Critical Thinking and Resourceful Thinking

A half day or 1-day seminar in Dallas


Critical Thinking Seminars and Trainings in Dallas
This seminar in Dallas will teach you critical thinking skills, and how to apply them to situations you face on a daily basis.

You'll also learn resourceful thinking patterns to multiply your resilience and effectiveness.

Critical thinking is the ability to think about one's own thinking in such a way as to recognize it's strengths and weaknesses and then to form new habits of thinking more effectively.


Overview of This Training

Critical Thinking

Overview of 1 day critical thinking seminarThis workshop imparts the basics of critical thinking. It begins by defining critical thinking and includes a special module designed to inspire attendees with the idea of becoming a better thinker.

The numerous benefits and advantages of Critical Thinking are described.

Participants are then familiarized with the basic elements of critical thought (Purpose, Question, Information, Assumption, Interpretation, Concepts, Implications, Point of view) and assess those elements using universal criteria and standards of Clarity, Accuracy, Precision, Relevance, Depth, Breadth, Logicalness.

Some of the main Critical Thinking patters included are:

Purpose, goal, or end in view
Question at issue or the problem to be solved
Information type
Empirical dimension
Conceptual dimension of reasoning
Assumptions and presuppositional structure
Implications and consequences
Point of view and frame of reference

The exercises in this seminar put participants in to various situations they are likely to face each day, and show them how to think, while in those situations, using new Critical Thinking patterns.


Thinking More Resourcefully

This module will show you how to think in highly resourceful ways.
You'll learn the following thinking patterns and begin applying them to actual situations and current challenges:

Re-directing to outcome and meta-outcome
Problems are resources and opportunities
Improvement and solutions
Multiple paths
Resources and utilization
Increasing the number of choices and options
How to think outside the box
Resources and resource to others
Priority and outcome held in mind
Identifying best way to communicate to others
Small chunking and big vision thinking
Systems thinking
Attention to other's P.O.V. , needs, goals and problems


Moral Reasoning

Moral reasoning consists of arguments that contain conclusions that are value judgments.

These patterns include patterns of aesthetic reasoning.

In this module we'll practice identifying and recognizing several of these patterns and learn how to respond to them and use them effectively.


Evaluating Arguments

This module concentrates on understanding the structure of arguments and determining if they are valid.

The structure of an argument
Deduction and Induction
Identifying the real premise
Categorical logic & syllogisms
Deductive argument structure - Logical syllogisms
Inductive argument structure - Analogical arguments

Exercises: Custom


The Optimism Patterns

Based on over 20 years of research and the work of Dr. Martin Selligman, these simple techniques will increase your resilience and ability to bounce back after temporary setbacks and disappointments.

By learning these simple habits, you'll come to explain things to yourself in a way that produces a measurable difference in your over all level of optimism.

Hand out: Optimism Plus
Exercise in group: Your New Explanatory Style


When, Where and How Much


10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Dallas - Our workshop facility.

Or on site at your business or hotel conference room.

How Much
Special rates for teams and groups. Please call for details.


The Curriculum

Half day seminars include up to 4 modules
Full day seminars include 6 modules


The Fundamentals of Critical Thinking

This module will introduce you to critical thinking and familiarize you with what it really is and why it's so important.

The essence of critical thinking is to evaluate claims in order to determine wheather to accept, reject or suspend judgment about a claim.

An argument is a set of claims and includes a conclusion built on premises.

Learn what critical thinking is and why it is so important
The benefits of critical thinking
The primary skills of thinking critically
What is an argument, a claim, a premise and an issue?

Hand out: Critical Thinking - Definition, Benefits and Skills

Thinking Critically - 7 Habitual Criteria for Evaluating

The 7 core patterns of critical thinking are introduced and practiced. The goal of this module is to help you understand and increase your ability to think with:


Hand out: Critical Thinking - Questions and Criteria part I
Exercise - in Trios: Thinking critically


Habits & Criteria For Advanced Evaluating

This module will introduce you to 9 more essential patterns of critical thinking and allow you to practice evaluating multiple situations using each one.They are:

Point of view
Frame of reference
Credibility of the source

This module includes creative ways to use your new critical thinking skills and tips to help you do them on an ongoing basis.

Hand out: Critical Thinking - Questions and Criteria part II
Exercise: Critical Thinking in pairs


Recognizing & Responding to Pseudo Reasoning

Pseudo reasoning is the opposite of critical thinking.

These patterns are often used by those attempting to influence us. Recognizing these patterns can make you a much better critical thinker. It's important to have a way to respond effectively to them.

In this module we will play an interactive game of identifying and responding to many common non-argumentative persuasion techniques.

They include.

Ad Hominem: personal, group, pseudo-refutation, poising the well
Burden of proof
Genetic fallacy
False dilemma
Straw man
Stacking for confusion
Changing the frame or meaning (Spin/Slanting)
Assuming questionable authority
Limiting the available facts or information
Scare tactics
Manufacturing false evidence
Slippery slope
Lower self-concept
Begging the question
Smoke screen
Appeal to pity
Appealing to beliefs, values or identity
Subjective fallacies
Proof surrogate
Down players
Assumptions and loaded questions
Euphemisms and dysphemisms

Hand out: Pseudo Reasoning Patterns I & II
Exercise - In group: Recognizing and responding



How To Think More Resourcefully

In this module you'll practice four 'framing skills' that will improve your ability to choose and assign the most optimal meaning to any experience in the past, present or future.

You'll learn:

Reframing - assigning meaning to events
Deframing - destroying an already existing and assigned meaning
Preframing - assigning meaning prior to a future event
Post framing - assigning meaning to past events

This module includes creative ways to use your new framing skills and tips to help you do them on an ongoing basis.


To Enroll or Inquire

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