Mental Health Technican Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: AU - MHT2
Program Duration: 9 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

This training program combines a two course training track:

Abnormal Psychology

Mental Health Technician

Under 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.

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Program Objectives

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

Job Outlook

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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