Unlicensed Behavioral Health Careers

 
Unlicensed Behavioral Health Careers

Unlicensed behavioral health careers refer to those medical services that offer a continuum of care to individuals suffering from, mental, behavioral or addictive disorders and do not require state licensure in order to practice.
 

Psychiatric Technician

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health related field or a high school diploma and at least one (1) year of relevant experience in a behavioral health setting.
 
License Requirements: No licensing requirements.
 
Typical Duties: Psychiatric Technicians serve several essential roles in a psychiatric setting including:  
  • Provides direct and indirect patient care under the direction of a registered nurse
  • Observes and reports patient’s relevant affect, behavior and conversations to the treatment team and registered nurse
  • Provides for the personal care and comfort of patients
  • Provides a clean, safe environment and maintains equipment and supplies
  • Assists with the development and implementation of psych-educational, goal setting and activity groups as directed by the registered nurse
 

Adolescent Care Worker 

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health related field or a post-secondary education and at least two (2) years of relevant experience in a behavioral health setting working with children/adolescents. 
 
This experience can include group home, psychiatric or chemical dependency in an inpatient or outpatient setting, juvenile correction facility, community-based services for a child or adolescent population or prior experience in the development, implementation, evaluation and modification of psycho-educational groups and activities.

License Requirements: No licensing requirements.
 
Typical Duties: Much like psychiatric technicians, adolescent care workers serve several essential roles, but in a pediatric psychiatric setting. These roles include: 
  • Providing direct and indirect patient care under the direction of a registered nurse
  • Observing and reporting patient’s relevant affect, behavior and conversations to the treatment team and registered nurse
  • Providing for the personal care and comfort of patients
  • Providing a clean, safe environment and maintaining equipment and supplies
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of psych-educational, goal setting and activity groups as directed by the registered nurse

Learn More About Unlicensed Careers in
Behavioral Health

Contact the Career Services Department at your local university for more information. ​