In this practical guide, occupational therapist Barbara Cortellini Benamy persuasively argues that a clinician's well-honed clinical reasoning skills make the critical difference between average technique and true professional mastery--and she shows how anyone can enhance that ability in this important area. Ms. Benamy defines clinical reasoning as a process of internal inquiry that takes advantage of a clinician's academic training, philosophical beliefs and values, and professional as well as personal life experiences to set and achieve workable occupational goals for patients.
At ease with the complex issues that underlie advanced reasoning, Benamy is deeply committed to putting this material into the reach of everyday practitioners. Her own advanced practice skills, experience with clinical supervision, and her enthusiasm for ideas propelled her to begin designing and implementing practice opportunities for new therapists, a system for pairing more seasoned practioners with novices, and later, simulations that offered therapists an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. This book attests to her continued commitment to the professional growth of clinicians.
Working from a subconscious level, clinical reasoning usually isn't recognized by the best clinicians as they do it. But with this manual, you can learn to bring the internal process of clinical reasoning into consciousness and enhance your own clinical mastery. Developing Clinical Reasoning Skills not only fully explains clinical reasoning, but also provides useful examples and practical activities you can try yourself, alone or with a partner, to further your understanding.
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Barbara Cortellini Benamy, M.S.,OTR/L, is currently employed part time at Cozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and is a mother of two. While on staff as a clinical supervisor at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Ms. Benamy created the Clinical Reasoning Orientation Program for staff members. She has made professional presentations on the subject of clinical reasoning skills, as well as in another area of her interest, occupational therapy approaches to the patient with arthritis. Ms. Benamy earned the master of science degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and the bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.
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