Wyoming Designing Physically and Psychologically Safe Mental Health Session Environments


About the Course

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of creating physically and psychologically safe client session space environments.
  • Identify office space risks to physical safety.
  • Demonstrate ergonomic self-care within office spaces.
  • Discuss the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations regarding building safe mental health spaces for inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Describe basic concepts of Feng Shui, the ancient art of creating well-being within environments.
  • Discuss the concept of comfort rooms.
  • Describe research pertaining to creating psychologically safe mental health environments.

About the Author

Kathryn Brohl, MA, LMFT has over 30 years of experience as an administrator, writer, psychotherapist, frontline worker, trainer and consultant. She has published five books, two of which were best-selling, "When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent's Guide for Healing and Recovery" and "Working With Traumatized Children: A Handbook For Healing." Kathryn has trained social workers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, and her expert interviews have been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Parents' Magazine, The Washington Post and others. Kathryn currently works on the Innovations Team with Children's Home Society of Florida.

Deborah Converse, MA, NBCT graduated with a degree in Psychology from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and received an MA in Education for Emotionally Disabled Students from the University of Central Florida. She was awarded National Board Certification in 2000 as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, Birth to 21+ endorsement. In addition to teaching, Deborah has written programs, developed curriculum and conducted in-service training for school districts.

Rene Ledford, LCSW has over 20 years of experience in social services. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology and a master's in clinical social work from Florida State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified behavior analyst. Ms. Ledford's experience includes that of a mental health practitioner, clinical supervisor and administrator. Recognized as a community leader, her accomplishments include being recognized as both Student Social Worker and Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Currently with the Children's Home Society Learning Institute, she supervises staff training for Florida's largest not-for-profit child welfare agency.

Other contributing authors: Donna Skinner, MSW; Lynn Thomas MSW; Marvin Chaffin, LMHC; Leah Kulakowski, LMFT, Dixie Casford, MA,LMHC and Wade T. Lijewski, PhD.

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