This training program combines a two course training track:Abnormal Psychology Mental Health TechnicianUnder the direction and supervision of a psychiatric nurse, psychologist or psychiatrist, as a mental health technician you provide care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients. Your specific care duties might include monitoring patient behaviors, emotions and physical conditions; recording patient statistics, such as temperature and blood pressure; administering medications; providing direct personal interaction with patients; encouraging patients to take part in social activities; helping patients maintain personal hygiene and leading therapy sessions. You also confer with superiors about patients and assist with the implementation of treatment plans.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Define abnormality and current trends in treatment
Identify common conditions of stress and anxiety
Identify common mood disorders
Identify eating disorders and the effects drugs have on the body
Define disorders that span the lifetime
Comprehend the history and current trends of mental healthcare
Identify the characteristics of common psychiatric disorders
Comprehend legalities related to the mental health office
Define human behavior and different elements affecting it
Identify methods for assisting those suffering from loss of life
According to a 2011 report issued by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, potential employers include psychiatric hospitals, mental health facilities, residential mental retardation centers and substance. State agencies, general medical hospitals and family services providers are also potential employers. About 62,500 people worked as mental health technicians in 2008. By 2018 employment was projected to rise six percent to 66,100 workers total. Job growth was expected to be driven by an increasing population of elderly patients and their need for mental health services. Opportunities at residential facilities are expected to be strong due to an ongoing trend in favor of residential care over hospital care.
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
Upon successful completion of our Mental Health Technician course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in a mental health setting and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Mental Health Technician (CMHT).
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