2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Mental Health Assisting Careers (8332/36 weeks, 280 hours)
Tasks/competencies when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.are considered optional
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
- Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
- Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
- Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
- Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
- Demonstrate customer-service skills.
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills
Examining All Aspects of an Industry
- Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
- Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
- Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
- Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.
Addressing Elements of Student Life
- Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
- Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
Functioning as a Member of the Mental Healthcare Team
- Explore the evolution of U.S. mental health care delivery.
- Differentiate among the types of mental health facilities.
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of each member of the mental healthcare team.
- Identify roles and limitations of assistive personnel in the mental healthcare field.
- Explain the qualifications needed for success as a mental healthcare professional.
Understanding Mental Illness
- Differentiate between mental health and mental illness.
- Explain the development of personality.
- Explain defense mechanisms.
- Identify major types of anxiety disorders.
- Identify major types of affective disorders.
- Identify major types of psychotic disorders.
- Identify major types of personality disorders.
- Identify major types of substance abuse.
- Identify eating disorders.
- Identify major types of developmental anomalies and disorders.
- Identify conditions associated with confusion and dementia.
Fulfilling Environmental and Legal Responsibilities
- Explain institutional policies and procedures that impact the assistant in mental health care.
- Explain legal policies affecting the MHT.
- Identify methods of assisting patients in exercising and protecting their rights.
- Explain the importance of hand hygiene and Standard Precautions.
- Describe the procedures for responding to medical emergencies and mental health crises in the mental healthcare setting.
- Discuss procedures for maintaining the safety of the patient during outings, social events, and other activities.
- Define various legal holds and when they might be used.
Developing Communication and Human Relation Skills
- Communicate effectively with patients, staff, and non-facility personnel.
- Interpret the meaning of nonverbal behavior.
- Describe therapeutic interactions for the MHT.
- Facilitate interaction between patients and visitors.
- Identify methods of conflict resolution.
- Explain specific techniques for managing stress.
Planning and Administering Assistive Care
- Explain the role of the MHT in the delivery of care and treatment of various types of mental illness.
- Observe patient progress.
- Provide physical and emotional care in accordance with the patient’s individual treatment plan.
- Record patient’s physical and behavioral status.
- Prepare patient reports as required.
- Identify behavior that signals impending crisis, including suicidal and assaultive behavior.
- Explain the assault cycle.
- Explain effective responses to assaultive behaviors.
- Differentiate between seclusion and time-out.
- Demonstrate proper hand-washing technique.
- Demonstrate infection control measures (as required by Virginia Nursing Board regulation).
- Explain principles of infection control (as required by the Virginia Board of Nursing regulation).
- Demonstrate double-bagging technique.
- Demonstrate safety procedures in various healthcare scenarios (as regulated by the Virginia Board of Nursing regulation).
- Change gown, mask, and gloves.
Assisting Patients with Rehabilitation
- Identify patient daily activities and the role of the MHT in these activities.
- Assist with recreational activities.
- Escort patient to and from activities.
- Identify measures for responding when a patient is missing.
- Explain how to assist a patient with money management.
- Assist a patient with school activities, if a student.
- Assist in conducting rehabilitative group activities.
Describing the Opioid Crisis
Examining the Key Factors of Drug Addiction
- Examine the science of addiction.
- Explain prevention and early intervention strategies.
- Identify addiction and its behavioral elements, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
- Describe the treatment models of addiction therapy.
- Describe the medication management antidote used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.
Understanding Pain Management Protocols
- Explain the science of physiological and mental pain.
- Describe the diagnostic tools used in developing pain management plans.
- Describe pain treatment options available to various populations of patients.
- Describe the effects of opioid dependency on the human body systems.
- Explain the mechanism and physical effects of opioids on the human body.
- Explain the use of opioids in practice settings, the role of opioids in pain management, and risk factors associated with the use of the medication.
- Describe the withdrawal and tapering side effects of opioid use.
- Describe storage and disposal options for opioids.
- Explain community resources for education about opioid use.