Behavioral health technicians generally assist a licensed therapist or nurse. They help individuals who need help with behavioral development and modification of actions. The technician may be required to help design behavioral health programs and treatments that are catered to clients’ needs, as well as provide positive feedback and attempt to correct any negative behavior. The behavioral health technician may work with people who have brain injury or deterioration, depending on the technician's employer. There are generally guidelines that the technician must follow to administer therapy consistently. In some positions, the behavioral health technician must ensure that patients’ medications are consumed.
Behavioral health technicians work at many locations, including schools, therapy centers, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers. In some positions, a behavioral health technician accompanies patients to other places in the community, such as doctor’s appointments and social activities so that behavior can be monitored at all times. Full-time and part-time positions are usually available in a variety of shifts.
Behavioral health technician positions generally require at least a bachelor's degree in a related field. Though experience is usually preferred, some positions do not require experience and training is provided. The ability to move around the facility throughout the shift may be required.
Behavioral Health Technician Tasks
Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
Dispense medications as directed by physician.
Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
Assist mentally impaired patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff.
Participate in patient's treatment planning with other staff.