Mental Health Technician Program Description

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This program provides a comprehensive overview of how mental health technicians treat patients coping with a variety of mental health issues like drug and alcohol addiction, physical abuse, depression, anxiety, etc.

Program Timeline

With full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just 4 months. But in case you need a less-intense timeline, we give you 12 months to finish the program.

Just 4 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are made to accommodate hectic schedules. You can train whenever and wherever works best for you—at home, at lunch, at midnight, you name it. Study at your own pace, and hit us up anytime you need help.

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Program Modules

Program modules description

Mental Health Technician Program Modules

  • Our 310-hour Mental Health Technician program is divided into 8 modules, which cover a number of topics including suicide awareness, developmental influences, and various communication methods.

History of Mental Health Nursing

  • Gain an understanding of the history of mental health illnesses and how the industry has evolved.

Mental Health Nursing Fundamentals

  • Discuss the fundamentals of communication and how your approach may impact the treatment of people diagnosed with mental health disorders.
  • Review communication types and adaptive techniques.
  • Review patient privacy laws.

Developmental Psychology & Sociocultural Influences

  • Review the stages of human development and discuss the environmental / sociocultural factors that influence our mental state.

Mental Nursing Processes & Treatments

  • Learn to assess a patient, properly diagnose their issues, and follow a five-step sequential process to assist them towards better mental health.

Anxiety, Bipolar, and Depressive Disorders

  • Get an overview of the most common types of mental illness.

Suicide, Personality, Schizophrenia, & Somatic Symptom Disorders

  • Identify the warning signs of suicide.
  • Discuss treatment options to help patients manage their thoughts and behaviors.

Addictive, Eating, Neurocognitive, & Substance Disorders

  • Review other common disorders that mental health technicians interact with on a day-to-day basis.

Mental Health Issues & Abuse Awareness

  • Learn proper procedures to treat patients suffering from mental and physical abuse.

Mental Health Technician Certifications

This program prepares students to take the Mental Health Technician Certification exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). Please note that individual state requirements may vary. Learners are responsible for checking with their state’s governing body for state-specific requirements.

Mental Health Technician Certification