I also received a BA in psychology, and though I did not pursue the psychology career route, I've seen many of my peers go in a few different directions. The first thing to consider is if you want to continue clinical work and be a clinical psychologist, or if you would like a more research-oriented academic background. Research the differences between a PsyD, a PhD in Psych, and a social work degree (since social workers can also do clinical work). Do you want to also prescribe medication to patients? That would involve going to medical school to be a psychiatrist vs. a clinician.
If you find your current work with children rewarding - I'm not sure what kind of clinical disorders you are dealing with, if it's learning disability, personality disorder, development issues - but you can definitely search schools and programs that focus specifically on those areas. If you'd like to branch out, you could try internships or research coordinator roles that allow you to test out different things.
Ashley recommends the following next steps:
- Research the differences between a PhD, PsyD, psychiatry or social work degree, their pros and limitations, and see what you're interested in.
- Once you narrow that down, search programs - more important than schools - that have a strength in your area of interest.