Psychiatric Technician Career Insights

What can I do with a Psychiatric Technician Certificate?

This is a profession that attracts those who truly want to help improve the quality of life for some of the neediest members of our communities. Psychiatric technicians care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals by following physician instructions and hospital procedures. They monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. Technicians may participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections. Other responsibilities:

  • Take and record measures of patient’s general physical condition, such as pulse, temperature, and respiration to provide daily information
  • Observe patients to detect behavior patterns and report observations to medical staff
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures
  • Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures
  • Intervene to restrain violent or potentially violent or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required
  • Contact patient’s relatives to arrange family conferences
  • Complete initial admittance forms for new patients


Jeffrey Kenney