Behavioral healthcare continues to evolve in our ever changing society. Treatment spaces for mental wellbeing are continually improving to provide safer and more therapeutic environments for patients and clinicians alike. Treatment objectives are moving beyond symptom control to patient centered recovery. Design choices should incorporate every element of the behavioral health facility design, including lighting and lighting control.
This course provides evidence based insights on behavioral healthcare within the context of the environment, an overview of behavioral health safety standards, examines considerations for lighting and luminaire design for behavioral health spaces, and illustrates successful behavioral health lighting applications relevant to patient centered care and current best practices.
The NICU is a complex medical environment, and at any time there will be vulnerable newborn infants, family members and professional medical staff occupying the area, requiring thoughtful application of the lighting design. This course will focus on lighting design strategies that meet the standards and best practices for NICU patient rooms and their unique illumination needs. This course will also address special lighting for the treatment of infants with medical conditions unique to neonates including addressing the body’s photo-biological response to daylight and the visual lighting spectrum and how to apply it. The lighting design intent in the NICU is to create a space for healing, care, and respite for the newborns, their families, and caregivers.