Intern-Behavioral Health Technician

Internship

ACTS is committed to the health and safety of our workforce and persons served. At this time, ACTS is requiring all potential employees and interns to be fully vaccinated before their first date of employment

This is a undergraduate student practicum, internship, or field placement in a direct care position in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mental health or juvenile justice services.  

LOCATION:  Tampa, FL

Pre-requisite Requirements:

Currently enrolled in an  undergraduate degree program in social work, counseling, psychology or other human services field and working under a formal learning contract or similar agreement with a university.

 Scope of Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, adheres to agency model and documentation for admissions, treating persons with co-occurring disorders and orientation. Carries out tasks associated with laundry, a clean living environment, and ensures safety of clients receiving services.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Working under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, interns:

Demonstrates a general knowledge of program professional plan, program policies and procedures. Performs and documents pre-admission searches, and informs designated personnel of bruises, etc. and searches clients? property for contraband. Makes frequent rounds of facility to insure adequate safeguards and client safety are maintained. Facilitates/complies with emergency preparedness ? monthly mock scenario emergency drills.

Communicates regularly with clients, co-workers/shift supervisors and others as appropriate, and engages clients to talk about their mental illness and substance misuse. Observes clients for changes in behavior, monitors activities of clients, motivates clients to participate in activities, and also guides and advises clients in their personal adjustment utilizing verbal de-escalation techniques. Interprets the client handbook for clients as needed; applies applicable rules and regulations to clients.

Assists clients in preparing for court appearances or other outside activities, and implements supportive, psycho-educational and recreational groups. Advises and guides clients on personal hygiene habits. Monitors and tracks compliance with self-administered medication process if instructed. Oversees collection of urine specimen for drug screens and may complete and record vital signs as assigned. Assists clients in gathering/obtaining personal property when discharged.

Documents individual contacts, daily case notes, incident and injury reports and grievances. Answers phones and provides other administrative support as needed. Builds new case files and breaks down discharged client case files.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.