The Center for Professional Development


Designing Spaces for Well-Being

NOTE: This training has been cancelled.

Friday, October 11, 2013
9am-3:30pm

$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
6 CEUs

Every day, social workers and their clients move through a variety of personal and professional settings. Research suggests that the characteristics and design of physical spaces impact the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of individuals. Poor design can lead to aggression, depression and other behavioral and health concerns whereas other types of design can reduce stress, increase coping, and improve overall health. The design of social work settings such as administrative offices, treatment centers, schools, or shelters for people in crisis, impact both social workers and those whom they serve and can promote or hinder the achievement of personal and professional goals. This course explores ways in which design varies across cultures and belief systems. Participants will be asked to engage in a pre-seminar reflection exercise in order to prepare for the day. The seminar includes a mini-design lab in which participants will use art and design materials to apply their ideas to social work problems and settings. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1) identify evidence-based design principles and practices; 2) conduct a basic environmental analysis and; 3) apply principles and practices to social work settings.  The workshop is most appropriate for advanced bachelor’s and post-master’s degree practitioners with at least two years of direct service practice

Barb Toews, MA, is a PhD candidate at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She conducts research and teaches in the area of environmental design and psycho-social-behavioral and judicial outcomes, with a focus on correctional facilities.