Psychiatric Technician (QMHA)

Psychiatric Technician (QMHA)

Albertina Kerr Centers | Portland, OR, 97230, US

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Job Details Job Location Campus - Subacute - Portland, OR Salary Range $20.25 - $20.25 Hourly Job Category Children's Mental Health Services Description

Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. Kerr utilizes Collaborative Problem Solving in helping children with behavioral challenges. This strength-based model fosters the understanding that kids do well if they can.


As a Psychiatric Technician who is QMHA registered or eligible, you will provide direct care and support to children and adolescents experiencing an acute psychiatric episode. This is an extraordinary opportunity to enter or grow your career in the mental health field. Youll facilitate skills groups and education groups, guide structured recreational activities, and support the children and adolescents we serve in their daily activities.


Our Children's Psychiatric Crisis (Subacute) program offers short-time, safe, and secure residential placement for children and teens who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Services focus on mental health stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, and transitional planning with an average length of stay around three weeks. Common diagnoses include major depression, suicide ideation, and anxiety. You'll support a diverse population, including transgender and nonbinary youth as part of an impactful, multidisciplinary team.


All Kerr employees are required to be fully vaccinated or meet the requirements for a medical or religious exception prior to beginning work.


Essential Duties

  • Conducts evaluations and assessments of clients.
  • Ensures clients personal safety and provide with basic needs: adequate food, clean clothing, and assistance in areas of hygiene when needed.
  • Consults treatment plan to implement appropriate care for developmental needs.
  • Teaches social skills and provides appropriate opportunities for socialization.
  • Facilitates educational groups and therapeutic skills groups for clients.
  • Consistently fulfills the duties of a mandatory abuse reporter.
  • Documents notes and carries out incident reporting.
  • Performs safe-guarding interventions.
  • Completes cleaning and housekeeping tasks.



  • Paid medical, dental, and vision employee benefits
  • Paid basic life & accident insurance and short- & long-term disability
  • Paid internal training and career development
  • Paid holidays and generous time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with up to 4% employer match
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) that provides resources for everything from mental health to pet insurance and financial counselling
  • Satisfies employment requirement for student loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF)
  • Meets requirements to register as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). Visit MHACBO for more details.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in working with clients with high level of behavioral acuity and understanding of age specific child development.
  • Ability to interact effectively with clients, families, and peers.
  • Adept problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills, and capacity to learn new operating systems and applications.
  • Basic math skills.