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Become A Mental Health Assistant

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Working As A Mental Health Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Mental Health Assistant does

  • Orient new patients after admission.
  • Performed clerical duties, such as word processing, data entry, answering phones and filing.
  • Plan, organize and co-facilitate group activities appropriate to the children's age and level of functioning.
  • Assisted with the implementation of treatment programs and carried out any independent living skills activities.
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
  • Document and log vital signs, patient information, as well as, personal belongings in patient charts.
  • Teach Daily Living Skills, Enhance the Patients Socials Skills and Provide Recreational Therapy.
  • record and chart vital signs change linen and serve meals
  • Performed simple nursing tasks including vital signs and CPR.
  • Assist in providing case management services to residents in accordance with individual treatment plans, goals and philosophy of the residents.
  • Provided basic care for residents afflicted with mental health issues in a home setting.
  • Admitted and discharged patients, facilitated therapeutic groups daily, vital signs, crisis interventions
  • Collected and scanned proof of income documents Coordinated client transition appointments with medical staff.
  • Provided direct patient care to children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders.
  • Provided and assisted individuals and families of North Florida in recovery from emotional, psychiatric, and substance abuse.
  • Assist clients in a residential forensic unit suffering from mental illnesses under the direction of the charge nurse.
  • Worked with population with various developmental disabilities.
  • Assisted with clients ADLs Prepared meals
  • Group Therapist/Mental Health Worker (Held groups: D&A; Social Skills; Coping Skills etc.).
  • Provide patient supervision, care and activities services with professional staff direction and unit procedures.

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How To Become A Mental Health Assistant

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Real Mental Health Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mental Health Services Assistant Director St. Anne's Los Angeles, CA Aug 26, 2010 $60,300
Mental Health Assistant Klamath Child and Family Treatment Center Klamath Falls, OR Oct 01, 2010 $26,088 -
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Mental Health Assistant/Junior M &W Registry New York, NY Feb 10, 2009 $22,122
Mental Health Assistant M &W Registry New York, NY Jun 06, 2008 $22,122

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Top Skills for A Mental Health Assistant

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Top Mental Health Assistant Skills

  1. Mental Health Issues
  2. Individual Treatment Plans
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided guidance and emotional support to patients receiving treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse.
  • Followed individual treatment plans for students and clients and often worked within very intense/dangerous situations.
  • Perform crisis intervention techniques for clients that were uncontrollable and had to be restrained on unit.
  • Helped residents with daily living skills, personal communication and reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Monitor vital signs and assist patients with activities of daily living.

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