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The knowledge and skills of critical thinking, evidence-based practice, problem solving, judgment, and decision making are essential to effectively serve clients in all types of clinical practices. This book teaches clinicians and students how to avoid fallacies and biases in thinking as well as the skills to make well-informed, ethical decisions. Grounded in the belief that clinical decision making is a challenging process that can be improved by honing the skills integral to evidence-based practice, this book explores common sources of error and provides psychologists, counselors, social workers, and allied health professionals practical guidance with decision aids and applications of critical thinking skills to clinical decision making.
Eileen Gambrill is the Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches both research and practice. Her research and writing cover professional decision making, evidence-informed practice, the role of critical thinking propaganda in the helping professions and its harmful effects, and the ethics of helping. She presents nationally and internationally on the topics of critical thinking, evidence-informed practice, and the ethics of helping.
Table of Contents
|Lay of the Land|
|The Need for Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice||p. 3|
|Sources of Influence on Clinical Decisions||p. 9|
|Reasons and Reasoning: The Heart of Making Decisions||p. 57|
|Different Views of Knowledge and How to Get It: Exploring Your Personal Epistemology||p. 87|
|Common Sources of Error|
|The Influence of Language and Persuasion Strategies||p. 131|
|Formal and Informal Fallacies: Mistakes in Thinking and How to Avoid Them||p. 155|
|Classification, Authority, and Focusing on Pathology||p. 181|
|Content and Procedural Knowledge||p. 209|
|Taking Advantage of Research on Judgment, Problem Solving, and Decision Making||p. 239|
|Evidence-Based Practice: A Philosophy and Process for Making Informed Decisions||p. 275|
|Posing Questions and Searching for Answers||p. 297|
|Critical Appraisal of Practice- and Policy-Related Research: The Need for Skepticism||p. 335|
|Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Decisions|
|Making Decisions About Data Collection||p. 377|
|Discovering Causes of Clients' Problems: Common Biases||p. 409|
|Making Predictions: Improving the Odds||p. 453|
|Enhancing the Quality of Case Conferences, Team Meetings, and Organizational Culture||p. 481|
|Overcoming Personal Obstacles to Critical Thinking||p. 509|
|Maintaining Critical Thinking Skills||p. 533|
|About the Author||p. 623|
|Author Index||p. 625|
|Subject Index||p. 641|
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