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Psychiatric Technician

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: December 21, 2015 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07779057462
Salary Range: $14.50 - $17.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Nampa

The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC) in Nampa, Idaho is currently seeking Psychiatric Technicians.

SWITC is an IFC/ID residential facility for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Incumbents in this position will be expected to be able to provide training and support to individuals with challenging behaviors and be able to physically intervene if needed to provide safety. 

This position involves lifting and transferring clients weighing approximately 50 pounds and assisting in moving adult clients.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. Additionally, applicants will be required to pass a background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.

This announcement may be used to fill permanent, temporary, and/or part-time vacancies as they occur. When updating your online application, please select all job type/shift preferences you would be willing to accept.  


  • Provide social skills training, calming techniques, and other coping strategies to individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness who may behave violently and aggressively toward you and others.
  • Intervene in crisis or potentially harmful situations by using specific early intervention techniques and/or physical restraining techniques.
  • Provide training and support to complete all activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, cooking, cleaning, etc.)
  • Interact with clients to model and encourage appropriate behavior and to address aggressive behavior.
  • Conduct well-defined therapeutic training sessions on a one-to-one and group basis.
  • Maintain the safety of clients, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations.
  • Interact with clients to encourage appropriate behavior and to control aggressive behavior.
  • Interact with clients to provide social skills training in areas such as: social interaction; leisure time activities; planning and decision making; and money management.
  • Identify and report changes in client behavior and health.
  • Take, record, and report sleep patterns, diet information, behaviors and training progress.
  • Maintain client progress records.
  • Engage in physical activities (exercise and sports) with clients for up to an hour at a time.
  • Participate in on and off campus training. 
  • Assist and/or support unsteady, ambulatory adults of varying weights.
  • Lift and transfer clients; lift and carry items weighing approximately 50 pounds.
  • Respond to emergency situations such as fire evacuation or the administration of first aid and/or CPR.
  • Monitor and assess safety and security of clients and facilities within their environment, and take action in crisis situations.
  • Maintain the environment by performing basic housekeeping duties.
  • Frequently perform tasks that require you to bend, push and pull wheeled and other items, twist and squat, use both left and right arms, use right and left hands and wrists, and reach above your shoulders. In addition, you must be able to lift up to 50 pounds while performing the above mentioned tasks, and you may be required to pursue clients to ensure safety.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of human services to include psychology, nursing, or social work. Typically gained by satisfactory completion of the psychiatric technician training program as determined by the appointing authority, or comparable accreditation or training.
  • Experience with behavior management for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disabilities.


There is an exam for this position to determine an applicant’s eligibility. Click the “Preview Exam” button below to review the exam. You must receive a score of 100 to pass this exam. If at any time during the screening/testing process your response or resume do not support the answers you provided, your name will be removed from the register.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, please select Health and Welfare under "Agencies," ALL job type/shift preferences you would be willing to accept under "Job Type/Shift" and Nampa under "Cities."


Preview Exam

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.