Question by : If you have a MS in Clinical Psychology?
I’m not asking for you to give me your life details, haha, but I am in my second year of college, and I am majoring in psychology. I want to get my MS in Clinical Psychology. If you have this, could you please tell me where you are now career wise? Do you work in a hospital or have your own private practice? Are you glad you chose this path?
Answer by Sarah M
I have an MA, not MS… same rules still apply.
First, you need to check with your state. Many states will not permit the practice of a non-doctoral-level practitioner. Other states will only permit the practice of psychology while under supervision of a PhD or PsyD.
Agency work (such as with an inpatient hospital or residential treatment facility) often has the most “built-in” supervision because they have many licensed practitioners that can also supervise unlicensed or associate-level (master’s level) clinicians.
However, before you seek employment ANYWHERE, be sure to find out what the state’s licensure requirements are so that you can operate within the limits of your degree and ensure you document all your hours (including supervision, which needs to be signed by your supervisor) according to the regulations of the licensing board. There is also often a time limit by which you must take the licensing exam as well.
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