Behavioral Technician Job Description

Behavioral Technician Job Description

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Behavioral technician provides basic care and oversees the safety and security of mental/behavioral health patients under supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Behavioral Technician Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective behavioral technician job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included behavioral technician job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Supervise patients to ensure their safety and their involvement in treatment
Provide input during shift report
Assist in serving, feeding and removing patient trays
Requires responsibility for department supplies, equipment, and adherence of efficient time management and utilization of patient resources
Professionally interfaces with fellow employees, physicians, and patients on a continual basis
Institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments in patient’s conditions
Assist in interviewing patients and their families for routine admission data
Observe patients and assesses progress on daily basis
Interact with patients on a one to one small group basis
Perform analysis of blood glucose from finger sticks and report findings to nurse

Behavioral Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Behavioral Technician

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, BLS, CPI, CNA, AALAS, RBT

Education for Behavioral Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the behavioral technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Education, Technical, Psychology, Health, Social Work, Computer, Counseling, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Sciences, Associates

Skills for Behavioral Technician

Desired skills for behavioral technician include:

Types of health information and the rules and regulations surrounding their use
Aspects of Basic Life Support Standard Precautions
Professional regulation and facility/program accreditation requirements
Medical terminology is desirable
Respects patients right
Basic health and safety precautions applicable to work in a health care environment
Behavioral principles and individual responses to stressors
Infection control
Personal hygiene
Procedures and techniques involved in administering routine treatments to patients

Desired experience for behavioral technician includes:

Texas CNA license, preferred
Current CPI certification or equivalent
PRN employees must have a minimum of 1 year related experience as a mental health Tech
Certification in Crisis intervention and/or management of the violent patient preferred
Degree in a related field such as psychology, counseling or clinical social work (AA, BA or BS or higher)
Participate in review of activities and processes for work area

Behavioral Technician Examples

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Behavioral Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a behavioral technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for behavioral technician
  • Extract data from source documents and complete database entries for Minimal Risk and IRB/protocol approved studies
  • Assist in developing and implementing teaching tools for subject populations
  • Obtain patient consents for Minimal Risk and IRB/protocol approved studies including discussion of treatment/intervention alternatives and signature on Informed Consent forms
  • Access and extract information for protocols from medical library and online databases
  • Identify potential subjects from review of existing protected health information based on inclusion/exclusion criteria for Minimal Risk or IRB/protocol approved studies
  • Assist in identification and conduct of the scheduling and review of results for screenings visits/appointments per protocol of Minimal Risk and IRB/protocol approved studies
  • Communicate with PI and sub-investigators about changes in procedures for Minimal Risk and IRB/protocol approved studies
  • Patient Care.Provide direct care services to patient on an individual basis, including activities such as daily living, social and psychiatric rehabilitation as directed by the RN
  • Assisted patients who may be experiencing crises or who are out of control
  • Assures patients receive meal trays and encourages patient to eat in dining room
Qualifications for behavioral technician
  • Current certification in Non Violent Physical Crisis Intervention
  • Experience working with the mentally ill and dually diagnosed populations preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to develop rapport with diverse patient population, observation of professional boundaries and neutrality, and excellent listening and responding skills required
  • Must have coursework and professional experience that indicates knowledge of working with at risk youth, behavioral health interventions, and identification of behavioral health issues, crisis intervention, and behavioral health consultation
  • Prefer experience with active youth leadership and/or mentoring through activities and arts
  • Assists the Registered Nurse in collecting data of the patient during the intake/ admission process for behavioral/ psychiatric patients
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Behavioral Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a behavioral technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral technician
  • Establishing a therapeutic relationship with assigned patients
  • Collects patient vital signs, height and weight measurements and documents these in the electronic medical record
  • Provides quality patient care by maintaining knowledge and skill level related to the symptoms and treatment of eating disorders relevant to position responsibilities and in accordance with UMHS regulations
  • Assists with collection of clinical data for quality improvement and related activities
  • Assists with other clinic coverage and duties as assigned
  • Attend all mandatory trainings and in-house conferences/seminars as directed
  • Responds to patient inappropriate behavior in a therapeutic way
  • Performs safety and security checks routinely and randomly throughout shift
  • Transports patients as requested by Supervisor
  • Maintains order and encourages compliance with rules and regulations
Qualifications for behavioral technician
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, with High School Diploma or GED
  • Be able to stand for several hours
  • Completes an inventory of personal items and appropriate wanding of patient/ belongings upon arrival
  • Communicates to the team observations of the environment and patient indicators that a patient is escalating or at increased risk for agitation/ aggression or harm to self
  • Works to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment while maintaining boundaries for patients, families and staff
  • Supports visitation guidelines and policies as established by department and hospital
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Behavioral Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a behavioral technician. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for behavioral technician
  • Notifies the nurse on duty whenever a patient is awake during sleeping hours
  • Participates in the staff report between shifts
  • Documents all significant events in each respective record and clinical communication log in a clear, concise and timely manner
  • Transport patient if requested (as needed)
  • Models appropriate social interaction skills, including boundaries, communication, conflict resolution with patients, families, peers and others
  • Provided immediate crisis management services in response to behavioral emergencies using accepted, non-verbal and physical techniques
  • Encourages patient self-care or provides direct care with patient ADL's, when indicated
  • Leads activity-oriented groups and outside activities
  • Maintains and documents special precautions within specified time frames
  • Intervenes when patient is dangerous to self or others, utilizing least restrictive interventions, but may include seclusion and/or restraint, under the direction of a RN
Qualifications for behavioral technician
  • Experience working in an academic environment•Experience in survey development (Qualtrics), website design, eyetracking (Imotions), and E-Prime software is a plus
  • Must be a CNT (Certified Nurse Aide in State of Tennessee)
  • 1 plus years of healthcare related experience or enrolled in nursing program
  • Associate Degree in health care, psychology or related field may be substituted for years of experience
  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, a driving record in good standing, and the minimum amount of insurance liability coverage may be required
  • Any persons who have direct client contact must have been free of substance use problems for at least the two years immediately preceding their hiring and must sign a statement attesting to that fact
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a behavioral technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for behavioral technician
  • Monitor and assess changes in the tone and quality of the therapeutic milieu and address potential concerns that threaten patients' optimal safety, healing, and supportive environment
  • Observe patients to detect behavior patterns, condition changes, and incidents and report observations to the multidisciplinary patient care team
  • Document patient care information and ensures timely and accurate completion of patient care records in accordance with policies and procedures
  • De-escalate situations involving agitated or aggressive patients or caregivers to prevent behavioral-based safety hazards using established principles in de-escalation, including potential application of physical restraints
  • Observe, record, and monitor behaviors related to risk of patient suicide
  • Assist patients with their daily routines, implement individual program plans, and document client progress
  • Works collaboratively with Center for Exceptional Families' staff, patients and patients' families in order to provide behavior analytic services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, under the direction and supervision of the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
  • Implements interventions to reduce problem behavior under the direction of Board Certified Behavior Analyst and/or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
  • Collects data as directed by Board Certified Behavior Analyst and/or Board Certified Assistant Behavior analyst that can be used to determine effectiveness of interventions to decrease problem behavior
  • Implements behavior analytic (focused or comprehensive) instruction program to teach skills, under the direction of Board Certified Behavior Analyst and/or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Qualifications for behavioral technician
  • Must be able to interact positively with patients, staff and visitors on a daily basis whose behavior may be difficult, uncooperative or aggressive
  • Must be able to demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups, job and/or program specific competency annually
  • Knowledge of sterile techniques and special procedures that are applicable to work performed
  • Knowledge of specimen collection, storage and transport
  • Knowledge of the organization and physical layout of the hospital
  • Knowledge of principles of milieu therapy
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Behavioral Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of behavioral technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral technician
  • Collects skill acquisition data necessary to determine effectiveness of intervention program as directed by Board Certified Behavior Analyst and/or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
  • Maintains appropriate documentation of assessment and treatment to meet hospital and insurance billing guidelines
  • Adheres to all ethical guidelines outlined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board
  • Participates in regular ongoing curriculum meetings with BCBA and families as primary Behavior Technician
  • Observe, record, and monitor behaviors related to the risk of patient suicide
  • Closely monitor and adhere to patient/resident treatment plans in the delivery of care
  • Respectful of patient rights understanding of patients unique recoevry needs
  • Communicate with all staff, patients, and families using excellent professional written and verbal skills
  • Demonstate dependability and adaptability with patients and staff
  • Abide by the standards of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 guidelines
Qualifications for behavioral technician
  • Knowledge of group therapy principles
  • Ability to work with, express sensitivity and understanding, and secure the cooperation of patients, including maintaining sympathetic attitude towards patients
  • Ability to keep calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain routine records and prepare reports
  • Ability to recognize patients in emergency states and seek appropriate assistance
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and other patient rights

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