Critical Thinking for Addiction Professionals

By Michael J. Taleff | Go to book overview

CHAPTER ONE
Introducing Critical
Thinking Into
Addiction Work

You are invited to experience a form of thinking that can enhance your professional skills, expertise, and development. It has the potential to improve all areas of your counseling: from the assessment phase, to the selection of counseling strategies, to discharge. It can make you a better supervisor and administrator. It also has the capacity to propel you to consider new ideas and use methods of investigation you may have only imagined. Critical thinking will help you make better sense of our world, and especially the people you hope to help.


PUTTING THINGS IN CONTEXT

As humans, we all start out uncertain and amazed with everything around us. We learn to understand the world and its people by following the beliefs of religion, philosophy, and science (Charpak & Broch, 2004). From those fields we create our own theories of why things happen and why people do what they do. We are fascinated by the nature of humans and are constantly trying to figure out what makes people tick. Some experts believe this practice is imbedded in our psyches (Pinker, 2002). Consider how much “figuring out” or thinking goes into counseling. For example, addiction professionals observe clients and try to make sense of why

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