Mental Health Technician

Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Full-time
Salary: $16.00 to $20.00 /hour


Mental Health Technician/CNA

  • If you’re a compassionate people person and enjoy helping others, this role could be right for you.

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Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

  • Take and record measures of patients’ physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges.
  • Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients.
  • Observe and influence patients’ behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.
  • Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships.
  • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.
  • Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with patients.
  • Develop or teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Aid patients in performing tasks, such as bathing or keeping beds, clothing, or living areas clean.
  • Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures.
  • Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status, or to obtain their mental health and treatment history.

Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Care for patients with mental illnesses.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.

Related keywords: mental health, social worker, psychology, counselor, mental health therapist

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