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WORKSHOP | Behavioral and Mental Health: New Directions in Care and Design of Environments to Support that Care

When: September 17, 2024
Time: 9:00am Pacific
Where: Los Angeles, CA United States
What: Agenda
Price: $495 full rate; See below for Affiliate discounts
  • Workshop Hours: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM PT
  • 6.5 AIA/EDAC continuing education units
  • To become an event sponsor/partner, contact Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org (541) 965-1922
  • To join as an Affiliate member and receive a discount on your registration, contact Lynn Kenney, lkenney@healthdesign.org (925) 521-9404 x134


Event Venue:

6225 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
United States

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




Shary Adams, OAA, AIA, ACHA, EDAC
Healthcare Practice Area Leader





Opening Keynote Panel Presentation

Join members of The Center for Health Design’s Behavioral & Mental Health Environment Network (BMHEN) for a panel discussion to set the stage for the rest of the workshop. These leaders in behavioral health design are solving today’s issues and shaping the future of behavioral health environments. 

Scott Holmes, RA, Emeritus ACHA, LEED AP
Behavioral & Mental Health Environment Network (BMHEN) Facilitator
The Center for Health Design




Deb Lambert HFA, MS
President & CEO
Byron Wellness Community




Brian Giebink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC
Behavioral and Mental Health Practice Leader





Presentation – Design for Crisis — Evolving Typologies with Lived Experience & Peer Support in Crisis Care Settings

Crisis care centers, in their many forms, have rapidly expanded across North America, each catering to its unique community needs. Crafting a dignity-driven, empathetic and trauma-informed approach to the design of these spaces for humanity at its most vulnerable is a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. Learn about empathetic and experiential design choices that foster agency and autonomy.

Stephen Parker, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP
Mental + Behavioral Health Planner




Research in a Snap

The pursuit of evidence-based design and research is central to successful behavioral healthcare design projects. The Center for Health Design’s research team will share several mini-presentations called “Research Matters Slidecasts” and will highlight a few recent studies, why they are important, and key takeaways. 

Speakers: Members of The Center for Health Design Research Team


Case Study – Empathetic Behavioral Health Design Innovations 

This presentation will highlight unique recovery, empathy, and wellness-focused design features incorporated within the design of two new award-winning behavioral health hospitals. Showcasing Fulton State and Central State Hospitals, design techniques to be discussed include designing by diagnosis, circadian lighting, living unit and courtyard layouts, and acoustical and biophilic design.

Eric Kern, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
Principal, Behavioral Health Director




Alison Ledwith, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
Project Healthcare Planner




Brent Castro, AIA
Senior Design Architect





Research in a Snap

See the second installment of research you should know about presented by members of The Center’s research team.


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.


Case Study – BeWell OC — Cultivating Community and a Continuum of Care

This session will outline how Southern California behavioral health leaders are changing the delivery of behavioral healthcare, highlighting the need for greater access, care integration and improved design. Several campuses will be showcased to illustrate how the projects are destigmatizing behavioral health, and leveraging outdoor spaces and campus amenities to support the integration of health and wellness.

Rosalie Zoll
Director of Planning
BeWell OC





Case Study – The Montage Health Ohana Campus — Using Neuroscience to Address the Behavioral Health Crisis

The Montage Health Ohana campus seeks to upend the narrative that mental health care must be relegated to institutional settings that isolate rather than heal. Its unique and visionary program seeks to amplify positive outcomes for young people through connections with nature and is grounded on brain science research that shaped the environment. 

Daphne Corona
Senior Associate | Project Manager





Research in a Snap

See the third installment of research you should know about presented by members of The Center’s research team.


Presentation – Nurturing Neurodiversity through the Power of Psychology and Design 

This presentation will provide a deeper understanding of what neurodiversity means and its significance in the behavioral health care environment. Attendees will learn key design principles that create supportive and inclusive environments for neurodiverse patients and staff and how those interventions can improve health outcomes. 

Kati Peditto, PhD, EDAC, WELL AP
Environmental Psychologist





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 2024 workshop, take a look at last year's agenda for an example of the high caliber program you can expect this year. <<