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WORKSHOP | Behavioral and Mental Health: Design to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

When: September 28, 2023
Time: 9:00am Central
Where: Minneapolis, MN United States
What: Agenda
Price: $495 full rate; See below for Affiliate discounts
  • Workshop Hours: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM CT
  • 6.5 AIA/EDAC continuing education units
  • To become an event sponsor/partner, contact Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org (541) 965-1922


Who Should Attend

This unique experience is ideal for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities.


Presenting Faculty

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design




Opening Keynote Presentation

What makes a healing space accessible for today and relevant for tomorrow? Hear Keith Novenski discuss the inter-connection between design spaces and mental and physical wellbeing. He will share what he's learned from his experience in redesigning healing spaces that honor culture, community and whole-person care, and encourage us to design with logic and heart. 

Keith Novenski
Healing Spaces Specialist
Indigenous Pact PBC, Inc.




Behavioral and Mental Health Panel Discussion 

Kick off the day with a lively panel discussion between the presenting faculty. They will identify major themes and key concepts that will be discussed in-depth throughout the day and set the stage for an interactive experience between workshop presenters and attendees.

Senior Vice President




Research Matters – Architectural Design Qualities of an Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital to Benefit Patients and Staff

The Center's Vice President for Research Ellen Taylor will present a quick snapshot of recent and noteworthy behavioral health design research.

Melissa Piatkowski, MS, EDAC
Research Associate
The Center for Health Design




Presentation – Understanding Operational Factors in Behavioral Healthcare: The Impact of Design on Staff Efficiency and Effectiveness

Behavioral health has a bad reputation for being unprofitable. Low reimbursables are the obvious culprit, but design is another significant driver. This presentation will demonstrate examples of design decisions that force providers to choose between good care and financial viability, and an action plan to design spaces that are optimized for operational efficiency and therapeutic effectiveness.

Kevin Turner, AIA
Principal Architect
Human eXperience




Sarah Rolfvondenbaumen
Behavioral Health Consultant and Architect
Human eXperience




Research Matters – Promoting Mental Health Recovery by Design: Physical, Procedural, and Relational Security in the Context of the Mental Health Built Environment

The Center's Research Associate Yolanda Keys will present a quick snapshot of recent and noteworthy behavioral health design research.

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design




Facilitated Discussion/Group Work

Roll up your sleeves and join the rest of the attendees for an interactive experience that explores common issues and experiences surrounding mental and behavioral health. Think outside the box as you and fellow attendees consider the implications for care settings and identify potential innovative design solutions.


Presentation – Mental & Behavioral Health from the Aging Perspective: Evaluating Data & Intentional Usage

Working with those who have severe and chronic mental health diagnoses or are progressed in their dementia can be a challenge for even the most seasoned team. Hear how Byron Wellness Community works with efficiency and effectiveness in mind to ensure the highest care is provided to support this population and those living with atypical behaviors.

Deb Lambert HFA, MS
President & CEO
Byron Wellness Community




Sarah Starcher, HFA, MBA
Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director
Byron Wellness Community




Case Studies – Behavioral and Mental Health Projects in Canada

Michele Cohen, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, M.Arch
Principal, Health Sciences, Canada




Research Matters – The Meaning of the Physical Environment in Child and Adolescent Therapy: A Qualitative Study of the Outdoor Care Retreat

The Center's Research Associate Melissa Piatkowski will present a quick snapshot of recent and noteworthy behavioral health design research.

Yolanda Keys, PhD, DHA, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC
Research Associate
The Center for Health Design




Case Study – Renovation of a 1950's Neuropsych Hospital and Academic Medical Center

Hear how a mid-20th century hospital and academic center was dramatically transformed to meet the needs of today’s mental and behavioral health, patients, family and staff. Highlights include service to specialty populations (pediatrics, aging populations and comorbidities), a new ED and the challenges of providing safe and healthy access to the outside in an urban setting.

Terri Zborowsky, PhD, RN, EDAC, CPXP
Evidence-based Design Researcher




Suzanne Kiely
Project Manager
UCLA Health, Planning Design and Construction and Real Estate





Concluding Panel Discussion

Join workshop panel speakers as they identify overall themes, key concepts, and next steps with a final Q&A.


Final Words

Wrap up the day with workshop facilitators who will share their observations and projections toward a path forward.


Adjourn Day


>>  While we finalize faculty and topics for our 2023 workshop, take a look at last year's agenda for an example of the high caliber program you can expect this year. <<