Definition Graphic Competency Definition

  6.00 Analytic Thinking

Gathers information from a broad range of sources to develop own understanding of a situation (e.g., documentation, interviews with cognizant people, checks of collateral resources, consultation with experts).

Weighs available current and historical information about situations or behavior to form hypotheses.


Looks beyond superficial or simplistic explanations; searches for underlying causes of situations, behavior, or conditions.

Uses conceptual frameworks (e.g., child or human development, cultural diversity, family systems) to synthesize and analyze data or evaluate situations.

Thinks through the implications of situations or events (i.e., “if-then” analyses) to develop hypotheses or predictive statements.

Continually gathers and reevaluates available information and case progress; periodically takes stock of analysis, synthesis.

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