PhotoVoice brings Artistic Healing

PhotoVoice2016 Rikky

PhotoVoice Brings Artistic Healing

Contra Costa's Office of Consumer Empowerment (OCE) provides a very powerful healing opportunity through PhotoVoice, a 10 week course for mental health consumers that utilizes artistic exploration and expression to encourage healing and recovery while examining mental health stigma, suffering, recovery, self-image, self-esteem, and hope. The course culminates in the PhotoVoice project, a framed piece of art that combines photography with poetry entitled "See Me For Whom I Am." Office of Consumer Empowerment has displayed the art in several galleries and showings, including at a recent special meeting of Contra Costa's Social Inclusion Committee. Hume Center is proud to have hosted PhotoVoice art on its walls and meeting rooms in Contra Costa since 2014 and prouder still to have hosted two PhotoVoice classes, once in Fall, 2015 and more recently in Spring, 2016.

Hume Center is very excited that Rikky Torres, a Peer Specialist in our Community Support Program East, completed facilitator training from OCE PhotoVoice coordinator Jonathan San Juan and is now approved to offer the course himself at Hume Center. So look for more PhotoVoice opportunities coming soon in Contra Costa! Rikky is pictured above on the left next to his PhotoVoice project and Jonathan San Juan at a recent art showing.


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