Critical Thinking and Decision Making

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Critical Thinking And Decision Making
COM /505
09/30/2012
Instructor: Robert Maddock

Abstract
This paper explores how critical thinking contributes to my decision to returning to school and pursue a graduate degree. The decision-making factors regarding the school selection, program of study and purpose of pursuing this degree are discuss. Our entire lives consist of decision-making some are minute and unimportant where as others seem huge and detrimental. Rational decisions maximize the quality of life. It is with these thoughts in mind the research was conducted. The areas discussed are reason for pursuing a graduate program degree, the objectives, length of time required, credentials, funding, and program to be implemented.

Our entire lives consist of decisions making some are minute and unimportant while others seems huge and detrimental. To think effectively is very crucial in our society. It is a skill that can be learned through practice. Acquiring the skill of making good decisions is through critical thinking. Rational decisions maximize the quality of our lives. There is nothing more practical than proper processing of our thoughts. Regardless of the situation we are aspiring for, the outcome will be greater if properly processed and implemented. On the other hand, if not properly executed can result in disaster. With these thoughts in mind the research was conducted. The areas discussed are: reason for pursuing a graduate program degree, the objectives, length of time required, credentials, funding, and program to be implemented.

After working for seven years in a psychiatric facility, and researching for two years, the decision was made to pursue a course of study leading to a master’s degree in psychology. This will not only add another career to my resume, but also grant me a more comfortable career in my life. This will benefit not only the office, but also the community. The thought erupted with the office referring patients out daily to community base program to monitor their compliance, keep them focus, in school, and away from the legal system. I recalled in January of this year referring approximately 28 patients in a month. The mothers were hesitant in registering the children in this program. I soon persuaded them tin conforming. These three families wanted the company to provide the care. As the need continues to arise, I decided to explore program. I soon discovered that the basic requirements are already in place.

The home-based program will concentrate on the family as well as the individual. The aim will be prevention and wellness. The program will assist with attention of daily living skills, preventing substance abuse, and how to manage anger and stress. The program will permit twelve one -hour session with sessions lasting up to 30. The treatment will be organized in phases, each of which has specific goals, assessment guidelines, and intervention techniques. Clinicians need this to help them to remain focused on treatment goals amidst considerable family and individual disruption (Alexander, Pugh, Parson, & Sexton, 2000) indicates that, in general, families who participated in the program showed significant improvements in positive communication, family interactions, parent involvement, reduced maternal depression, adolescent anxiety, and re-arrest rates. There will be frequent visits to the homes, schools and physician's office to maintain focus and to assess medication modification if necessary. Both family- based and evidence-based programs are geared at adults and children. The evidence base program will provide intensive care to these individuals. In general, the program will aim at enhancing positive skills, teach, and support appropriate behaviors and coping skills, and reduce problematic behaviors such as delinquency and substance abuse. It will be family...
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