Psychiatric Technician
Job Details
Campus - Subacute - Portland, OR
Full Time (30+ hours per week)
Not Specified
$16.50 - $18.56 Hourly
All Shifts
Children's Mental Health Services

As a Psychiatric Technician, you will work within an interdisciplinary team including Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Child and Family Therapists, Registered Nurses, and others to provide direct care and support to the children and adolescents experiencing an acute psychiatric episode. This is an extraordinary opportunity to enter the mental health field and gain experience facilitating skills groups, guiding structured recreational activities, and supporting the clients we serve in their daily activities.

Albertina Kerr utilizes Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidenced-based and trauma-informed approach to helping children with behavioral challenges. This strength-based model fosters the understanding that “kids do well if they can.”

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. When you join Kerr, you become part of a team motivated to provide innovative and excellent programs, services and care.

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

  • Ensures client’s personal safety.
  • Consistently fulfills the duties of a mandatory abuse reporter.
  • Responds to potential health concerns per agency policy.
  • Obtains appropriate authorization for special procedures.
  • Provides clients 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 for clients.
  • Facilitates therapeutic skills groups for clients.
  • Conducts evaluations and assessments of clients.
  • Responsible for filing documentation in client’s charts.
  • Responsible for conducting safety checks of the clients.
  • Responsible for laundering the linens

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


  • Paid medical, dental, and vision employee benefits
  • Paid basic life & accident insurance and short- & long-term disability
  • Paid internal training and career development
  • 7 paid holidays and generous time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • 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)


  • Basic math skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to relate effectively with people served.
  • Ability to meet agency driving requirements preferred.
  • Ability to lift, push and pull up to 75lbs.
  • Ability to stand or move about; use of arms raised in an unsupported position; periods of twisting from side to side at the waist; perform similar repetitive hand operations or other fatiguing demands for over five hours per day.
  • Ability to  respond effectively to critical situations
  • Ability to lift, push and pull up to 75lbs.
  • Psychiatric Technician II: Meet requirements of a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) by having the following credentials: a bachelor's degree in a social services or related field (e.g. human services, social services, behavioral science, social science, etc.); or, have 3 years of experience in a mental health setting