SauteePan- That is so true. I have to say that conceptual skills for mental health professionals are also really important.
These people have to understand their patient’s disorder and be able to offer effective psychological treatment.
They have to be able to understand the scope and purpose of the treatment in order for them to help their patient. Having conceptual skills is the person’s ability to see the big picture.
For example, understanding the effects of a manic depressive person not taking lithium will cause the mental health professional to explain to the patient why the medication is important and how the patient will function as a result of the medication.
A psychiatrist prescribing certain medications has to conceptualize how that medication is going to affect the patient before he writes a prescription.
This is important in the health field because many people are resistant to change and may not accept medical interventions easily.