I'm not so sure shadowing is impossible. I mean, you cannot sit in on someone's psychoanalysis, but not sure why you couldn't follow a psychiatrist around the psych wards of a hospital, if s/he and the patients allow it.speedyk said:Obviously shadowing is out of the question... what clinic experience can you get?
I can just see the fun in trying to ask the patients whether they would allow it.Law2Doc said:I'm not so sure shadowing is impossible. I mean, you cannot sit in on someone's psychoanalysis, but not sure why you couldn't follow a psychiatrist around the psych wards of a hospital, if s/he and the patients allow it.
I worked as one for two years - only one of the other techs had an undergraduate degree in psychology. They can be called different things in different hospitals; where I worked, I was called a "Mental Health Worker", elsewhere they can be called "Milieu Therapists". In that capacity, I monitored vital signs, administered MMSE's and GDS's (Geriatric Depression Scales), ran groups and 1:1 sessions, charted patient progress, etc., etc.obrn said:Check into what is required to become a mental health tech. Often in in-patient settings, there are just one or two RN's and several mental health techs. The MHT's take a patient load, and do a lot with the patients. I don't know if there are classes that you need to take for this, but I would contact a local psychiatric hospital or unit and check with them -- it can be somewhat of a high turnover job, so I would imagine that if you aren't too picky about what area you want to work in (you don't have to work on an adolescent psych or something) then you could probably find a job without too much difficulty.