Under close supervision, responsible for providing a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients. Provides direct patient care and may conduct therapeutic group sessions under the direction and supervision of the RN.
Provides input to the RN to help develop the plan of care and assists in carrying out the plan of care for assigned patients. Assists with the admission of new patients and orients new patients and families to the unit.
Education: High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred.
Experience: Typically two years of experience in Behavioral Health Tech or similar related area preferred. Three years of experience working with Behavioral Health Patients will waive certification requirements below.
Knowledge. Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrates sensitivity in dealing with the psychiatric patient population which requires very specific communication skills as directed by the plan of care and ability to deal with milieu management. Knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Skill in assisting patients with daily activities.
Human relations and effective communication skills. Ability to demonstrate and maintain clinic competency. Ability to observe and document the patient's behavior. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
Certificate/License/Registration: American Heart-HCP, BLS/CPR and one of the following: Possession of a current Colorado Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Other current health technology certificate or Enrollment in an accredited school of nursing: in the final year of the program or Certified Addictions Counselor, level one (CAC-1 or greater) or Degree in a related field such as psychology, counseling or clinical social work (AA, BA or BS or higher) All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
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