Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals: A Skills Based Workbook

Paperback | March 25, 2009

byLeonard Gibbs, Eileen Gambrill

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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 HelpingProfessionals, 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 tolearn 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 criticalthinking. 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 thattheir clients will get the best care possible.

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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 HelpingProfessionals, 3rd Edition, is designed to enga...

Leonard Gibbs is Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eileen Gambrill is Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 2: Critical Thinking: What it is and Why it is ImportantIntroduction: The Role of Critical Thinking in the Helping ProfessionsExercise 1 Making Decisions About InterventionExercise 2 Reviewing Your Beliefs About KnowledgePart 2: Recognizing Propaganda in Human Services AdvertisingExercise 3 Evaluating Human-Services AdvertisementsExercise 4 Does Scaring Youth Help Them "Go Straight"?: Applying Principles of Reasoning, Inference, Decision Making, and EvaluationPart 3: Fallacies and Pitfalls in Professional Decision MakingExercise 5 Using the Professional Thinking FormExercise 6 Reasoning-in -Practice Game A: Reasoning-in -Practice Game A: Common Practice FallaciesExercise 7 Reasoning-in-Practice Game B: Group and Interpersonal DynamicsExercise 8 Reasoning-in-Practice Game C: Cognitive Biases in PracticeExercise 9 Preparing a Fallacies Film FestivalExercise 10 Fallacy Spotting in Professional ContextsExercise 11 Avoiding Group ThinkPart 4: Evidence-Informed Decision MakingExercise 12 Applying the Steps in Evidence-Based PracticeExercise 13 Working in Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Teams 1Exercise 14 Working in Evidence-Based Teams 2Exercise 15 Preparing Critically Appraisal Topics (CATs)Exercise 16 Involving Clients as Informed ParticipantsExercise 17 Asking Hard QuestionsExercise 18 Evaluating An Agency's ServicesPart 5: Critically Appraising Different Kinds of Research Reports and MeasuresExercise 19 Evaluating Effectiveness StudiesExercise 20 Critically Appraising Research ReviewsExercise 21 Critically Appraising Self-Report MeasuresExercise 22 Estimating Risk and Making PredictionsExercise 23 Evaluating Diagnostic TestsExercise 24 Evaluating Classification SystemsExercise 25 Evaluating Research Regarding CausesPart 6: Reviewing DecisionsExercise 26 Reviewing Intervention PlansExercise 27 Critical Thinking as a Guide to making Ethical DecisionsExercise 28 Critically Appraising ArgumentsExercise 29 Error as Process: Templating, Justification, and RatchetingExercise 30 Thinking Critically About Case RecordsExercise 31 Critically Appraising Service AgreementsExercise 32 Claim Buster: Spotting, Describing and Evaluating ClaimsPart 7: Improving Educational and Practice EnvironmentsExercise 33 Encouraging a Culture of ThoughtfulnessExercise 34 Evaluating the Teaching of Critical ThinkingExercise 35 Forming a Journal ClubExercise 36 Encouraging Continued Self-Development Regarding the Process of Evidence-Informed PracticeExercise 37 Increasing Self-Awareness of Personal Obstacles to Critical Thinking