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Top 30 Psychiatric Technicians Interview Questions

What are your long term career plans?
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Question 2 of 30
How would you deal with an escalating patient?
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"Whenever dealing with a potentially‚Äč disruptive patient I'm always sure to have one of my coworkers on standby as well as treat the patient with the door open. Situations can escalate quickly so I can respond quickly if needed."
As a Psychiatric Technician, you know the most important thing to do is to remain calm. Let the interviewer know that you would call in for reinforcements just in case you needed assistance. Walk the interviewer through a scenario and how you would handle it. Tell the interviewer that you would use the patient's name, speak softer than normal, remain calm and request a calm provider to join you.
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Question 3 of 30
Provide an experience in which you were sensitive to somone's needs or feelings. How did your helpfulness affect your work environment?
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"My co-worker was quite emotional one day and not really talking to anyone. I invited her to lunch away from the office so she had a chance to open up to me if she wanted to. We had a great lunch and she was able to find comfort in me which made her more productive that day and our work relationship even better"
As a Psychiatric Technician, your job is to be sensitive to your patient's needs. The interviewer wants to hear how you interact with your co-workers and how you communicate with them. Tell the interviewer about a time a coworker had a hard time and you took the time to listen, advise and follow up with them.
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Question 4 of 30
What is the most rewarding part of being a Psychiatric Technician?
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"Directly interacting with clients is the most rewarding part of being a Psychiatric Technician."
This question is your chance to really show the passion you have for your work. Stay positive and upbeat and even share a story if you'd like.
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Question 5 of 30
What is the most difficult part of being a Psychiatric Technician?
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What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Psychiatric Technician?
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Question 7 of 30
In your opinion, what are the 3 most important characteristics that at psychiatric technician should have?
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Question 8 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 9 of 30
Psychiatric technicians must be very clear communicators. Tell me about your communication style.
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Question 10 of 30
Tell us about a time you went above and beyond for a patient.
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Question 11 of 30
Tell me something about yourself that I would not know from reading your resume.
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Question 12 of 30
How do you prioritize when given multiple tasks?
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Why do you want to work for our company?
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Question 14 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 15 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 17 of 30
Are you strong with documentation?
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Question 18 of 30
What is your opinion on recreational therapy?
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Question 19 of 30
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 20 of 30
Why are you the best psychiatric technician for this position?
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Question 21 of 30
What brings you the most joy when helping or assisting a patient?
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Question 22 of 30
What is one thing about you, that you believe you could improve upon, to make yourself a better psychiatric technician?
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Question 23 of 30
When is the last time you had a disagreement with a coworker or doctor? How did you resolve the situation?
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Question 24 of 30
Have you ever made a recommendation to a doctor or psychiatrist? How was that recommendation received?
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Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 27 of 30
Name a time when your patience was tested.
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Question 28 of 30
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference as our newest psychiatric technician?
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Question 29 of 30
Being a psychiatric technician is a very emotionally demanding career. How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Question 30 of 30
Describe your ideal work environment.
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Question 1 of 30
What are your long term career plans?
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I see myself growing to be a better psychiatric technician as a grow with this company.
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In 5 years I see myself settled in a career as a clinical psychologist or mental health counselor.
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Working with the mentally ill hopefully have some advancement.
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I want to start a group home.
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I would like to be in good post by then.
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In five years I see my self graduated from grad school, potentially a mental health counselor at a place like grove or silver hill hospital and definitely living on my own and starting a solid foundation to start a life for my self.
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I continue to see myself helping people in need. It makes me happy to see that I can help someone in need. I also would like to continue my education and grow in an occupation related to my major in psychology.
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Continue to be working in the Mental Health field, as a program director.
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I see myself working in this field and owning a house with my wife and kids. Financially stable and just enjoying life.
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I see myself being very efficient and acquainted with the job in the next 5 years.
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Becoming a senior psychiatric technician.
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Continuing to work in the mental health field. I hope to have my masters by then ( I am enrolled in PSU for Summer 2016 to take classes to prepare me for applying to graduate programs). Perhaps I will be involved in psychiatric research to further contribute to solving the myriad of mental health problems people are afflicted with. I want to work in forensic psychology.
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I see myself satisfyed with career choice and feel great being able to use my license and experience to make a difference in someone's life.
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I see myself pursuing my masters in counseling psychology and opening my own group home for patients with mental disorders.
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I love to pursuing or finishing up my Master degree in social work. Working for DCF helping children in foster care.
Question 2 of 30
How would you deal with an escalating patient?
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Check to see if they are oriented to time and place. Talk calmly. Attempt to redirect them.
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Yes, I have dealt with many patients that were irate and upset. I asked questions to try and understand why they were upset so that I could better understand the sitauation.
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I would keep a space cushion between us. Ask the patient to calm down and then ask how can we help.
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Calmly, patiently, useing techniques taught to me.
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I would try to deescalate pt by talking to them in a calm tone of voice and manner, emphatize with the pt. Find out what cause them to be upset, redirect pt, offer reasonable choices. Build rapport.
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Remain calm and focused on their care plan.
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Escalating patients need to be calmed spoken to softly and carely persuaded to move from their setting.
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Intervene to restrain violent or polentially violent.
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I would figure out what triggered the patient and remove the stimulus. Try to listen to them and figure out a plan to calm them down.
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I would try to calm them down by using calm and gentle tones and not try to rush them or aggravate them anymore. I would try to find out what is bothering them and assure the patient I will do my best with fixing the problem.
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Firstly, I would try to calm them down and soothe them, but if that failed to work, I would be confident to work with a team and restrain them.
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Stay calm and try to defuse the situation to the best of my ability.
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Stay calm and try to calm the situation the best I can.
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I would approach the pt. From a distance, safety and security first. I would would make sure I had a rapport with the pt. If I didn't I would find another staff who did. I would deescalate pt. In a firm and calm demeanor. Empathize with the pt. And try to find out what caused them ti be upset. Offer prn and/or reasonable choices.
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I would quickly try to ascertain the factors contributing to the escalation and remove them. If these factors are internal or unable to be dealt with externally, then I would change the patients focus by asking the patient questions to get him out of his or her state.
Question 3 of 30
Provide an experience in which you were sensitive to somone's needs or feelings. How did your helpfulness affect your work environment?
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I do not have any experience but I am going to school to be able to understand.
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I am currently goign to school for psychology so I have taken many courses in psychology.
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Have extensive experience with elementary aged students and adults with psychological problems who utilize psychology professionals.
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What are your strengths and weakness.
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Take and records measures of patients general physical condition, such as pulse, temperature and respiration to provide daily information.
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I looked after my brother who has just recently passed and I had to be very patient with him, had to convince him to take his medication, had to speak calmly, always tried to encourage him and taught him some some independent skills.
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I do not have any hands on psychiatric experience besides my psychology classes at school.
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Experienced in both inpatient and outpatient care for mentally ill. Thorough with psycho pharmacologyECT experience.
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I work developmentally challenged addicts.
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I work with addicts with disabilities.
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In 2002 I was institutionalized at St. Vincent De Paul for 3 days after a suicide attempt. My overall experience was not favorable. I felt that the experience itself was a waste of time. But it was a good experience, and it likely contributed to my desire to become a clinical psychologist. I have fond memories of a couple of my ward-mates. Dale and I think her name was Anita.
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I have worked with the mentally disabled and I have enjoyed helping them cope with their illnesses.
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Experience with inpatients monitor behavior.
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I have one year of clinical experience, that is working with developmentally disabled persons as well as mentally ill persons.
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I have done some volunteer work with young teenage girls and can relate to their perspectives. In my work in the Young Women Presidency, I was called upon often to handle situations that required understanding and a listening ear.
Question 4 of 30
What is the most rewarding part of being a Psychiatric Technician?
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Being able to help your patients. These type of patients usually carry a stigma around with them for the rest of their lives. They begin to think society is afraid and they feel alone. Being able to help the patients and treat them with the respect that they deserve they will begin to have confidence in themselves. I want them to know they are people and not outcasts.
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Being able to make people feel comfortable and equal no matter of any mental disorder a person may have.
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I really enjoy watching the real person come out from the psychotic person and have met some interesting people. I love being there to help them through their tough times.
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Safety and team work. making a difference.
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I think that it would be helping people to get healthy.
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Seeing a patient come out of the darkness of their disorder. The light in their eyes, the participation in life, and the enjoyment vs the despair.
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I think seeing slight improvements over time can be rewarding. Small steps are huge milestones when dealing with mental health issues.
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The most rewarding part is helping a patient being there for them and just caring for them.
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The most rewarding part of being a psychiatric technician is to be able to help individuals in feeling safe.
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The most rewarding part of being a psychiatric technician is to be able to help individuals in feeling safe.
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Seeing positive changes because of an action you made.
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Having the satisfaction of helping patients restoretheir lifes by mentoring, advising, and help them make better choices once release.
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When you help them set a goal and they reach it. The smile on their face makes everything worth it.
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I have never been one but I know for me is know that my patient came first in every decision that was made for them and knowing that with our help they are to live either a normal or close to normal life.
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When you know you have made a difference in an individuals treatment that produces effective problem solving as well as better quality of life for both the patient and staff involved.
Question 5 of 30
What is the most difficult part of being a Psychiatric Technician?
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The unknown. Everyday it is something different, you have to be completely aware of your surroundings and the state of mind of all your patients at all times.
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Probably dealing with situations that need emergency attendance.
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Not letting personal feelings interfere with treatment for the patient. However, I am able to leave my personal life and feelings are the gate so that I am able to effectively treat these patients.
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Although I have never officially worked as a psychiatric technician I would assume that the most difficult part would be diffusing an aggressive situation.
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There are times when certain clients, or patients become very difficult.
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Dealing with different personalities on a day to day basis when you yourself are having a bad day.
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Maybe not really understanding them correctly. I will try my best to hear them out and observe them so I could know them.
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Knowing that you cant cure your patients.
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In my opinion I beive the most difficlt part would be wanting to change a certian behavior and you losing hope but you have to remeber that progress may take time.
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You can take anything personal that they say.
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When the situation gets violent.
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Again I have not had the opportunity to be a psychiatric technician but I would take a guess and say the most difficult part would be not to fail your patient.. Not being the advocate they need and the other thing I would say is being organized and keep up with your work load.
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Maintaining a professional, courteous, and caring attitude at work while providing high quality healthcare as well as psychiatric support on a consistent basis irregardless of personal treatment experienced.
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The most difficult is probably just knowing that some patients can never really move beyond their level of care, and refuse the help. That's hard.
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Being able to always help.
Question 6 of 30
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Psychiatric Technician?
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I see my self advancing my skills and knowlgege and advancing within the company.
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I have taken all required and optional training that was offered by my past employers.
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Reassessed my enjoyment and dedication to my profession.
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I have prepared myself for the challenge.
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Ive learned to have empathy and note that every positve progress can lead too a bigger change.
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I have watch documentaries on tv.... Observe people in the streets and try to figure out if they have a mental problem... Be aware of mental illness and greet them in the street.
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Work towards my goals which helps others.
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Again I have never been a psychiatric technician I'm hoping this facility will give me the chance to be one and help me advance myself and learn as much as possible.
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Participated in trainings, observed seminars online regarding healthcare administration, enrolled in continuing education courses, performed various training and development requirements to stay well-informed regarding best practices, policies and procedures.
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I've been doing a lot of research. Mostly on communication techniques I can utilize with patients, as I think communication is one of the most important aspects of the job. I've also been continually trying to look into all the different kinds of disorders so that I have a better undersstanding of the typical behaviors of the patients and how that knowledge can be used to better serve the client /patient.
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I went to the program and I am taking anatomy classes I want to be a register nurse.
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Not much. I've been out of the medical field for a while.
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Doing well in my on the job training, plus knowing all the information related to this postion as a psychology student.
Question 7 of 30
In your opinion, what are the 3 most important characteristics that at psychiatric technician should have?
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Firm, Fair, and Consistant.
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Patience, understanding, and firm boundaries.
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Patient, empathetic, team-player.
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Knowledge, respect, patience.
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Being a great listener observing patients thoroughly and showing them that you really do care.
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Patient, understanding and calm.
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Someone who is able to be well grounded and asertive with themselves Someone who is willing to be patient Someone who can correlate empathy between sympathy.
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Safety, knowledgeable, and team player.
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Maintain a safe environment, be patience and team work.
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Knowing your patients come first staying organized and being dependable.
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A good psych tech has patience, great observational skills and excellent communication skills.
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Responsible, honest, and careering.
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Situational awareness. Patience. Effective restraint techniques. Compassion.
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Concern for others - therapeutic care, tolerance of stress and patience, adaptability.
Question 8 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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My greatest strength is my passion. I try to approach everything in my life whole heartedly. My passion allows me to stay focused on the current tasks that must be met to reach my ultimate distal goals.
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I am very diverse and not afraid of change.
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Getting along with all kinds of people.
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My greatest strength is being reliable.
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I think my greatest strength is my dedication help better the patients life, even if in a small way. Letting the patient know and feel that someone does care, and want to help them.
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My greatest strength is communication . I can usually make friends because I'm friendly.
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I believe my greatest strength is my ability to note the positive things about a person and believeing that change is possible, and my willingness and patients to help.
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Be positive, everybody deserves a second chance.
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My greatest strength is my ability to learn and being a team player.
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The ability to discern an individuals state of mind and employ strategies to bring that patient back to baseline in the most therapeutic method possible while maintaining a professional and empathetic attitude. Building a Professional Repoire with individuals under my care.
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I think my greatest strength is my ability to remain calm and keep my composure when things go unexpectedly out of control.
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My patience and that I love my career.
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A calm, effective situational awareness.
Question 9 of 30
Psychiatric technicians must be very clear communicators. Tell me about your communication style.
Question 10 of 30
Tell us about a time you went above and beyond for a patient.
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When interning at porterville delevoplmental center, I had been reading incharts and noticed that the certain patients goal plan would be that she would be able to make handwashing movements when washing her hair. So while in her free time I would practice with her by moving her hands in a circular motion every day that I was there for a month, by the end of that month she was able to achive it on her own I made sure to notify the team and note progress.
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This patient was really needy and he had everybody in the unit sick and tired of special request, complains and about other patients and psychiatric technicians so when he started saying there was something wrong with his teeth nobody was really paying attention since he had other medical request and when test were done nothing was wrong.. So I notice at meal times he wasn't really eating and he spend alot of time in his room so I documented on his file and then I ask nurse on duty to check out his mouth.... And he trully had an infection within a few hours his mole was removed.
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I pulled an unconscious patient out of a burning vehicle, then treated him with explosions going off behind me.
Question 11 of 30
Tell me something about yourself that I would not know from reading your resume.
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I always give a hundred percent. I believe that talking with the patients about the issues they are facing will allow them to be able to overcome obstacles in their everyday life. I am very hard working and take pride in what I do. I believe in order to do a good job you need to love your job. I always wanted to help people and make a difference. I am a very caring person but I can also be strict when I need to be.
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I am a recent graduate from Jefferson College with a degree in Health Sciences. I have a love for psychology and people with mental health diagnosis.
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I will be newly a newly licensed therapist working in a clinical setting such as this.
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I grew up as a navy brat, and I moved around a lot. I am still currently enrolled in school seeking my degree as a LCDC and LPC.
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My real strength is attention to detail and my ability to notice mistakes before they are made. I am patient when dealing with people and I enjoying taking time to teach and maybe even learnn something new.
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I have try other careers in my life and so far this is the only one that really feels like a career. I am mom a wife a sister, a friend and great psychiatric technician ;)
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I am a mother of two beautiful amazing girls. I am hard working. I have my bachelors in psychology. I want to be a social worker. I love helping others. I am a great listener and every obstacle that was put in my path I worked through them.
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I have a willing, servantlike demeanor with a desire to excell in life and the workplace, I take my occupation seriously and recognize the gravity of the position I hold in administering quality mental/physical healthcare utilizing skills learned as well as new and current nursing administartion protocols. I have strong morals and believe the human spirit is constantly learning and adapting to environments presented with. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals while increasing productivity personally and corporately at home and in the workplace. Working as a team is effective in reaching any outcome with success.
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I have two kids and a husband. I live in La verne CA. I conplited the program at mt sac.
Question 12 of 30
How do you prioritize when given multiple tasks?
Question 13 of 30
Why do you want to work for our company?
Question 14 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
Question 15 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 16 of 30
How would your coworkers describe you?
Question 17 of 30
Are you strong with documentation?
Question 18 of 30
What is your opinion on recreational therapy?
Question 19 of 30
How would your former employer describe you?
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Hard working and punctual. Always wanting to make sure the job was done effectively and efficiently. Always had a great attitude and willing to help others.
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Loyal, dependable, punctual, and team player.
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As a smart intelligent women that follows the rules is always on time and help with that needs to be done in the unit.
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Hard working, Diligent, Prompt, Attentive to detail, Conscientous, Willing, Determined, empathetic, knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Confident, Loyal, Driven, purposeful, unwavering, Punctual, Assertive, Fair, helpful, energetic, encouraging, eloquent, precise, gentle, supportive, team-player,
Question 20 of 30
Why are you the best psychiatric technician for this position?
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I am a great fit for this position because I have experience with these clients, im hard working, and eager to learn.
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I had my clinical rotation at this facility and I was always excited to get onto the unit to help and talk with the patients. I believe you need to want to come to work in order to give the best possible care. I always am willing to learn.
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I am best for this position because I am passionate about psychology and I am a very hard working individual, I am dedicated and a team player. I want to provide the best possible treatment for these individuals, I am compassionate and have the skill set to work with these types of people.
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I believe that I have the abilities and qualifications for the position having been working in the field for sometime. I am also a dedicated worker who goes above and beyond for my patients and place of employment.
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I am very knowledgeable in this field because of my work experience, and I have dealt with many different situations that included a variety of patients of different mental disorders.
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Because I work hard, love what I do and I am a team player.
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Because I have extensive experience in the medical field.
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I am willing and always ready to learn, I am safe to have and it is my number one piriorty always. I am patient and im ready to report and document anything that is positive or negative.
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I work very hard to pass the state boards and be able to understand patients and be a great team player at work.
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I am hard working, a team player and I have experience working with individuals with a mental illnes . And I truly care for others and want to help them.
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I have a working knowledge of patients, their needs, mental health profiles, strategies for building a healthy rapport with individuals, I am a team player and problem solver, experience with medication administration and have worked in a facility with criminal offenders, mentally disordered individuals, various mental profiles and a working knowledge of teamwork with psychologists, psychiatrists, case workers, nurses, doctors, social workers, rehab therapists etc.
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Because I want to help and work in what I really like.
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I have experience in highly stressful situations, I performed wonderfully.
Question 21 of 30
What brings you the most joy when helping or assisting a patient?
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The progress that a patient/client makes towards there goal.
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I get the most enjoyment when I have a connection with a patient, and they genuinely know and understand that I care about their well-being.
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Seeing the real person behind the psychotic patient.
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When I see that an individual feels safe.
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Seeing a positive progress happen because of me.
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That it could be me or one of my family member in the same situation and I want to do the best to help them and make sure they understand why are they lock up.
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To see even the littlest goal they set for themselves achieved.
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To actually see that they feel better or happier because I help.
Question 22 of 30
What is one thing about you, that you believe you could improve upon, to make yourself a better psychiatric technician?
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I need to learn to always keep your guard up at all times. These patients can change their behavior in a heart beat, at one moment they could be talking to you and then a switch will go off and they can become very agitated.
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I believe I could improve on my habit of always trying to be perfect.
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Continue my studies in this particular field so that I continue to be educated with new developments.
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I would need to know what the position requires and take a look at myself to know where I could improve. Knowing more about the job would be a good start.
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I believe I can become a stronger leader usually I'm not a leader but a follower or hard worker who do whats been told. But if I continue to be more determine and focus then I can be a better leader.
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I could have better understanding on multiple mental health issue's.
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I can make progress with my documenting skills writing important details and noting exact time.
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Have more experience passing out medications.
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Practicing patience and serenity in all situations striving for a positive outcome overall, realizing life is a journey filled with continuous adaptive learning experiences gained through co-workers as well as patients. Never stop Learning while maintaining humility and dedication.
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Planning ahead could use some touching up.
Question 23 of 30
When is the last time you had a disagreement with a coworker or doctor? How did you resolve the situation?
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It dealt with the correct dose of medication. We called the supervisor to help solve the confusion.
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There were times I felt certain situations were unfair, Ii asked to speak with a lead and expressed my feelings. My lead was very understanding and let me know she understood where I was coming from and we would always come to a resolution.
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I had a dissagree ment while interning at kings rehibiltation, they were not doing age appropriate activitys or something knowlegable so I worked with them by explainign that this new activity could teach them to manage money when going to the store by learing simple math.
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I haven't got a disagreement yet.
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Had a disagreement with co-worker about the method a patient was handled after escalation resulted in a take-down resulting in staff and patient injuries, A training was performed with the Unit Supervisor and all staff involved to discuss alternative courses of action with " hands-on" being the last resort action taken.
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Separated myself from him, and concentrated on my job.
Question 24 of 30
Have you ever made a recommendation to a doctor or psychiatrist? How was that recommendation received?
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I have never given recommendations to a doctor or psychiatrist, but only have given observations of daily activities and behavior to counselors and during treatment meetings.
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Yes, I have and it was received with consideration and with that recommendation learned some valuable information.
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NO I haven't but I know a doctor for years ever since I was a baby and I know that she would say positive feedback about me.
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Yes. He said to document on their file and that it was a good observation.
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No at my job we don't work with the doctors. But I have suggested things to my asst. Manager and Mangager how to improve our individuals goals. They take into considerations our suggestions and sometimes they are implemented and sometimes the parents or the individuals we care for don't like the suggestions.
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Yes, regarding possible alterations to treatment plans after conversing with patients' and listening to their symptoms as well as concerns, having to do either with a medication regimen, or counseling sessions, (Patient advocacy) In a team-setting these recommendations have been noted and acted upon in the best possible way keeping the mental, physical health and well-being of the patient at the forefront of any decision made.
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Yes. Wonderfully, the patient needed it.
Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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I know what illness they treat such as stress, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug dependency. They treat children, teens, and adults ages 6 and up. They are an inpatient facility that have 24 hour care clinics but many different treatment programs. Such as day treatments, intensive care, partial and acute patient treatments. They also provide a ECT treatment and have a postive self program called arrow program.
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I know this facility houses total care patients as well as patients how have dual diagnosis. The main goal is wanting to get the patients a normal life as possible so they can eventually re-enter society as a productive citizen.
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I know that it involves a disciplinary team that works together.
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I know that your facility is short term treatment and mainly used for stabilization and for adults only.
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I am aware that any patient who has exhibited mental health concerns and may become a threat to themselves or society may be taken into custody for evaluation.
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It is a teaching hospital with the latest in medical research.
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I heard a lot if great things about it. Good benefits and good staff.
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I educated myself on the hospital, so I know your organization well.
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I know that this hospital is to treat the mentall ill and to rehibiltate them so they can have a chance to go back to the population and so they can have the positive quatites citizens have.
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I know that people get lock up there to get treatment and once their lifes get restore they get evaluated and train to get release to live their lifes again.
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I know that this unit will be working with individuals with eating disorders and the focus is on maintaining a safe environment for the clients.
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As a substance abuse treatment center, I ascertain this organization has developed plans to combat the dependence on substances for functionality and has guidelines and procedures for different ways of coping with mental and physical health issues focusing on rehabilitating individuals towards being valued and productive members of society.
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I know that there is forensic population.
Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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I am a perfectionist. I need to know things are done right, to my standards therefore I take on many different things at once. I am improving by relying on my coworkers more.
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The unknown. Everyday it is something different, you have to be completely aware of your surroundings and the state of mind of all your patients at all times.
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I am shy and quiet in a new environment, I like to observe the operations, policies, and procedures of a facility so I am aware of how to conduct myself and follow them correctly.
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I would have to say talking with people so I practice it every day going out of my way to make conversation with people.
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Maybe overcoming my shyness when approaching something sometimes. I have been approving on becoming more firm when needed.
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My greatest weakness is expecting my fellow co-workers to have the same expectations in work ethic as I do, I am improving this by being more understanding that there are more than one way to accomplish work associated tasks the right way.
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Greatest weakness is my ability to work under pressure, I find it difficult to work and provide my best when I am pressured by staff or patients. I am working on being assertive and putting up my guard to fish what needs to be done first priority.
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I tend to procastinate ... I am keeping an agenda handy and doing better.
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Being kind sometimes people take it as a weakness. I don't want to change be kind but I want people to respect me and not run all over me because I'm kind. So I'm working on being kind but firm.
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My greatest weakness use to be doing others job for them and letting take credit but I have since stopped being that person..I have learned to sit back and let others try their task at hand first and if I see them struggling step in to help but not to do their task for them.
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I tend to get impatient with jobs not completed with integrity, or not to the best of someone's ability, Careless attitudes, I am learning methods to productively offer solutions and workstyles that benefit the employee as well as the employer collectively.
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Mt biggest weakness might be that I could prioritize my time better so that nothing becomes too overwhelming. It helps if I write things down and set alarms for myself so that everything gets completeD in a timely fashion.
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I am not organised, I am trying to be more organised by doing little changes.
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I can be too nice at times. I keep an "outside the box" perspective on my situation at all times.
Question 27 of 30
Name a time when your patience was tested.
User-Submitted Answers
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I plan to finish mt LCDC License and become a LPC
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My career goal is to eventually bridge to RN program and future my education.
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To always move forward, to never get content.
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I am hoping for advance ment here at the hospital and going to school go gather my ranges.
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I would like to become a senior Psychiatric Technician.
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I want to be a social worker mostly working with children but I would be happy working with and age group in any situation.
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To be the best at what I do and excelling in my current profession while possibly studying other areas such as Registered Nursing, Psychology, Or substance abuse counseling.
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To have the highest level on my ladder possible.
Question 28 of 30
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference as our newest psychiatric technician?
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Using my background skills, listening, communicating in an effective manner, being ready to learn, adapt myself and having a team work spirit.
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By being a positive influence to my co workers and an asset not a liability.
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I plan to use all my skills and knowledge in helping better the facility in anyway I can.
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I am hoping I can make a difference by working in an organized fashion and making positve pprogress while providing thereaputice safe enviroment.
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Help patients be productive and assist with their daily living as much as possible to help them become more independent.
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Constantly utilizing successful modes of treatment while keeping an open mind to adding and implementing innovative approaches to management of assaultive behavior, nursing practices, mental health protocols, medication administration techniques, patient/staff interaction, team-building exercises and trainings, focus on safety among patient and coworkers, basic lifesaving techniques and trainings, Building rapport with patients and coworkers, maintaining a therapeutic milieu at all times. Safety, safety, safety.
Question 29 of 30
Being a psychiatric technician is a very emotionally demanding career. How do you handle stress and pressure?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would try to remain calm and work things out by the way it is taken care of in the instructions.
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I think that pressure is important and helpful to a certain extent. I think it helps you stay on your toes and on top of assignments and tasks. However, pressure can turn into stress and I handle stress by assessing the situation, then prioritizing the tasks or actions that need to be taken to solve the problem. I try to respond to the situation instead of the stress. I try to take the path of least harm but still do the things that are need to solve the problem or reduce the stress in the situation.
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I try and diffuse any animosity by being firm fair and consistent in any situation.
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Make sure I am not overwelmed by taking a deep breath and.
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I take a deep breath count maybe till 10... And help as much as possible.
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As calmly as possible, utilizing coping skills and stress management techniques while maintaining professional conduct at all times, learning from past incidents/situations to better prepare for stressful instances. Coping Skills/S.M.
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I have a list in my head of what to do already. Keep calm.
Question 30 of 30
Describe your ideal work environment.

About Psychiatric Technicians

March 20th, 2017

As a Psychiatric Technician you are mental health employee that provide hands-on care to people with varying degrees of mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. You perform a vital front-line function observing, treating and interacting with patients. You are the eyes, ears and hands for the doctor. You report back on how the treatment is working or any unusual symptoms that needs professional attention by the Psychiatrist. As a Psychiatric Technician you assist in planning and implementing patient treatment plans. You may be responsible for admitting and interviewing patients, record-keeping, administering medications or assisting in it, and conducting therapy sessions.

A few basic skills that you will need to know as a Psychiatric Technician are basic nursing skills, ability to administer medication, perform treatment evaluation and education for your patients as well as their families. Because patients need care 24 hours a day you may work nights and weekends. You'll spend most of the day on your feet and the work can be emotionally draining so you'll need to be resilient and flexible. Certifications can be earned by a high school graduate but the pay and level will be determined by your postsecondary education.

You'll need to do your homework before your interview. Find out what population you'll be serving so you'll know what skills and past work history to bring to the table when asking specific questions. Tell the interviewer about your interpersonal and observational skills. Great eye contact and a clear speaking voice will be important during your interview. You'll answer interview questions through specific brief stories to show your patience and physical stamina you displayed with your patients.

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