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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. Practitioners must be able to think clearly, on a daily basis, about decisions that may change their clients' lives. Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals, 3rd Edition, is designed to engage readers as active participants in honing their critical thinking skills, mastering a coherent decision-making process, and integrating the evidence-based practice process into their work with clients.

In this interactive skills-based workbook, 37 hands-on exercises offer rich opportunities for students in professional education programs to learn how to make informed decisions. Unique material exploring the use of propaganda in advertising and discussing the research on judgment and problem solving highlight the connection between critical thinking and evidence-based practice. For students in social work, nursing, counseling, and psychology, this new edition of a unique workbook is a fun and thought-provoking way to sharpen and maximize their decision-making skills so that they can provide their clients with the best care possible.

* Fun, interactive exercises emphasize learning by doing

* Integrates research and practice, practice and policy, and critical thinking and evidence-based practice

* Helps readers to recognize how to recognize propaganda, avoid pitfalls in decision making, critically appraise research, and improve their practice

* Ideal for graduate and undergraduate courses in research and practice

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Leonard Gibbs, PhD (1943 - 2008), was Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195330953
Author:
Gibbs, Leonard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Leonard
Author:
null, Eileen
Author:
Gambrill, Eileen
Subject:
Social Work
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Sociology | Social Work
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 illus.
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.5 x 10.9 x 1.3 in 2.2 lb

Related Subjects

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"Synopsis" by , 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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