Jun-chih Gisela Lin, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Lin graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has been working at the Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University since 1993. She is a Past President and Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her areas of interests include multicultural counseling, supervision, mentoring, organizational consulting and women’s health.
Q. What motivated you to seek board certification?
While psychology licensure sets the minimum competency requirements, Board Certification demonstrates professional commitment to higher standards of quality client care in that specialty. As a woman of color, I always strive for excellence. Being Board Certified is one of the ways I can demonstrate that commitment.
Q. What did you learn about yourself and your practice while doing board certification?
I gained greater understanding and appreciation of how important cultural factors are to me and how I use cultural factors to help form better therapeutic relationships
Q. What advice would you give to a candidate for board certification in Counseling Psychology?
After you become a candidate, you will submit a Practice Sample (self-study and a case study). After the Practice Sample is approved, you will take the Oral Examination.
The Practice Sample writing process provides you with an opportunity to take a critical look at your work. You have a lot of control over the examination content. You determine the professional function area (psychotherapy, supervision, research, administration, etc.) in which you wish to be examined. You also determine the conceptual framework that you use in your Practice Sample and in the Oral Examination. Then you demonstrate that framework in your case study. Pay close attention to the guidelines the board provides you so you know what competencies areas you are asked to demonstrate. This process can be very intensive but also very rewarding. During the Oral Examination, you will be examined by several examiners. The certification process is very challenging but collegial. You will demonstrate you have the competencies to meet the higher quality of care in today’s multicultural society.
Q. What have you found most valuable or rewarding about board certification?
As I said earlier, the Board Certification demonstrates my commitment for higher standards and excellence. I felt a great sense of self-growth and accomplishment. Being Board Certified may open up many career opportunities for me. I believe Board Certification may be particularly helpful for people of color to advance their career.