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This program prepares students for a position as a Mental Health Technician. A diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of this program. In the Mental Health Technician training program at Florida Vocational Institute (FVI), we can give you the skills you need to enter this industry and thrive.
Mental Health Technician Certification (MHTC) Program
Mental health technicians, also referred to as behavioral health technicians, must receive certification through an accredited mental health technician school.
The Mental Health Technician certification will prepare students to perform duties of patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). MHT/BHT will learn to provide direct patient care while effectively and therapeutically interacting with patients or clients, their families, and other members of a health care team while delivering care to those under supervision in an in-patient or community-based setting.
Students will learn how to provide clinical support services in all in-patient and community-based program settings. In addition, the MHT/BHT students will learn all required clinical skills required to work as a mental health technician in a substance abuse, mental health, and hospital setting.
Program Objective Mental health technician classes
This program prepares students for a career as a mental health technician. After completion of the course, students will be awarded with a certification that will allow them to find a job in the mental health field.
MHT/BHTs must demonstrate competency through training, experience, and clinical supervision in the following performance domains:
Client and personal safety
Co-facilitation of therapeutic activities and support groups
Documentation and patient confidentiality
Ethical and professional responsibilities
Program Description Students will learn how to provide clinical support services in all in-patient and community-based program settings.
In addition, the MHT/BHT students will learn all required clinical skills needed to work as a Mental Health Technician in a substance abuse, mental health and hospital setting.
Nonviolent crisis prevention ® training
Basic life support (CPR) training.
In-services: HIPPA, HIV/AIDS, and Infection Control
Students will be prepared to sit for the MHTC exam
Want to become a Certified mental health technician? Florida Vocational Institute is a trusted health care vocational school in Florida because we prepare students for a career as a technician, and not just for the exam. Our experienced mental health technicians and professors will guide you to a level of success.
MHT Employment Opportunities The Mental/Behavioral Health Technician (MHT/BHT) is a member of the multidisciplinary team, who is directly involved in providing quality care for patients. The MHT/BHT is responsible for facilitating meetings and providing structure, guidance, and support for patients during daily activities – all skills acquired through the mental health technician course.
Acute and sub-acute care facilities: i.e. hospitals, nursing, and rehabilitation centers
Addiction Recovery Facilities: detox, inpatient, and outpatient services
Behavioral health facilities
Perform specific duties of patient care under the supervision of the RN
Provide direct patient care while effectively and therapeutically interacting with adult and geriatric patients, significant others, and other health care team members while delivering care to an assigned group of patients under supervision
Adhere to regulatory and patient care standards related to the delivery of patient care
Additional activities based on the need of the hospital or facility
Perform non-professional nursing tasks in the care and comfort of primarily adult and geriatric adult population with both acute and chronic behavior illness
Complete tasks as assigned by the RN
Perform specific treatment procedures under the direction of the RN
Maintain patient care areas, equipment, and supplies in a clean and orderly fashion
Restock inventories and supplies to keep supplies readily available
Transfer patients to and from procedures as directed by charge nurse
Conduct groups with adult and geriatric population
Non-professional nursing tasks:
Check vital signs
Collect routine specimens
Assist with personal hygiene and other daily living activities
Assist nursing staff in observing and monitoring the emotional and/or behavioral state of patients with chronic or acute emotional or behavioral problems.
Attend and participate in recreational and therapeutic activities.
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This program is offered at: Miami Campus and Miramar Campus