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Trauma Informed Design, get "The Specifics" with Lynsey Hankins & Michelle Vincent of PPG.

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About This Program

Color influences all aspects of design and needs to be considered when establishing the use of a building. The goal of trauma informed design is to use empathy to create environments that promote a sense of calm, safety, dignity, empowerment, and well-being for all occupants. This can be achieved by adapting spatial layout, thoughtful furniture choices, visual interest, light and color, art, and biophilic design. This course explains why all design decisions should be filtered through the overlapping lenses of psychology, neuroscience, physiology, and cultural factors.

Session Takeaways

  • Participants will improve their knowledge of trauma and trauma informed design. Then adapt their color selections based on this knowledge.
  • Participants will be able to select color palettes recommended for various trauma situations.
  • Participants will improve their understanding of design elements to be applied to mental awareness and trauma health situations.
  • Participants will improve their knowledge of how much their physical environment and social situations can affect them physiologically and emotionally.

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Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
*Submitted for credit and awaiting confirmation.

Relevant Practices

General Project Delivery
Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Ownership/Property Management


  • Lynsey Hankins, FCSI, IDCEC, Industry IIDA, NKBA. National Color + Design Manager, PPG

    Lynsey has worked in the construction industry since 2009 with the majority of time spent in the commercial sector. Lynsey is Master Painter Institute (MPI) Certified, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Construction Specification Institute as Institute Director from the South-Central Region. Lynsey is an AIA and IDCEC accredited presenter and is an Industry Member of IIDA and ASID. Lynsey’s passion for color and design comes from several years in the flooring and high-performance coatings divisions. Lynsey partners with owners, architects and designers to assist in providing the best quality products to fit the look and feel the space and owner requires.

  • Michelle Vincent, Color and Design Manager, PPG Paints

    Michelle has been in the design industry since 2011. Her background in interior design has led to her specializing in both residential and commercial design projects from conceptual through completion, throughout the US.
    Michelle’s years of design have provided know-how in evaluating materials that complement space and color as applicable to each unique environment. Her design and arts backgrounds lend to her creativity and the ability to blend all design components resulting in a one-of-kind space.

August 29, 2023
Tue 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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