Design for Mental and Behavioral Health

Learn how effectively designed environmental features can serve vulnerable communities.

Description: 

The physical environment's impact on the human experience is increasingly evident among all populations, but the benefits and risks are particularly evident with patients in mental health facilities.

Take a deep dive into the latest insights through this session examining recent research findings. Discussion will center on a study designed to evaluate the importance and effectiveness of specific environmental features—and to generate design guidelines from that investigation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of the context for supporting private patient rooms, positive distraction, and aesthetics, and learn how your work can serve vulnerable communities.

Learning objectives

  • Review research on mental and behavioral health facilities in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Learn to access data evaluating the importance and presence of specific environmental features in mental and behavioral health facilities.
  • Become acquainted with a pre-tested survey tool for evaluating mental and behavioral health facilities.
  • Gain insight into pressing issues in mental and behavioral health design, and use this information to set priorities where constructions budgets are limited.
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$40 non-member
$25 member
1.25 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA

Instructors

  • Francis Pitts

    FAIA, FACHA, OAA

    Principal / architecture+

    Francis Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA is the founding partner and President of architecture+. His...
  • Mardelle M. Shepley

    D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA

    Chair / Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

    Mardelle Shepley, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA, is chair of the Department of Design and Environmental...
  • Angela E. Watson

    AIA

    Principal / Shepley Bulfinch Architects

    Angela Watson, AIA is a principal at Shepley Bulfinch Architects, specializing in health facility...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:15

Passing Score: 80% on quiz