What to Know When Working At an Inpatient Institution

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Working in inpatient institutions can be a stressful and emotionally challenging position. It can also be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. Treatment facilities across the nation are hiring administrators, medical technicians, therapists,  clinicians, and support staff to aid their patients in reaching their recovery goals and living their best lives. If this sounds like something you want to do, continue reading to learn what it is like working inpatient institution jobs.  

The Behavioral Health Jobs website includes hundreds of jobs at treatment facilities, government agencies, K-12 schools, universities, and other organizations. Our search options allow you to filter by job category, job type, experience level, distance from home, and posting date so you can get a more personalized list of available jobs.  

If you are interested in finding a job at an inpatient institution, check out all of the mental health treatment jobs on the Behavioral Health Jobs website today.  

Working at an Inpatient Institution 

Addiction and other types of mental health disorders affect millions of people of all ages. In the U.S., the age group with the highest rates of mental health disorders is 18-34 year-olds, with 50% reporting some type of mental health disorder. The second-highest group is 35-44  year-olds at 45%. This age group experienced the highest increase in mental health disorders of all age groups since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Working at an inpatient institution requires a special mix of hard and soft skills. Your patients are experiencing significant hardships that interfere with their everyday lives. You are responsible for helping these people recover and rebuild. To do this effectively, you will need to learn medical technologies and terms along with other advanced hard skills.  

In addition to having a strong desire to help people, some of the required soft skills that all inpatient institution employees need to have include: 

  • Able to express empathy and compassion 
  • Inclusivity 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Able to think clearly during crises 
  • Stress management 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Ethical judgment and integrity 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Patience and flexibility 

The minimum education level for most technical and clinical roles requires a bachelor’s degree, with more senior-level positions requiring a master’s, doctorate, or Ph.D. Some institutions may require special certifications for any position that monitors, treats, or diagnoses patients.  

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, has three levels of certifications for addiction professionals: 

  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I) 
  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II) 
  • Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) 

On the Behavioral Health Jobs website job search page, under Job Category, select Inpatient Institution under All Institution Types to generate a list of jobs at inpatient treatment facilities. From there, you can begin finding the jobs that suit your experience level and specialized care. 

Inpatient Institution Jobs 

Inpatient treatment facilities create tailored and intensive treatment plans that help them treat all types of substance abuse and mental health disorders. In order to provide a safe and supportive environment, it requires a full-time, 24/7 team of employees to care for their patients.  

Types of inpatient institution jobs include: 

  1. Support Staff – The backbone of any treatment facility is the support staff. Without them, doctors and therapists cannot adequately do their jobs. These positions include: 
  • Administrative 
  • Maintenance 
  • Foodservice 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Technical and IT  
  • Management 
  1. Medical Professionals – This category includes staff who will have direct contact with patients on a daily basis, administer medications, and monitor their progress. They include registered and licensed nurses, pharmacists, general practitioners, and psychiatrists. 
  2. Therapists and Counselors – This next group covers those staff who work directly with patients to diagnose the disorder and its underlying cause and develop a treatment plan that includes behavioral and holistic therapies and medical support. Job titles in this group include clinical psychologists, social workers, addiction counselors, and occupational therapists.  
  3. Specialized Roles – Recovery takes on many different shapes and is a very personal experience. Sometimes, it takes a more unique approach to treating the disorder. Specialized roles in inpatient institutions include: 
  • Animal-assisted therapist 
  • Art and music therapist 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Recreational therapist 
  • Peer support therapist 
  • Family counselor 
  1. Research and Development – In order to stay current with new treatments and technologies, treatment facilities can hire researchers to develop better treatment methods based on real-world cases. Grant writers can help institutions raise money to help cover the costs of treatments and funding for new research.  

If you are planning on working in an inpatient treatment facility, there is a lot to know about inpatient institutions. Read all you can about how inpatient facilities support people with severe mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders to get a better picture of what the job will be like.  

Find Jobs at Inpatient Institutions at Behavioral Health Jobs  

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career changing people’s lives, Behavioral Health Jobs is the best choice for jobs in inpatient treatment facilities. YOu can start a new search for jobs available in administrative, medical support, and clinical roles for all experience levels. We also have a number of resources to help you in your job search.  

To find inpatient institutional jobs near you, start a new career search today at Behavioral Health Jobs. 

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