Student’s description of areas of competency and areas for growth This quarter I have begun to delve more into the clinical side of social work by shadowing two clinical counselors, sitting in on their evening debriefings, attending clinical meetings, and being allowed to run the occasional therapeutic session. Running groups has allowed me to began to develop my own style in addtion to utilizing some of the tools and techqnuies that I have learned in the Universities Social Work (MSW) program. This opportunity has also led me to explore, in more depth, the similarities and differences in methods, teaching, and the services provided by counselors, therapist, and social workers. –I have the people skills, knowledge and first-hand “life” experience to work with other individuals and help create the best tools, workshops, and group sessions to help the young homeless population. Areas of growth for me would be to become more familiar with the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) for diagnosing clients. My note taking and report wring skills could also be strengthened.