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University of Utah Health Psychiatric Technician - Adolescent & Child Day Treatment, and Residential Treatment, PRN hours in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


The Huntsman Mental Health Institute's child and adolescent day-treatment programs and youth residential treatment program are looking for a candidate to work an average of one 8-hour shift per week to support our programs.

  • Kidstar is a child (5-12) day treatment program, and our two Teenscope programs are adolescent (12-18) day treatment programs that offers 40-hour-a-week clinical care to patients with mental health issues.

  • Our Youth Residential Treatment program is a girls’ (13-18) residential program where most patients are admitted for 6-8 weeks.

We work on a multi-disciplinary team with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, education specialists, music and recreation therapists, and psychiatric technicians.

The role of the psychiatric technician in these programs is to help implement treatment plans, support patients during the school period and groups, provide daily observations of patient’s behavior and mood, and to initiate and assess behavioral interventions. During the school period, psychiatric technicians, under the supervision of a licensed teacher, grade assignments, provide emotion regulation coaching, support creative problem solving, and provide executive functioning coaching.

Psychiatric technicians help to facilitate the milieu therapy portion of the program and are responsible for fostering an emotionally and physically safe environment. Fostering this environment includes: planning therapeutic activities, actively participating during groups, and investing in therapeutic relationships with patients.

Ideal candidates have strong organizational skills and can prioritize the most important tasks. Successful candidates can work independently and are self-motivated while also working closely with the team.

Candidates who have a desire to work with children and teens, have empathy for the unique struggles of patients and who maintain firm and kind limits with patients are encouraged to apply.

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  • Assists with maintaining a safe and hazard free environment by observing and documenting patient behavior, conducting patient room searches, reporting unsafe conditions and applying appropriate emotional and physical support.

  • Performs or assists with the admission of new patients by gathering routine information for nursing assessment, searches patients and belongings for contraband, documents belongings and other appropriate information.

  • Orients the patient and patient's family to the facility and the policies and procedures.

  • Escorts the patients to off-unit appointments and activities using therapeutic interventions to ensure the safety of the patient, hospital staff, and other University patients and visitors.

  • Assists with providing a therapeutic milieu for patients by encouraging patients to participate in recreational activities and group therapies.

  • Assists with supportive therapy for select patients by leading activity and conversation groups.

  • Assists in the development of patient behavioral expectations.

  • May functions as a preceptor to new Psychiatric Technicians.

  • Assists with the unit's training and quality assurance programs, as well as ordering, stocking, and maintaining clerical and patient supplies. Provides an annual educational in-service to co-workers.

  • Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and may coordinate with leadership to maintain department forms.

  • Assists with initiating and contributing to patient treatment planning, teaching and discharge planning.

  • Participates in patient care team conferences by sharing observations of patient's progress toward identified goals and assists the primary Registered Nurse with the development, evaluation, and revision of patient care plans.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to recognize when a patient is having an adverse reaction to medication and report it in a timely manner to the Registered Nurse.

  • Ability to assess a patient that can possibly hurt himself/herself and others and report this information to the Registered Nurse, and has the ability to assist with restraints and seclusion.

  • Interpersonal skills to acquire the trust of the patients and respond appropriately in a crisis situation.

  • Ability to utilize the principles of group dynamics when co-leading a group to facilitate the development of social, behavioral, and communication skills among group members.

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • Knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skill.


Qualifications Required

  • Associate's degree or equivalent 2 years of experience or a year of college and one year related experience.

Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing care in a psychiatric setting. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Non Indicated, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 48466
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type PRN
Shift Day
Work Schedule M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location Name Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)
Patient Care? Yes
State UT
Category Behavioral Health

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.