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Workshop: Mind the Gap: Design for Behavioral & Mental Health in Much Needed Settings and Circumstances

When: May 19, 2022
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Virtual Workshop Hours: 

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific 
11:00 AM -  4:30 PM Eastern

4.5 CEUs


The mental health crisis in the US, and around the world continues to grow at alarming rates and is affecting individuals from all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic positions. These challenges reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into a myriad of care settings.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that the design of these settings reflect the complexities of care, are flexible to respond to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients.

To meet the increased demand for care, support improved care, and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of the environment's impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare settings.

This one-day virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for behavioral health care and health settings and offers state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies, and panel discussions. Attendees will have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.








Thanks to our Sponsor Partners:





Presenting Faculty

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Lynn Kenney, EDAC, SASHE 
Director of Industry Relations
The Center for Health Design





Opening Keynote Panel Discussion

Led by two architects, this esteemed panel of clinicians will talk about the current and future state of the practice in mental and behavioral healthcare and their implications for design. 

Senior Vice President
Cannon Design



Kayvan Madani Nejad, PhD, AIA 
Director, Senior Healthcare Architect
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CES | OFP | CFM 




Panel of Clinicians:
Robyn L. Cowperthwaite, MD
Director, Child & Adolescent Consultation Psychiatry Service
The Children’s Hospital
Division Chief for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University Of Oklahoma, College Of Medicine

Britta K. Ostermeyer, MD, MBA, DFAPA 
The Paul and Ruth Jonas Chair, Mental Health
Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine





Presentation — Revolutionary Residential Treatment: A Case Study

Hear about Eli’s Place, which is a farm-based residential treatment center helping adults age 18-35 with major mental health challenges. Designed to support purposeful living, Eli’s place is a caring and intentional environment. See how this intentionality can be applied to other settings.

Ellis Katsof
Principal, The Osborne Group
Consultant, Eli's Place





Presentation — The Intersection of Diagnosis, Dignity and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health Communities in Crisis

Kimberly N. McMurray, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, MBA
Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC




Dr. John Lovett, DSc 
Alabama State Director
Benchmark Human Services 





Presentation — Telepsychiatry: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis

In the wake of the Covid pandemic, telepsychiatry is on the rise and here to stay. Explore various telepsychiatry care delivery scenarios and the pros and cons for each. Examine design considerations and approaches with helpful tips throughout, along with case study examples. 

Anosha Zanjani, Associate AIA, B.Sc., M.S., M.Arch
Behavioral Health Design Specialist
HDR Inc.




Brian Giebink, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Behavioral Health Planner
HDR Inc.





Case Study - Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders

Explore evidence-based design approaches to designing for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a close look at the Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence for Autism and Developmental Disorders. This session will cover best practices, incorporating biophilic design, sustainability, and designing the “Autism Classroom of the Future”.


Jon Boyd, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
e4h Architecture





Presentation — Outside the Box Solutions to Difficult Challenges

Behavioral health is an area where vulnerable populations are often overlooked or misunderstood. This session offers examples of innovative treatment programs and environments and offers some out-of-the-box solutions to difficult challenges. 

Kevin Turner, AIA
Principal Architect
Human eXperience




Sherri Reyes, MA 
Principal & Behavioral Healthcare Consultant
Human eXperience




Observations and Wrap Up


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