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Webinar: Reducing Pediatric Mental Health Treatment Anxiety and Aggression Through Design

When: March 18, 2021
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


Design strategies focused on spatial and social density can have a profound impact on children and adolescents receiving mental health treatment. Tangible and intangible design elements that reduce patient stress and aggression strengthen the staff-patient connection to facilitate safer treatment and improve patient outcomes.

This webinar will share research and case studies that explore human-centered design as a tool to complement therapeutic protocols in reducing pediatric mental health patient stress and aggression to improve patient and staff safety.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify environmental features that induce stress and trigger patient aggression.
  • Describe how a human-centered design approach can improve safety and patient outcomes in inpatient mental health units.
  • Understand how design elements from nature, natural light, artwork, and density can be used to reduce stress.
  • Identify strategies that incorporate recreational features in the unit design and encourage patient movement.


Presenting Faculty

Scott Holmes, RA, ACHA, LEED AP, Principal, BWBR
Scott Holmes, medical planner and architect, has been involved in the design of mental health projects ranging from inpatient to residential to pediatric/adolescent care. A member of the editorial advisory board of Healthcare Design magazine, Scott is a leading advocate for the use of design as a tool to elevate the effectiveness of facilities influencing health and wellness. Among the projects he’s worked on include an adolescent/young adult center at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, the child/adolescent mental health unit at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, and the proposed Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center expansion in Wisconsin.


Melanie Baumhover, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, BWBR
Melanie Baumhover, an architect and principal, has focused on projects that have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of individuals, from specialized treatment facilities to social services centers. Her recent projects include the Minnesota Security Hospital, a mental health services master plan for Allina Unity Hospital, and work for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services for expansion services for three mental health treatment facilities.