Mental Health Technician (104 Hours)

Mental Health/General Health

Mental Health Technicians play a significant role in the mental health care system by providing direct assistance to patients. Get an overview of mental health diagnoses. Learn the best practices for working with patients. Develop appropriate intervention techniques. Discover how to help patients with daily tasks. Organize activities and therapy sessions. Become a part of the team of professionals who assist in the care of mentally ill individuals in specialized care facilities or hospitals. At the end of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam through the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians. This course is recommended for anyone interested in working in direct care with mentally ill patients or others who need training on how to handle situations with those undergoing a mental health crisis.

Training includes:

  • Outline of the history of mental health care
  • Identify normal growth and development
  • Understand the importance of trust and communication in health care
  • Outline proper safety in the workplace
  • Understand chemical dependency and its effects
  • Understand common psychiatric disorders
  • Perform proper documentation for patients
  • Understand and respect patients’ rights
  • Perform general patient care

Admission Requirements:

  • Provide proof of high school completion (high school transcripts, copy of high school diploma, or copy of completion of GED requirements)

Cost of Class:

  • Tuition/Registration $180
  • Text $150 (subject to change)

Other Fees:

  • Certification Exam $109

For more information about this class, call the Yancey Learning Center at 828.682.7315.