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Webinar: Caregiver Well-being in Mental and Behavioral Healthcare Environments

When: April 27, 2023
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

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

CEU forms available for download during webinar



Like nearly every industry, the COVID-19 pandemic brought forward a serious challenge for healthcare providers and the industry as a whole—maintaining adequate staffing. The sharp increase in the volume of patients and the economic ripples that impacted both staff and facilities greatly exacerbated a problem than had been growing even before 2020. This was especially true for mental and behavioral healthcare, where staffing shortages were apparent as early as 2016. 

Similar to the immense burden on general healthcare caused by the rapid explosion of COVID-19, the gradual emergence of a national behavioral health crisis was accelerated by the stress and complications associated with the pandemic. Coupled with the historical stigma and challenging nature of the work, staffing for behavioral healthcare is near to becoming a crisis of its own with a lack of care providers and high turnover rates.

This webinar will examine caregiver wellbeing in the context of the challenges and drivers creating this condition, and discuss criteria and design solutions that lead to improved staff satisfaction, easier staff recruitment and retention, and ultimately better patient outcomes. Case study examples will also be shared to highlight these challenges and solutions.

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Learning Objectives

  • Highlight the challenges for caregivers and facilities in mental and behavioral healthcare.
  • Describe the drivers behind these challenges.
  • Outline important design criteria for staff satisfaction and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrate proven environmental design strategies and tactics that improve caregiver wellbeing.  


Presenting Faculty

Arien S. Cartrette, AIA, Principal, architecture+

Arien Cartrette is an award-winning architect who combines his design sensibilities, technical expertise and humanity to create places of recovery. He approaches the design of psychiatric healthcare environments with innovative ideas and stigma-dissolving architectural design solutions. Arien’s versatility allows him to manage the programming, planning, and construction of varying mental health project types and scales throughout the country. He is adept at connecting with clients and constructors, facilitating collaboration and providing high-value results. Arien recently contributed to the 2022 FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities as a topic group member for behavioral health crisis units.