Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice: Improving the Quality of Judgments and Decisions / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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"…she has produced an ambitious and impressively comprehensive book that belongs in the library of every clinician and in the backpack of every graduate student." (PsycCRITIQUES, 6/14/2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471471189
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 1.44 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Gambrill, PHD, is Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her MSW degree from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social research, and her PhD degree from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Psychology. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and Tel Aviv Universities and received a Benjamin Meeker Fellowship from the University of Bristol in 1999. She has won two Pro Humanitate Awards from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, one in 2001 and another in 2004. Her areas of interest include professional decision making, ethics, and the integration of research and practice in the helping professions. Books include Social Work practice: A Critical Thinker's Guide (2nd ed.;2006), Critical Thinking For Social Workers Exercises for the Helping Professions (2nded.; with Len Gibbs, 1999), and Controversial Issues in Social Work, Ethics, Values and Professions (with Robert Pruger, 1997).
Gambrill served as Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Research and Abstracts 1984-1988 and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education, 2000-2003, and currently is on the editorial boards of many journals. She was elected by Division 25 members to serve on the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association 2003-2005 and elected to the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education 2000-2002. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of California.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Part I: Lay of the Land.

l The Need for Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice.

2 Sources of Influence on Decisions That Clinicians Make.

3 Reasons and Reasoning: The Heart of Making Decisions.

4 Different Views of Knowledge and How to Get It: Exploring Your Personal Epistemology.

Part II: Common Sources of Error.

5 The Influence of Language and Persuasion Strategies.

6 Formal and Informal Fallacies: Mistakes in Thinking and How to Avoid Them.

7 Classification, Pseudoauthority, and Focusing on Pathology.

Part III: Decision Aids.

8 Content and Procedural Knowledge.

9 Taking Advantage of Research on Judgment, Problem Solving, and Decision Making.

10 Evidence-Based Practice: A Philosophy and Process for Thinking Ethically and Critically about Decisions.

11 Posing Questions and Searching for Answers.

12 Critical Appraisal of Practice-Related Research: The Need for Skepticism.

Part IV: Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Decisions.

13 Making Decisions About Data Collection.

14 Discovering Causes of Clients’ Problems: Common Biases.

15 Predictions about Clients and Treatment Effectiveness: Improving the Odds.

16 Enhancing the Quality of Case Conferences, Team Meetings, and Organizational Culture.

Part V: The Future.

17 Overcoming Personal Obstacles to Critical Thinking.

18 Maintaining Critical Thinking Skills.

References.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the Author.

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