The students will:
1. Describe the role and function of the psychiatric techician as well
as the role and function of other members of the treatment team.
2. Describe identified standards for health care professionals.
3. State the legal rights of patients and the critieria for the various
involuntary commitment procedures.
4. Describe the elements of communication and the communication
techniques that will develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship
5. State the major, significant elements that distinguish a mentally
healthy person from a mentally ill person.
6. Recognize and describe the dynamics and behavioral manifestations
of patients with psychiatric disorders.
7. Describe principles of observation in any patient contact, through
consideration of what is seen and heard to identify emotional,
physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychosocial needs of the
8. Describe guidelines and principals of documentation in reference to
9. Develop written treatment plans, utilizing appropriate assessment
criteria and measurable behavioral objectives.
10. Describe elements necessary to maintain a therapeutic ward milieu.
11. Describe various psychiatric and rehabilitative treatment modalities.
12. Describe the characteristics, therapeutic and adverse effects of
the commonly used psychotropic medications.
13. Develop an awareness of self which will enable the student to
recognize stressors affecting their personal and professional life
and demonstrate an ability to utilize coping skills effectively.
14. Recognize the importance of further professional and self growth.
1. Professional ethics, legal issues, commitment procedures.
2. Overview of mental health and of psychiatry.
3. Communication theory, interpersonal and therapeutic communication.
4. The therapeutic relationship, nursing process and documentation.
5. Developing psychiatric nursing care plans.
6. Mental status assessment, observation, reporting and recording.
7. Psychopharmacology, psychotropic medications.
8. Psychiatric disorders.
9. Treatment modalities.
1. Reading assignments in preparation for each lecture from required
texts and library. 40-50 pages per week.
2. Required viewing of films and audio-visual media related to specific
content, approximately one per week, completion of study questions
on each film.
3. Required reading of supplemental book and reaction paper on that
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
5 - 20%
|Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, Study questions||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
5 - 10%
|Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
5 - 5%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
50 - 85%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, A PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPROACH, Keltner, Schwacke,
NURSING 95, Drug Handbook.
HEALING THE CHILD WITHIN, Whitfield. 1986
PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN PROGRAM SYLLABUS, PT74/74L by Benedict, Boyd,