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Behavioral Health Design Webinar Day, Webinar 1: Realizing the Benefits of a Human-Centered Approach in Behavioral Health

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View


1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


This webinar is the first of two webinars that are part of Behavioral Health Design Webinar Day. To buy a pass to both webinars, click here. 

Join us to hear that while an entrance can open to a world of effective mental health care for patients, the door, itself, can set a tone that either creates fear or comfort. Such non-linear connections between patient and the environment has the power to build a relationship that improves care delivery by meeting patients where they are and keeping them at the center of care. This session explores the strategies and cost implications of a human-centered approach to design that leverages tangible and intangible elements to strengthen staff-patient connections, facilitate innovations, and create a safer place for behavioral health care.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe a human-centered approach to behavioral/mental health environmental assessment.

  • Explain the relationship between a therapeutic and safe environment.

  • Identify environmental elements that can reduce patient stress and adversarial interactions.

  • Discuss how a human-centered approach can be applied across a spectrum of environments with various acuity levels and how those environments perform for safety and outcomes.


Presenting Faculty

Rick Dahl, AIA, Principal & Architect, BWBR 
Rick Dahl, AIA, a principal and architect at BWBR, guides health care organizations through a design process calibrated to find effective solutions for challenging situations. His work at BWBR includes leading project teams for the design of large and small health care facilities, including a focus on behavioral and mental health ranging from pediatric and adolescent health to adult treatment in acute and secure environments.



Scott Holmes, RA, ACHA, LEED® AP, Principal, BWBR
Scott Holmes, AIA, principal of medical planning at BWBR, leads user groups through planning and study sessions to create centers that are therapeutic, efficient, and intuitive for staff and patients. His interest in design and its impact on human behavior attracted him to work on the special needs of patients from adults to children seeking treatment in mental health units.