Mental Health Technician
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Students will be trained for employment as Mental Health Technicians, behavioral specialist or technicians and or Nursing Assistants. Mental Health Technicians work in a variety of healthcare facilities under the supervision of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, counselor, or social worker and participate in the development and implementation of therapeutic treatment plans for patients with mental health issues. Students will receive training in physical assessment, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, developmental disabilities, health/ wellness education, crisis intervention, and basic nursing assistant skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to take the Certified Nursing Assistant examination given by the Florida Board of Nursing or the National Mental Health Technician exam.
By the conclusion of the program students will be able to:
Accurately perform and document basic nursing skills, basic physical and mental assessments and interventions while prioritizing patient care.
Student will ethically advocate for patients with mental illness and developmental disabilities in all settings, assuring patient’s rights, privacy, dignity and confidentiality.
Student will develop leadership and supervision skills and identify need for crisis intervention using the least restrictive measures.
Able to effectively participate in a therapeutic environment and communicate in a professional and respectful manner.
Be prepared to pass the state board exam for licensure as a psychiatric technician.