Presentation Title: Designing Spaces for Therapeutic Encounters

Abstract: Nicholas Watkins will present results from a diverse research program that investigates how spaces programmed for therapeutic encounters, sacred experiences, and sensitive interactions impact participants’ well-being and disclosure. Examples will include quantitative and qualitative field research of psychotherapists’ offices, hospitals, memorials, churches, and confessionals. He will illustrate how findings have been to applied architectural designs and been used to develop a useful model for how to effectively apply metaphor to the design of therapeutic spaces.

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