Psychiatric Technician Trainee

Houston, TX

Psychiatric Technician Trainee

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Allied Health

UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Requisition #: 240000UO

Position Summary:

The Psychiatric Technician Trainee is responsible for assisting with patient care activities/tasks for psychiatric patients under the supervision of more senior-level nursing staff. The incumbent will assist with maintaining a therapeutic and safe environment under the direction of the licensed staff. Candidates engage in a 90-day training program to be considered for a full-time Psychiatric Technician position. It is a perfect role for those wanting to gain experience in the mental health field.

With the opening of Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/Harris Counter Psychiatric Center at UTHealth Houston, we have the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country, serving the region with a 500+ bed facility. Our dedicated healthcare employees will have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of mental health specialties and cutting-edge research. Our specialties range from Acute, Subacute, and Intensive Outpatient, to Continuum of Care, Mood Disorders, ECT, Early Onset Treatment, Adult General Psychiatry, Competency Restoration, Child and Adolescent, Juvenile Justice, Geriatric Psychiatry, Treatment Mall, and Unit-Based Programming.

This dedicated individual will work in an integrated campus to bring world-class resources to the community.

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Provides inpatient non-skilled nursing for psychiatric patients with the collaboration of his/her preceptor/designee

  2. Assists with operating equipment such as IVAC, Sphygmomanometer and Scale.

  3. Assist patients with activities of daily living.

  4. Interact with patients in a therapeutic manner.

  5. Participates in implementing and formulating patients’ treatment plan with the collaboration of his/her preceptor/designee

  6. Assists with the maintenance of a therapeutic milieu.

  7. Assists with patients’ groups and participation in therapeutic activities (i.e. community meeting, transition, etc.)

  8. Participates in the implementation of crisis management skills as directed by licensed staff.

  9. Must be able to assist with the restraint of an adult, adolescent or pediatric patient within the guidelines currently in use at HCPC.

  10. In certain circumstances, must be able to help maintain initial physical control of an adult, adolescent or pediatric patient individually until assistance from other team members arrive.

  11. Monitor patients, document observations and report observations to licensed staff with his/her preceptor’s guidance

  12. Assist staff during environmental rounds on unit for safety.

  13. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education:

High school diploma or equivalent

Minimum Experience:


Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

If you are looking for a great healthcare career in Houston, visit!

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.