Reducing Stress and Fighting Burnout through Interior Design

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Learn how interior design solutions can alleviate job-related stress in healthcare environments, leading to increased mindfulness and productivity.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-115864 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)
  • 1 AIA LU | HSW | ASIDFDNBURNOUT (AIA Members: Please contact to have your completion reported)

Supported by
ASID Foundation


Benefit from research exploring the power of mindfulness to alleviate workplace stressors, and the role of interior design to reduce stress and employee burnout in healthcare environments. Review lessons learned from a virtual model of a free-standing emergency department and walk-through video with emphasis on staff spaces to destress, which can be a key tool in the design process to communicate solutions and gain buy-in. Focused on emergency departments, design strategies presented include choice and flexibility, privacy and enhanced focus, spatial adjacency, increased exposure to daylight, and grief support.  

This course presents an overview and findings from a study conducted by the University of Florida Department of Interior Design, funded in part by an ASID Foundation Research Grant. 

What You Will Learn
  • Explore the concept of mindfulness and its potential application in healthcare environments 
  • Describe design strategies to facilitate mindfulness and help healthcare workers manage workplace stress 
  • Explain how healthcare workers in emergency departments cope with workplace stress and compassion fatigue 
  • Identify design attributes perceived by emergency department workers to support or inhibit the practice of mindfulness and stress management strategies 

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Access Period: One year from registration date.

Shabboo Valipoor, Ph.D., EDAC

Assistant Professor, Interior Design

University of Florida

Shabboo Valipoor, Ph.D., EDAC, is an assistant professor of Interior Design at the College of Design, Construction and Planning. Her research centers on the impact of the built environment on human health and safety, with a specific focus on healthcare facilities and environments for aging. Her current projects aim to (1) improve the quality of care in acute care settings by providing supportive environments for healthcare professionals and (2) minimize environmental risks to independent living for older adults. Dr. Valipoor’s work often combines empirical methods with computational techniques such as virtual walkalong interviews, virtual reality, and discrete event simulation. She has collaborated closely with scholars in engineering, medicine, occupational therapy, and computer science on works supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Science Foundation, Academy of Architecture for Health, and American Society of Interior Designers. She serves on the North America Chapter of the International Academy for Design and Health Leadership Committee where she works with a global interdisciplinary team to promote the application of research findings concerning the interaction between design and health. Dr. Valipoor has taught upper- and lower-division studios, as well as Computer Applications, Advanced Detailing, and Finishes and Materials. Her current teaching focuses on evidence-based design in healthcare facilities and digital design tools.


This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU value | HSW. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-115864.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.


Reducing Stress and Fighting Burnout through Interior Design Part One
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 8 min video in order to advance to Part Two.
Reducing Stress and Fighting Burnout through Interior Design Part Two
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 10 min video in order to advance to Part Three.
Reducing Stress and Fighting Burnout through Interior Design Part Three
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 24 min video in order to take the course quiz and earn your CEU.
Reducing Stress and Fighting Burnout Through Interior Design Final Quiz
14 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  18/23 points to pass
14 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  18/23 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
ASID Academy Course Evaluation Survey
3 Questions
3 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.0 IDCEC CEU HSW credit  |  Certificate available
1.0 IDCEC CEU HSW credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW and 1.0 AIA LU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you have an IDCEC number. AIA Members: Upon completion, please notify, including your AIA member number, the course name, and date completed. We will report your completion to AIA on your behalf.