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

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

by Eileen Gambrill


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ISBN-13: 9780471471189
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/10/2006
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 648
Product dimensions: 1.44(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

About 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


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.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the Author.

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From the Publisher

"Eileen Gambrill is unparalleled in her ability to describe commonflaws and biases in clinical decision-making. The result in thisrevised edition is a steadfast call for change that alsoacknowledges the demands of practice. A must-read for cliniciansand researchers alike."
Elizabeth K. Anthony, PhD, Assistant Professor,School of Social Work, Arizona State University

"This third edition builds upon the impressive strengths ofGambrill's prior treatments of the topic to support the notion thatcritical thinking is a teachable skill, and one essential forcontemporary practice in the human services. This book should bethe default authority on the topic of critical thinking for humanservice professionals, and would be an excellent textbook."
Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor and formerDean, College of Social Work, Florida State University

"I was skeptical about how Critical Thinking in ClinicalPractice could be improved, but Eileen Gambrill has succeeded!Her articulation of critical thinking skills for clinical decisionsultimately will benefit the people whom we serve."
Joanne Yaffe, PhD, ACSW, Associate Professor ofSocial Work, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, College ofSocial Work, University of Utah

"A remarkable book and an invaluable resource for students,practitioners, teachers, and researchers.  It is the bestavailable resource for teaching practitioners across alldisciplines how to think scientifically about their subject matter.If Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice were requiredreading in all social work, psychology, and counseling graduateprograms, these fields – and the state of mental health care– would be in far better scientific shape."
Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D., Department of Psychology,Emory University

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