Imagine yourself in this scenario: You finally made it! After much hard work, you are now licensed and you recently accepted a job as a staff psychologist at a clinic in a great location. Your job description? You will provide therapy and assessment, maintain appropriate documentation, collaborate with other health providers, yada, yada, yada. That’s easy – you’ve done all this stuff before in your practica, internship, and fellowship – you’ve got this.
You will also have to supervise trainees. You had a small taste of that in your training. You fumble around a little as you figure it out, but you know enough about supervision to get by. After you get settled and feel like you have a good handle on things, you notice there are some other kinds of positions open to psychologists. These positions have additional responsibilities and they pay more money. They have titles like “Coordinator,“ “Director,” “Division Manager,” and “Chief Mental Health Officer.” You have heard these titles before and have known lots of people who have held them. Perhaps now you are ready to level up.