Chapter One Objectives: Introduction to the Decision Tree and the Text
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Knowledge Objectives (Declarative Knowledge)
By the end of this chapter students should possess declarative knowledge about:
- The format of book- alternating chapters on direct and indirect practice
- The aims of the book
- The construct of "best practices"
- Open assessment as a condition of best practices
- Theory and method choices as a condition of best practices
- The use of empirical evidence as a condition of best practices
- The decision tree as a tool that helps practitioners navigate what is known in order to aid the practitioner in making case-specific decisions consistent with best practices.
- The standards of cultural competency
- Case-specific model building; a tool that allows the practitioner to select more than one method and more than one theory when developing a treatment matrix for the case at hand.
Skills (Application of Knowledge-Procedural and Tacit Knowing)
By the end of this chapter you should demonstrate beginning competency in managing theory and method choice by being able to:
- See how the steps of the decision tree are applied to each of the 7 cases scenarios
- Envision how the template of case-specific model building can be used in your placement to develop a treatment or intervention matrix.
- Respect science as a way of knowing
- Respect moral philosophy as a way of knowing i.e. values analysis.
- Respect philosophical reasoning and proof as a way of knowing.
- Respect critical thinking as a tool that lends itself to competent practice.
- Appreciate case complexity
- Appreciate generalist practice as a framework that requires open assessment of all variables and system sizes.
- Appreciate generalist practice as a framework the promotes the use of multiple methods and multiple theories