Special Management Psychiatric Technician III
State of Virginia
 Petersburg, VA

Central State Hospital is recruiting for a highly talented individual to serve as Special Management Psychiatric Technician. Duties include (but are not limited to): assisting with evaluation of patient outcomes, monitoring patient behaviors and documenting interventions. The selected candidate will also assist with development and implementation of patient specific behavior plans, maintain close observation of the ward; supervise day-to-day functioning of patients, and maintain an awareness of clients whereabouts at all times. In addition, the incumbent will execute security procedures such as pat downs of patients and ward searches for contraband. Special Management Psychiatric Technicians will be working in a fast-paced environment, in an acute admission unit setting and will be among the first to respond to behavior crisis situations and will be expected to use therapeutic options to promote de-escalation and intervention per hospital policy and procedures. There is a shift differential of $.50/hr. for weekday evenings, weekday nights & weekend days as well as weekend evenings and weekend nights.

Minimum Qualifications

A valid driver's license and High school diploma/GED required. Selected applicants must have experience working in a psychiatric setting. The primary shift is evening, however candidate *must be willing to work any shift including weekends and overtime hours.

• Candidate must be able to walk or stand a minimum of 75% of the shift. Selected candidates must also be willing to wear special safety equipment as required.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience providing direct care to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities or current enrollment or completion of a degree program in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Human Services, Health Care Major or related education/training is preferred. Bilingual applicants are preferred.

Special Requirements

Ability to lift heavy objects; Ability to walk or stand a minimum of 75% of time on shift; Ability to bend at waist and knees; Ability to use upper extremities (hands) to hold, grasp and manipulate work materials.