Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 June 2017

448 Pages


ISBN: 9780190297305

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Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals

A Skills-Based Workbook

Fourth Edition

Eileen Gambrill and Leonard Gibbs

  • Attention to ignorance as well as knowledge in making decisions.
  • Attention to ethical obligations of professionals, including avoiding excuses that harm clients.
  • Practice in avoiding common biases and fallacies that compromise decisions.
  • Hands-on exercises designed to engage students in thinking critically about decisions.
  • Attention to the context in which professionals make decisions (e.g. advertisement of medications, flawed peer review, the agency and its environment).
  • Review of what science is and what it is not and how it differs from pseudoscience.
  • Clear distinction between the process of evidence-based practice and promotion of evidence-based practices (EBPs).
  • Discussion of expertise and description of components.
  • Exercises designed to encourage students to advocate for clients (e.g. expose avoidable miseries).
  • Identification of useful websites and other resources of value.
  • Opportunity to review personal obstacles to critical thinking.
  • Attention to skills in argumentation vital to making sound decisions (e.g. in team meetings).

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