Behavioural Health Technician
About the Role
A behavioural health technician (or behavioural health specialist) provides a mental health service to assist with the treatment of patients with behavioural problems which includes psychiatric disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and physical & emotional abuse. A behavioral health technician works with doctors and nurses to create treatment plans. Some of the duties include administering medications, encouraging patients to participate in counselling and assisting with everyday living skills.
They will work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, and shelters.
Key Industries for employment opportunities are:
Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training, Public Administration and Safety
Salary Expectation: $89,891 (average annual salary)
Qualifications, Training, Licenses
An associate degree in psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
APAC develops & reviews accreditation standards for study across Australia in psychology.
Knowledge & Capabilities
Provide individualised patient care.
Observe and record patient behaviour and be able to assess needs.
Able to assist with creating treatment plans.
Coordinate with both health professionals and family members.
Able to mediate and restrict violent behaviours.
Provide medication as instructed.
Ability to emotionally support patients using good interpersonal skills.
Physical ability is necessary to help manage patient needs.
Pathway - Formal
Associate Degree in Psychology