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Behavioral Health Technicians

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A good way to learn if this type of work is for you is by volunteering at a mental health organization or a clinic within a hospital or school. Many health organizations offer volunteer opportunities to help with recreational and other types of activities with clients. Visit the Web sites of the organizations that interest you and search the events and volunteer sections for listings. A part-time or summer job as an assistant to a behavioral health or mental health professional is also an excellent way to learn firsthand what the day-to-day responsibilities are while gaining valuable work experience. The minimum age requirements for volunteer and part-time or summer work in the mental health industry will vary depending on the type of employer; for some, 18 years old may be the minimum, while others may require candidates to be at least 21 years old. Another excellent way to gain a better understanding of this profession is through an informational interview with a behavioral health technician. Ask your school’s career services office for help securing an interview.

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