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Behavioral Health Technician Training: Empowering Compassionate Care and Positive Impact

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Join EMTPKY & Make a difference as a behavioral health technician

Are you passionate about helping individuals struggling with mental health challenges? Do you aspire to make a positive impact on their lives and contribute to their journey towards recovery? Look no further than EMTPKY! We are offering an incredible opportunity to become a Behavioral Health Technician and embark on a rewarding career in the mental health field.

Behavioral Health Technicians play an important role in assisting Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and other Mental Health professionals. Being certified in this career brings forth many opportunities to work in a variety of facilities from Treatment Centers, Hospitals, Residential treatment facilities, Psychologist offices to private home care and much more!

Behavioral Health Technicians observe patients, listen to their concerns, check vital signs, administer medication under the direction of medical staff and help with daily patient needs. When a patient’s mood or behavior changes, a technician must be able to appropriately assess, modify the patient’s actions and alert medical professionals. This field is growing exponentially and will provide you with a rewarding career!

What does a behavioral health technician do?

As a Behavioral Health Technician, you will play a crucial role in providing compassionate care and support to individuals experiencing mental health disorders. Your responsibilities will vary depending on the specific position within the field, including Mental Health Tech, Peer Support Specialist, Residential Aid, or Recovery Specialist. Let’s explore what each role entails:
  • Mental Health Tech:

    • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to implement treatment plans.
    • Monitor and document patients’ behaviors, progress, and any significant changes.
    • Assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
    • Provide emotional support and crisis intervention when necessary.
    • Facilitate group therapy sessions and therapeutic activities.
  • Peer Support Specialist:

    • Draw from personal lived experiences to offer guidance and support to individuals in recovery.
    • Act as a role model, sharing coping skills and strategies for managing mental health challenges.
    • Foster a safe and empathetic environment for open discussions and mutual understanding.
    • Advocate for clients’ rights and help them navigate community resources.
    • Assist in developing and maintaining individualized recovery plans.
  • Residential Aid:

    • Ensure the safety and well-being of residents in a residential facility.
    • Assist with daily tasks, such as meal preparation, medication management, and household chores.
    • Provide emotional support and encourage a supportive community within the residence.
    • Implement behavior management techniques and crisis intervention strategies.
    • Collaborate with the treatment team to develop and implement individualized care plans.
  • Recovery Specialist:

    • Guide individuals in their journey towards recovery from substance abuse or addiction.
    • Conduct assessments to identify strengths, challenges, and treatment goals.
    • Develop and facilitate group therapy sessions focusing on addiction recovery.
    • Educate clients on relapse prevention strategies and healthy coping mechanisms.
    • Collaborate with other professionals to provide comprehensive care and support.

how much does a behavioral health technician make?

The median annual wage for psychiatric aides was $30,260 in May 2021.

The median annual wage for psychiatric technicians was $36,570 in May 2021.

JOB OUTLOOK for behavioral health technicians

Overall employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 16,500 openings for psychiatric technicians and aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Discover the Perfect Program for You at EMTPKY!

EMTPKY offers a wide range of programs that may align better with your interests and career goals. Explore these exciting options:

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant:

    • Gain comprehensive skills in clinical procedures, patient care, and medical office administration.
    • Assist physicians with examinations, perform basic lab tests, and administer medications.
    • Learn medical coding, billing, and electronic health record management.
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant:

    • Focus on the administrative side of healthcare and develop essential office management skills.
    • Acquire knowledge in medical terminology, patient scheduling, billing, and insurance processing.
    • Become proficient in managing electronic health records and maintaining patient confidentiality.
  • Dental Assistant:

    • Work alongside dentists, providing chairside assistance during dental procedures.
    • Perform various tasks such as preparing patients, taking X-rays, and sterilizing instruments.
    • Learn about oral health, dental office operations, and patient communication.
  • EKG Technician:

    • Specialize in conducting electrocardiograms (EKGs) to assess heart function.
    • Master the art of applying electrodes, recording and analyzing heart rhythms, and recognizing abnormalities.
    • Play a crucial role in diagnosing cardiovascular conditions and assisting healthcare professionals.
  • Medical Coding and Billing:

    • Develop expertise in accurately coding medical diagnoses and procedures for billing purposes.
    • Learn coding systems such as ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS.
    • Understand insurance claim submission, reimbursement processes, and healthcare compliance.
  • IV Certification:

    • Acquire specialized knowledge in intravenous (IV) therapy and administration.
    • Learn proper techniques for inserting and maintaining IV lines.
    • Understand the importance of infection control, medication administration, and patient safety.
  • Patient Care Technician:

    • Expand your skills in patient care, including vital signs monitoring, assisting with daily activities, and providing emotional support.
    • Gain knowledge in phlebotomy, EKGs, and basic medical procedures.
    • Prepare for a versatile role in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities.
  • Phlebotomy Technician:

    • Focus on the art of drawing blood samples and performing venipuncture procedures.
    • Develop expertise in proper specimen collection, handling, and laboratory documentation.
    • Learn about infection control, patient interaction, and safety protocols.
  • State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA):

    • Enter the healthcare field as a nursing assistant, providing direct care to patients.
    • Learn essential skills in bathing, feeding, transferring, and monitoring patients’ well-being.
    • Prepare for a rewarding career in hospitals, nursing homes, and home healthcare settings.


At EMTPKY, we believe in finding the right path for each individual. Explore our diverse range of programs and discover the perfect fit for your career aspirations. Join us today and embark on an exciting journey towards a fulfilling healthcare profession!

Our allied health education class schedule


CCMA Day Class

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Begins: 9/3/2024



CCMA Night Class

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights 6:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Begins: 10/28/2024

CCMA Online Class

Hybrid- 2 days a month; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Begins: 10/4/24

Lab Dates: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/9, & 12/20


Medical Administrative Assistant Online

Begins: Open Enrollment

IV Therapy Certification

Fridays AM session 9am-1pm PM session 2pm-6pm
Begins: 7/26/24

Depending on the class size you will be placed in AM/PM session






Behavioral Health Tech Online

Begins: CMA Module: Day class begins 10/10/2023 OR night class begins 12/5/2023

Class completed online


EKG Tech Day Class

Monday – Thursday; 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Begins: 8/12/24

EKG Tech Night Class

Monday – Wednesday nights; 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
Begins: 8/26/2024

EKG Tech Online Class

Begins: 8/3/24

Class completed online with 3 on campus lab days.

(8/3/2024, 8/24/2024, 9/14/2024)


Phlebotomy Day Class

Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Begins: 10/8/24

Phlebotomy Night Class

Monday – Wednesday, 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
Begins: 2/17/2025

Phlebotomy Saturday Class

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Medical Billing and Coding Online

Begins: Open Enrollment

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SRNA Online Class

10 am
Begins: 8/9/24

Lab days: 2 on campus dates
Clinical days: 2 on campus dates


SRNA Weekday Class

Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.
Begins: To be determined







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