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Competence is all about making choices, with full appreciation of the
ramifications of the choices made. In regard to the competence of those
practitioners consulted for additional advice such as but not limited
to legal, educational, and medical ... there are seven levels to
attaining competence in this venue.
The practitioner must comprehend the purpose and philosophy of the
discipline in question.
The practitioner has had enough opportunities to put theory to
the test in a pragmatic manner.
The practitioner has extended knowledge of the discipline beyond the
basics and appreciates the ramifications of using the first two stages
The practitioner has reached a level of ability where the exceptions to
the rule are as readily recognized as those embodying the rule itself.
The practitioner is aware that valid progress is not determined by the
practitioner alone, but through a valid exchange of information and
definition of a shared purpose.
The practitioner is able to adapt the specific knowledge to each unique
circumstance presented, and to achieve a satisfactory outcome in terms
of the "client's" wishes as well as the practitioner's. Standards are
useful, but not when they become dogma.
Integrated knowledge realized through specifics for individuals in a
responsible manner; this is brought about by all people involved
reaching as much understanding as is possible, not only of context but
of methodology as well. For those that regard themselves as experts,
this is the most elusive stage of competence, and is revealed in such
phrases as, "I am sure you don't want to get bogged down in
technicalities," or "You don't understand the math," or "An explanation
would be tedious." When a practitioner retreats into jargon with those
unfamiliar with the specialized language, it is a signal that the
seventh level of competence is not operative.