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Duties and Responsibilities of a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

BY: Alaya Lewis | Category: Health | Submitted: 2011-11-29 08:19:29
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Article Summary: "Psychiatric Rehabilitation centers hire some of the top psychiatrics to help patients heal better and faster. Some psychiatrics are associated with psychiatric rehabilitation centers while some do private practice..."

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A psychiatric rehabilitation specialist is the one who provides psychiatric and psychosocial treatments to patients. These types of treatments help patients adjust to the social environment in a better way. These treatments cannot be given without the help of a psychiatric rehabilitation specialist. These specialists train the patients on various skills that are required for independent living and social integration. They also teach the patients how to manage a crisis situation in their life. A psychiatric specialist is associated with Psychiatric Rehabilitation but some of them may also do private practice. Below, we will discuss about the various duties and responsibilities of a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist.

A psychiatric rehabilitation specialist or a psychiatric specialist is responsible for planning and conducting activities that help the patients suffering from severe mental illness. These activities can be organized in a group or can be performed individually by the patient. Behavior related treatment programs are mainly included in these activities. These programs teach the patients how to behave like other normal human beings and thus socialize without any hassles.

These specialists counsel patients to know their case and the severity of illness and then they design such programs that will help the patients improve their health. These kinds of treatments are generally given in a group. In certain cases, the patient is given the treatment individually, away from the group. The way the treatment is given depends on the type of case and the severity of illness the patient is suffering from.

A psychiatric rehab specialist is also responsible for assessing and recording the improvement of the patient's mental state. If the patient does not show any progress then the psychiatric designs new treatment program for him and implements them. The specialist also observes his progress carefully and checks for improvement. If improvement is observed he continues with the plan for a certain period of time and then increases the intensity or designs a new one, depending on the improvements recorded.

A psychiatric specialist interacts with families of the patients continuously. This helps him to know the progress of the patient. They include such meeting programs as a part of the treatment procedure. They also teach the families different ways to support the patient in his/her treatment program, so that the patient does not feel alone or give up.
Some psychiatric specialists are trained to help drug addicts too. They help a drug addict understand the deadly side effects of drugs and heal them mentally and physically. They implement various ways to help the drug addict improve his way of liking towards life, and thus leave the drug he is addicted to.

A psychiatric specialist is also trained to manage crisis situation. He must be trained to manage such situation as that could be life saving. The better an institution he is associated with, better he will be managing the situation.
These psychiatric specialists are highly qualified. They are generally associated with a good psychiatric rehabilitation center. They take personnel interest in patients and help them recover from their illness, and thus lead a normal life.

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