4 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend

Healthcare Design Expo + Conference

Healthcare Design Expo + Conference – November 2017

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference taking place this November has an abundance of educational sessions, workshops, and tours for attendees to take advantage of.  This year the conference is offering four educational sessions discussing recent developments in behavioral health, and the various environments and design factors that foster effective care. Sunday is jam-packed with these informative sessions led by industry thought leaders:

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

his session will provide an overview of design research on mental and behavioral health facilities. The narrative includes a systematic review of the literature on design research; summarizes population research; and provides case studies for facilities including acute care, outpatient and emergency care, residential care, and the treatment of chemical dependency. The session 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. Presenters will also discuss mental and behavioral health models, design guidelines, design research, and existing standards, and provide examples of best practice.

Walk in their Footsteps: Research into Elders with Neurocognitive Disorders and their Environment
Sunday, November 12, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Neurocognitive disorders often affect the elder population, resulting in memory and cognition issues with behaviors that can include wandering, aggression, or apathy. This session will present the results of a research study done using a customized iPad application that tracked the behavior, walking patterns, and repetitive motions of an elderly population with dementia. This template will specifically focus on the interaction between elements of the designed environment and the person’s resulting behavior. Attendees will explore how the designed environment can mitigate neurocognitive disorder symptoms. Take away this tool that can be used in pre-design and post-design phases.

Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope
Sunday, November 12, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.

The Medical Behavioral Unit: Enhancing Patient Safety and Experience Through Design
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.