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Picturing Resilience Intervention (PRI)

Source(s):  Disaster and Community Crisis Center, the; University of Missouri (DCC)

The Picturing Resilience Intervention (PRI) is a group intervention designed to promote resilience and coping skills among youth following a disaster, community crisis, or other challenges resulting from the usual stresses of daily life. PRI blends Photovoice, a community participatory action method, with additional skill-building activities in order to enhance problem solving, coping, and self-expression in participating youth.

Participants are provided with cameras and instructions on basic photography and camera use. Then, five group sessions are conducted. Session topics include: Safety, challenges and stressors, strengths, coping skills, and resilience. During each session, a main topic is discussed and then followed by a skill-enhancing group activity and a photography homework activity. At the end of the group sessions, youth participants display their photography with accompanying written narratives in a final PRI exhibit.

The goals of PRI are to:

  • Promote resilience and empowerment
  • Foster healthy coping skills
  • Encourage peer support
  • Facilitate self-expression
  • Develop photography skills

The activity should be facilitated by two mental health professionals, teachers, or adult professionals with experience working with youth. A common training approach to facilitating PRI is for providers to read the manual and then obtain ongoing support and consultation from PRI specialists as needed.

Format

Format Games, Activities, Exercises
Sub-format Other
Number of pages/running time 60-90 minutes for each session (five total)

Target audiences

Primary

Group: Children

Sub-group: Primary school age (6-11 years)

Secondary

Group: Children

Sub-group: Secondary school age (12-18 years)

Educational usage

reading level Educational (primary reading level)
educational usage Extra-curricular/Informal
Extra Curricular Other - Any group environment

Additional information

Published in United States of America



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  • Year of publication 2016
  • Author(s) First, Jennifer; Mills-Sandoval, Toby; First, Nathan L.; Houston, J. Brian
  • Language(s) English
  • Price Free

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