Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals A Skills Based Workbook
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Critical thinking values, knowledge and skills are integral to evidence-based practice in the helping professions. Those working in this area must be able to think clearly, on a daily basis, about decisions that may have a major impact on their clients' lives. Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals, 3rd Edition, is designed to engage readers as active participants in honing their critical thinking skills, learning a coherent decision-making process, and comprehending its underlying principles. There are many books on evidence based practice and critical thinking, but none integrate the two as well as Eileen Gambrill and Leonard Gibbs, two renowned professors and evidence-based practice thinkers. And no others provide such a variety of hands-on exercises, with their rich opportunities to learn how to implement vital steps in making important decisions. In addition to the exercises, the authors incorporate unique material exploring the use of propaganda in the helping professions, which is integrated with discussions of related research on judgment, problem solving, and critical thinking.
For students in social work, nursing, counseling, and similar areas, this new edition of a unique textbook is a fun and mentally stimulating way to sharpen and maximize their innate decision-making skills and their abilities to apply an evidence-based approach to their daily work, so that their clients will get the best care possible.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 210.82 x 279.4 x 30.48mm | 1,020.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 7 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195330951
  • 9780195330953
  • 1,516,513

About Leonard Gibbs

Eileen Gambrill is the Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies at the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, where she teaches both research and practice. Her research interests include professional education and decision making, evidence-informed practice and the role of critical thinking within this and the ethics of helping. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education, 2000-2003 and Social Work
Research and Abstracts, 1984-1988. She received Pro Humanitate Awards from the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare in 2001 and 2004.

The late Leonard Gibbs focused on ways to improve decision-making in practice through applied research, informal logic, and critical thinking. He also did a great deal of practice research, primarily in alcohol and other drug abuse, and published articles regarding ways to improve clinical reasoning
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Table of contents

PART 1 CRITICAL THINKING: WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT ; Introduction: The Role of Critical Thinking in the Helping Professions ; Exercise 1 Making Decisions About Intervention ; Exercise 2 Reviewing Your Beliefs About Knowledge ; PART 2 RECOGNIZING PROPAGANDA IN HUMAN SERVICES ADVERTISING ; Exercise 3 Evaluating Human-Services Advertisements ; Exercise 4 Does Scaring Youth Help Them "Go Straight"?: Applying Principles of Reasoning, Inference, Decision Making, and Evaluation ; PART 3 FALLACIES AND PITFALLS IN PROFESSIONAL DECISION MAKING ; Exercise 5 Using the Professional Thinking Form ; Exercise 6 Reasoning-in -Practice Game A: Reasoning-in -Practice Game A: Common Practice Fallacies ; Exercise 7 Reasoning-in-Practice Game B: Group and Interpersonal Dynamics ; Exercise 8 Reasoning-in-Practice Game C: Cognitive Biases in Practice ; Exercise 9 Preparing a Fallacies Film Festival ; Exercise 10 Fallacy Spotting in Professional Contexts ; Exercise 11 Avoiding Group Think ; PART 4 EVIDENCE-INFORMED DECISION MAKING ; Exercise 12 Applying the Steps in Evidence-Based Practice ; Exercise 13 Working in Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Teams 1 ; Exercise 14 Working in Evidence-Based Teams 2 ; Exercise 15 Preparing Critically Appraisal Topics (CATs) ; Exercise 16 Involving Clients as Informed Participants ; Exercise 17 Asking Hard Questions ; Exercise 18 Evaluating An Agency's Services ; PART 5 CRITICALLY APPRAISING DIFFERENT KINDS OF RESEARCH REPORTS AND MEASURES ; Exercise 19 Evaluating Effectiveness Studies ; Exercise 20 Critically Appraising Research Reviews ; Exercise 21 Critically Appraising Self-Report Measures ; Exercise 22 Estimating Risk and Making Predictions ; Exercise 23 Evaluating Diagnostic Tests ; Exercise 24 Evaluating Classification Systems ; Exercise 25 Evaluating Research Regarding Causes ; PART 6 REVIEWING DECISIONS ; Exercise 26 Reviewing Intervention Plans ; Exercise 27 Critical Thinking as a Guide to making Ethical Decisions ; Exercise 28 Critically Appraising Arguments ; Exercise 29 Error as Process: Templating, Justification, and Ratcheting ; Exercise 30 Thinking Critically About Case Records ; Exercise 31 Critically Appraising Service Agreements ; Exercise 32 Claim Buster: Spotting, Describing and Evaluating Claims ; PART 7 IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL AND PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTS ; Exercise 33 Encouraging a Culture of Thoughtfulness ; Exercise 34 Evaluating the Teaching of Critical Thinking ; Exercise 35 Forming a Journal Club ; Exercise 36 Encouraging Continued Self-Development Regarding the Process of Evidence-Informed Practice ; Exercise 37 Increasing Self-Awareness of Personal Obstacles to Critical Thinking
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