Mental Health Services Technician

Program Level: Continuing Education
Department: Workforce Training Network
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: PAC

The primary role of the Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) is providing direct and support services to clients. Specifically, the three main functions of the BHT are:

1. supervision of the clients,
2. ensuring their participation in treatment-related services and facilitating psycho-educational and
3. recreational activities, and management of the client population within the facility.

For more information, call 210-486-3325.

Mental Health Services Technician

Prepare to enter the field of the mental health services as an entry-level technician. Learn the philosophy, goals and organizational practices of mental health services in Texas; client rights; behavior identification; personal safety; prevention of abuse and neglect and more. Develop your skills in the provision of basic care to mental health clients. Learn about mental disorders, universal precautions, vital signs, observation and charting patient behavior, preventative management of aggressive behavior, patient rights, confidentiality, hygiene, and communication.


Psychiatric Technician

Learn about the pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the lifespan. Topics include etiology, symptoms, and the physical and psychological reactions to diseases and injuries.



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Abnormal Behavior

Explore and identify maladaptive behavior including characteristics, classification, diagnosis, and treatment modalities. Topics include factors associated with defining and identifying abnormal behavior.

Pharmacology for Health Professions

Learn drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, routes of administration, and calculation of dosages.

  • David Rutkoski 

    Phone: 210-486-3411
    Campus: Palo Alto College (PAC)
    Building: Sabine Hall (SABINE) Room 115

  • Campus: Palo Alto College (PAC)
    Building:  Palomino Center (PC) 103 
    Phone: (210) 21ALAMO 
                  (210) 212-5266

  • Angela Garcia 

    Phone: 210-486-3325
    Campus: Palo Alto College (PAC)
    Building: Sabine Hall (SABINE) Room 101