system through which the youths were identified and the counseling groups set up is described. The components of the group meetings, i.e., photography or written exercise, discussion, and play, are placed within a philosophical framework emphasizing the importance of creative activity and group discussion in helping children to structure, focus, and work through their feelings. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).