It's not what is sounds like
Mental Health Associate (Former Employee) – San Marcos, TX – May 4, 2015
A typical day as a mental health associate at SMTC is just filling out meticulous paper work and time sheets and ordering patients to do things. There are three 8 hr shifts and in a whole 8 hours, you do not get one single break (unless you are working nights, there is a lot of down-time). I saw my supervisor (unit manager) once during the three weeks I was there. They were not involved at all. Some unit managers were really involved, however, mine was not, and that's quite unfortunate for the staff and the patients. You will learn a lot about the behaviors of psychiatric patients at SMTC, but if you want to be actively involved in their recovery- this is not the job. It's a babysitting job. It was very personally rewarding at times to connect with the patients, but the high stress without any breaks and the low pay was too much to stay.
free meals, helped others positively
NO breaks, high stress, low pay