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Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0826118240
ISBN-10: 0826118240
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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 abilitiesThe characteristics of a critical thinking professionalWhat drives bad thinking in addiction workHow to recognize and avoid thinking fallaciesThe 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 "

About the Author

Mike Taleff, Ph.D, CSAC, MAC has worked in the alcohol and other drug field for over thirty-five years, and teaches substance abuse courses at Leeward Community College in Hawaii. He was the first editor of the Journal of Teaching in the Addictions. He has published some 100 articles that address various aspects of addictions studies education. He has also published several books including A Handbook to Assess and Treat Resistance in Chemical Dependency, Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals, and writes a bi-monthly column for Counselor Magazine. He served on the editorial board of The Journal of Counseling and Development, and the Journal of Offenders and Addiction Counseling. Presently, he is on the editorial board of The Counselor. Dr. Taleff served two terms as president of the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators, and presents widely on state-of-the art addiction research, critical thinking, and advanced ethics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (January 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826118240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826118240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my master's program. I was very disappointed in the content of this book. I am a firm believer that critical thinking is a personal ability that people either have or they don't. Apparently I do have critical thinking skills because I found most of what was being "taught" in this book was really more common sense.
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this should be a book that only talks about critical thinking. There were maybe two or three paragraphs that really made me use critical thinking skills or werent common sense. Not that i don't think the information in here was important, most of it is common knowledge however.
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I found this book easy to read and will help me in my work. Read other books/articles by this author, all helpful.
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For those who need to have a guide into what professionals should be aware of, this book has a lot to offer. This is good for any profession.
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