Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals

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Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals

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Author: Michael J. Taleff PhD, CSAC, MAC


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Learn to Think Critically and Make Better Decisions

Addiction professionals make decisions everyday that impact peoples lives. Sometimes these decisions are solid, and sometimes they are the result of flawed thinking, which often results from myths and generalizations that are perpetuated in the field. Thinking flaws are common not just in counselors, but in supervisors, administrators, and presenters, and can lead to potentially negative outcomes both for clients and for programs.

In this easy-to-read guide--the first to bring together critical thinking and addiction work--critical thinking expert and addiction professional Dr. Michael J. Taleff offers readers the tools they need to think critically and make better decisions.

    Readers learn:

  • To evaluate their critical thinking abilities
  • The characteristics of a critical thinking professional
  • What drives bad thinking in addiction work
  • How to recognize and avoid thinking fallacies
  • The ethics and consequences of using critical thinking

Dr. Taleff has provided an insightful analysis of the kinds of thinking errors often made by counselors. The text should be required reading in all areas of health and human services. The concepts and discussion are as valuable to experienced helpers as they are to novices."
-Gregory Blevins, Ph.D., Professor, Governors State University

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 18, 2006
  • Page Count 176
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118240
  • EISBN 9780826118233

Table of Contents 

    PART I: Introduction and Basics
  1. Introducing Critical Thinking into Addiction Work
  2. Characteristics of the Critical Thinking Professional
  3. Poor Thinking in Addiction Work: From the Individual to the Field
  4. Evaluating Your Critical Thinking Abilities
  5. Learning the Basics of Critical Thinking
  6. What Drives Bad Thinking?

  7. PART II: Fallacies and Final Thoughts
  8. A Crash Course in Fallacies
  9. Fallacies That Appeal to Authority and Irrelevant Fallacies
  10. Causal Fallacies and Weak Inductions
  11. Fallacies That Presume a Conclusion Before It Is Proven and Classification Fallacies
  12. Fallacies Caused by Perception Problems and Fallacies of Manner and Style
  13. The Ethics and Professional Consequences of Using Critical Thinking

  14. Glossary