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Design of therapeutic space highlighted at USA conference

The unique design of therapeutic space at a York mental health provider is being highlighted at a USA conference.

American architects DaSilva will be showing pictures of The Retreat at a conference in Washington, USA, this month to demonstrate the importance of building and space design in helping people recover from mental illness.

The Retreat is a not-for-profit, specialist mental health provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and difficult needs.

The American Psychological Association (APA) conference invited Dr Susman, Dr Wilner and president of the APA Jaques Black from DaSilva to present on the design and renovation of therapeutic space.

The Retreat’s director of clinical services Steve Trenchard, said: “All psychiatric hospitals in New England, USA, drew their influence from The Retreat so they are particularly interested in how we develop.

“We have more than 200 years experience of helping people with mental illness so we know that the design and feel of the building and its surroundings are extremely important. People who come here tell us how special it is. Our welcoming environment is open, light, spacious and calming and we know this helps people recover.

“So we are pleased that DaSilva has included us in this presentation as an example of how therapeutic space can be designed to provide high quality care.”