Psychiatric Technician Trainee – State Hospital West State of Idaho State of Idaho 120 reviews


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking full-time and part-time Psychiatric Technician Trainees for the new State Hospital West (SHW) located in Nampa. SHW is a 16-bed Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Hospital (for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old) nestled between Ridgecrest and Centennial golf courses on a picturesque piece of state property along the Nampa Interstate 84 corridor. SHW will provide psychiatric inpatient treatment care for Idaho's adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital will work in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living and will be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This facility is projected to be open by April 2021.
These positions offer the opportunity to work with an excellent team and help establish our brand-new facility. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking individuals who are driven to make an impact to our patients’ lives. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, share in growth and development, and know at the end of the day you have made a positive impact, then our Psychiatric Technician Trainee position might be for you!
General Information:
  • Our Psychiatric Technician Trainee position is an underfill position for applicants that do not meet our Psychiatric Technician qualifications. This allows those applicants to receive and complete necessary training and allow time to become certified as a CNA so that they can be considered for a promotion to the Psychiatric Technician position.
  • These positions will be working under the direction of the Nurse Manager to implement, maintain, and manage patient care and safety.
  • This position also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
  • Employees may be required to work weekends, holidays, day, evening and night shifts (swing or night shifts include 5% shift pay)
We offer a competitive benefits package to eligible employees which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation (eligibility to accrue 2.4 weeks/year to start) and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start; ten paid holidays a year; participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI); multiple savings plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities; and more.
This announcement may be used to fill full-time, part-time, and temporary positions. Applications for this position are good for 90 days. If you are interested in this position after 90 days, you must reapply.
This is an on-going announcement which means at the time applicants apply, we may or may not have an opening. Those applicants that take and pass the exam to show they meet the minimum qualifications will be place on the eligibility list. When a position becomes available, a hiring/referred list will be created from the qualified applicants on the eligibility list. A hiring supervisor will then directly contact those applicants they wish to interview.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. Applicants will be required to pass a background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.
Example of Duties

  • Provide social skills training, calming techniques, and other coping strategies to individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness who may behave violently and aggressively toward you and others.
  • Intervene in crisis or potentially harmful situations by using specific early intervention techniques and/or physical restraining techniques.
  • Provide training and support to complete all activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
  • Interact with clients to model and encourage appropriate behavior and to address aggressive behavior.
  • Conduct well-defined therapeutic training sessions on a one-to-one and group basis.
  • Maintain the safety of clients, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations.
  • Interact with clients to encourage appropriate behavior and to control aggressive behavior.
  • Interact with clients to provide social skills training in areas such as: social interaction; leisure time activities; planning and decision making; and money management.
  • Identify and report changes in client behavior and health.
  • Take, record, and report sleep patterns, diet information, behaviors and training progress.
  • Maintain client progress records.
  • Engage in physical activities (exercise and sports) with clients for up to an hour at a time.
  • Participate in on and off campus training.
  • Respond to emergency situations such as fire evacuation or the administration of first aid and/or CPR.
  • Monitor and assess safety and security of clients and facilities within their environment and take action in crisis situations.
  • Maintain the environment by performing basic housekeeping duties.
  • Frequently perform tasks that require you to bend, push and pull wheeled and other items, twist and squat, use both left and right arms, use right and left hands and wrists, and reach above your shoulders. In addition, you must be able to lift up to 50 pounds while performing the tasks above, and you may be required to pursue clients to ensure safety.
Minimum Qualifications

You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. Please make sure your resume supports your answers. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Some knowledge of personal hygiene and first aid
  • Experience following written and oral instructions
  • Experience reading and writing English
  • Applicant will be expected to obtain Certified Nursing Assistant certification within 6 months of hire date
Supplemental Information

Additional Qualifications: Are not required; however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score.

  • Some experience with mental health.
    Gained by completion of college coursework in psychology OR six months experience in dual diagnosis, behavioral interventions, mental health disorders and medications, psychiatric symptoms or therapeutic communications OR at least six months of work experience providing treatment services for the mentally ill OR satisfactorily completing a psychiatric technician training program similar to that of State Hospital West, Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, State Hospital North, or State Hospital South.


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