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  • Writer's pictureChristine Cowart

Join Us in Portland Oregon for a Trauma-informed Design Odyssey!


is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a

full-day intensive session at the

EDRA55 Conference


June 19, 2024!

This event will explore the psychological and physiological dynamics of trauma and its impacts. The morning features presentations and a panel on trauma responses, design requirements, societal impacts, and research principles.

Participate in the DrawnOut! mental health sketching activity to deepen your learning. In the afternoon, hear from designers of the Path Home Family Shelter (Carleton Hart Architecture and Jessica Helgerson Interior Design), Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center (Gensler), and Fora Health (Holst Architecture).

The day will conclude with a tour of Fora Health in east Portland. Special thanks to our sponsor, HunterDouglas, for making this workshop possible.

The event will start at 9:00 a.m., and end in time for participants to enjoy the evening keynote event. A light breakfast and buffet lunch, as well as transportation to the tour site will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the intersection of trauma, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) principles of trauma-informed care, and stress regulation in the context of built environment design, including the underlying psychological and physiological mechanisms of trauma and stress responses

  • Define complex needs for Trauma-informed Design spaces regarding holistic human factors related to environmental responsiveness, as informed by evidence, including models of care for the user and the site

  • Construct research questions and methods for meaningfully and respectfully engaging participants on trauma-related topics and how to maximize the application of your research

  • Assess the Trauma-informed Design principles applied in practice with Portland-based case study examples


Speakers for the event include:

Use the links below to access more information

and register for this first-of-its-kind event!


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