Behavior technician job description and responsibilities

Posting date: 01/16/24

What is a Behavior Technician? 

A Behavior Technician plays a crucial role in providing specialized patient care, collaborating with healthcare professionals, and offering therapeutic guidance to support patients in their recovery journey. 

If you’re looking for a career where your work truly makes a difference, look no further than Discovery Behavioral Health careers. 

We celebrate diversity of thought, reward passionate execution, and empower our employees with their professional and personal development. 

Learn about: 

  • The responsibilities of Behavior Technicians 
  • The requirements needed to be a Behavior Technician
  • Who you’ll be working with 

What is the job description of a Behavior Technician? 

As a Behavioral Technician, you'll collaborate closely with a team of specialized professionals dedicated to delivering top-tier patient care. 

Your personalized therapeutic support guides patients throughout their recovery journey, making a significant impact from admission to discharge. 

Here are some of the day-to-day responsibilities of a Behavior Technician: 

Patient Care:

  • Monitors all patients through the treatment experience, keeping patients in line of sight in the milieu and regularly checking on patients in bedrooms or other areas.
  • Assists and supports patients in day-to-day activities including, but not limited to: waking routines, morning hygiene, meals, nighttime routine, evening hygiene, bathroom observations, and free time.
  • Responsible for facilitating and engaging patients in therapeutic groups such as coping skills, relapse prevention, psycho education, Life Skills, etc.

Reporting and Client Behavior Oversight:

  • Objectively and accurately documents patient progress daily.
  • Effectively and professionally communicates with families/loved ones, as appropriate.

Requirements of a Behavior Technician 

To become a Behavior Technician, the qualifications and requirements typically include:

  1. Education: High School diploma or equivalent.
  2. Work Experience: At least 1 year of work experience, preferably in fields related to chemical dependency, behavioral health, or relevant experience in roles such as Resident Aide, Direct Care Staff, or Mental Health Technician.
  3. Certifications: Current Basic Life Support certification (BLS), and certifications in crisis intervention and behavior management techniques like SAMA (Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression), or CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention).
  4. Driver's License: Possession of a valid, Class C driver's license, and a clear driving record if the job involves patient transportation.

Who does a Behavior Technician work with? 

A Behavior Technician typically works closely with a team of healthcare professionals, including psychologists, therapists, counselors, nurses, and other specialists, to create personalized treatment plans and provide support to patients. 

This role requires interpersonal skills to guarantee seamless collaboration within the team, always prioritizing the well-being of our patients.

At DBH, we believe in the power of a multidisciplinary treatment model that integrates various specialized professionals to provide comprehensive and holistic care to our patients. 

Through this comprehensive approach, we aim to optimize the overall health and well-being of our patients and provide the highest level of care

Explore Behavior Technician jobs at Discovery Behavioral Health 

The role of a Behavior Technician at DBH offers a dynamic and impactful career path for individuals passionate about making a difference in people's lives. 

Unlock a culture of support and continuous learning with DBH and apply to our Behavioral Technician jobs today.

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