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Career perspectives

Psychiatric rehabilitation technician

Who is he/she?

He/she is a health professional who carries out rehabilitative and educational interventions on individuals with mental disabilities, within the framework of a therapeutic project elaborated by a multidisciplinary team (attributions provided for by the Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health March 29, 2001, no. 182 and subsequent amendments and additions).

What does he/she do?

  • Collaborates in the assessment of the psychic disability and potential of the subject, analyzes needs and developmental instances and detects the resources of the family and socio-environmental context
  • collaborates in the identification of formative-therapeutic and psychiatric rehabilitation goals, as well as the formulation of the specific intervention program aimed at the recovery and development of the subject under treatment
  • implements interventions aimed at the subjects' habilitation/rehabilitation, self-care, interpersonal relationships of varying complexity, and, if possible, employment
  • works in the context of primary prevention on the territory, to promote the development of network relationships, to facilitate the reception and management of at-risk situations and manifested pathologies
  • works on the families and social context of the subjects, in order to promote their reintegration into the community
  • collaborates in the evaluation of the outcomes of the habilitation and rehabilitation program in individual subjects, in relation to the set objectives.

He is competent in the areas:

  • therapeutic-rehabilitation: assesses and plans, works with the patient-active subject and the community. Researches and takes objective/subjective information with direct and standardized observations, interviews with user, family members, etc. Assesses functioning for functional diagnosis, symptomatic and cognitive assessment, plans and verifies goals, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation strategies
  • preventive: intervenes to overcome risk situations in all age groups at every level of prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary). Promotes information/awareness programs
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  • Evidence Based Practice (EBP): operates in accordance with international/national indications and adopts Evidence Based Medicine and EBP principles; offers effective and efficient treatments, therapeutic-rehabilitation pathways meeting appropriateness requirements and outcome assessment
  • communication and relationship: essential for professional action with different actors in the rehabilitation, social, institutional context
  • training and updating: responsible for his own training, self-training and professional updating, consolidates his own and others' cultural background
  • organizational/managerial
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  • ethical/ethical and professional responsibility.

Where does he or she work?

He or she carries out his or her professional activity in health care facilities, public (within the National and Regional Health Service) or private, on a dependent or freelance basis. He may also work in the fields of prevention, training and research.


In particular, he/she can work in:

  • Mental Health and Addiction Departments and their essential services:
    • Mental Health Centers (MHC)
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    • Day Care Centers (CD)
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    • Therapeutic Communities (TC)
    • Psychiatric User Accommodation (CAUP)
    • Psychiatric Diagnostic and Treatment Services (SPDC)
    • Services for Drug Addicts (SerT)
  • Residences for the Execution of Health Security Measures (REMS)
  • Eating disorder services
  • Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Services, juvenile facilities
  • Assisted Nursing Homes (RSAs) and Geriatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Freelance practice locations: private practices, families, etc.