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Mental Health Technician

Job ID: 186693
Category: Behavioral Health/Psychology
Work Type: PT -19 HOURS
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
Work Schedule: Part-time Night Shift

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


  • This role reports directly to the Clinical Manager of Nursing Support Services with indirect supervision of Behavioral Health leadership (Director of Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Lead, Social Work Lead, and Licensed Behavioral Health Counselor). Provides child, adolescent, or adult therapeutic behavioral health support. Assists in the maintenance of a safe environment that enhances engagement in treatment, and/or educational effectiveness. May operate in all hospital care areas including (but not limited to) – Emergency Department, Inpatient (Med-Surg/Critical Care/Pediatrics) etc.


  • Engages patients in activities of a therapeutic nature.
  • Monitors behaviors of patients during engagement; collaborates with interdisciplinary team on specific patient risk reduction strategies.
  • Participates in maintaining the therapeutic milieu of patients with behavioral health needs throughout the hospital; informs treatment team of changes in patient behavior and verbalizes concerns for patient safety.
  • Participates in treatment plan meetings, rounds, etc. as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to develop and execute behavioral plans.
  • Educates patient with regards to coping skills.
  • Functions as a role model for patients at all times.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of de-escalating techniques; appropriate physical intervention and management of aggressive behavior according to hospital protocols. Required to receive Verbal Judo & Handle with Care training.
  • Respond to patient behavioral health emergencies.
  • Maintains patient and related documentation in timely and accurate manner.
  • Carries out general nursing assistance necessary in the treatment of patients as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • H.S. Diploma/GED (Required)
    • 2+ years Behavioral Health Experience
    • Bachelor of Arts or Science
    • Major/ Area of Study: Social Work/Psychology/Other Human Services 1+ years Behavioral Health Experience
    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

    Live Your Life's Work

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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