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

Target audiences


Group: Children

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


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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