Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice: Improving the Quality of Judgments and Decisions, 3rd Edition

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"Eileen Gambrill is unparalleled in her ability to describecommon flaws and biases in clinical decision making. The result inthis revised 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 strengthsof Gambrill's prior treatments of the topic to support the notionthat critical thinking is a teachable skill and oneessential for contemporary practice in the human services. Thisbook should be the default authority on the topic of criticalthinking for human service professionals and would be an excellenttextbook."
Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, LCSW, Professor and former Dean,Florida State University College of Social Work

"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 we serve."
Joanne Yaffe, PhD, ACSW, Associate Professor ofSocial Work and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry,University of Utah

A balanced and illustrative guide to incorporatingcritical-thinking values, knowledge, and skills into clinicaleducation and practice

Now in a third edition, Critical Thinking in ClinicalPractice is written for helping professionals who want to thinkmore clearly about the decisions they make and the context in whichthey make them. It is a practical volume for clinicians who wouldlike to expand their knowledge of common pitfalls and fallacies inclinical reasoning.

As in earlier editions, this Third Edition draws onresearch related to problem solving and decision making,illustrating the relevance of research findings to everydayclinical practice and policy.

Revised throughout, the new edition includes discussion of:

  • The influence of pharmaceutical companies on the helpingprofessions, including disease mongering—the creation ofbogus risks, problems, and needless worries
  • Different kinds of propaganda in the helping professions thatcompromise informed consent
  • Additional coverage of classification, pathology, reliance onauthority, and hazards in data collection
  • The development of decision aids of value to both professionalsand clients
  • The relative contribution of specific interventions compared tononspecific factors to positive outcome
  • Factors related to decision making in multidisciplinaryteams
  • New developments regarding intuitive and analyticreasoning
  • The pragmatic theory of fallacies

Designed to enhance the quality of services offered to clients,Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice, Third Edition isfilled with insightful examples, useful lists, websites, andguidelines, presenting an essential resource for all helpingprofessionals and students in the helping professions.

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About the Author:

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.

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"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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