Psychiatric Aides


Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.
Also called: Mental Health Technician (MHT), Mental Health Worker (MHW), Psychiatric Aide, Residential Counselor

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • psychology
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Business
  • customer service
    Health
  • therapy and counseling

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Social Orientation

Technology:

    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Electronic mail software
  • Email software
    Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    some college
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