Psychiatric Technicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

7500+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

Common job titles of Psychiatric Technicians include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 47.18% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 38.38% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.

    Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status, or to obtain their mental health and treatment history.

    Escort patients to medical appointments.

    Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.

    Administer oral medications or hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.

    Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships.

    Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.

    Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.

    Develop or teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.

    Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients.

    Take and record measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges.

    Aid patients in performing tasks, such as bathing or keeping beds, clothing, or living areas clean.

    Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures.

    Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.

    Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients.

    Contact patients' relatives to arrange family conferences.

Tools

Wheelchairs

Urinary catheters

Tuberculin TB skin test equipment

Traction equipment

Tablet computers

Surgical masks

Suction machines

All Tools

Safety gloves

Personal computers

Patient restraints

Oxygen carts

Oxygen administration equipment

Oximeters

Notebook computers

Nebulizers

Nasogastric tubes

Mechanical stethoscopes

Lancets

Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB devices

Hypodermic syringes

Hospital beds

Heat therapy equipment

Hazardous material spill kits

Gurneys

Glucometers

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Enema equipment

Emergency carts

Electronic patient thermometers

Desktop computers

Crutches

Cold therapy equipment

Blood pressure cuffs

Blood drawing syringes

Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators

Technologies

ADL Data Systems OptimumClinicals Electronic Health Record

Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager

Cerner ProFile

Epic EpicCare Inpatient Clinical System

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

ICANotes

InfoLogix HealthTrax Engine

All Technologies

MEDITECH Behavioral Health Clinicals

Netsmart Technologies Avatar Clinical Workstation CWS

Skills

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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