Education: Graduation from an accredited Psychiatric Technician Program; or completion of an equivalent education and experience that meets the requirement of the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians or completion of education and experience as a behavioral science specialist/technician in the United States military and proof of having completed an Armed Forces course involving psychiatric technician training or civilian course from an accredited school in the care of behavioral health patients.
Experience: One year of experience as a Psychiatric Technician after graduation.
Conduct or assist in treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Perform initial basic assessment procedures including standardized psychological testing, clinical interviewing, mental status examinations, substance abuse evaluations, and psychological and nursing assessment.
Identify mental health and nursing diagnoses, and provide patient education.
Observe, monitor, record, and report patient's progress.
Conduct or assist in conducting group and individual counseling, therapeutic community, and other related milieu activities.
Institute precautionary measures to prevent patient injury or suicide.
Assist patients with nutritional, hygiene, and comfort measures.
Obtain and record vital signs.
Coordinate with other agencies regarding specified care, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and administrative functions. Contact military and community agencies to obtain collateral information. Explain and interpret mental health services to patients or others.
Assist in, or arrange patient referral to public, private, and military community agencies.
Prepare and maintain records and reports pertaining to specialty services.
Assist with care of individuals experiencing acute and post-traumatic stress reactions.