Zoricelis Davila, Ph.D. LPC-S, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor
Consejeria Bilingue y Psicoterapia
Research and Scholarship CACREP Doctoral Competencies (2016)
a. Research designs appropriate to quantitative and qualitative research questions
b. Univariate and multivariate research designs and data analysis methods
c. Qualitative designs and approaches to qualitative data analysis
d. Emergent research practices and processes
e. Models and methods of instrument design
f. Models and methods of program evaluation
g. Research questions appropriate for professional research and publication
h. Professional writing for journal and newsletter publication
i. Professional conference proposal preparation
j. Design and evaluation of research proposals for a human subjects/institutional review board review
k. Grant proposals and other sources of funding
l. Ethical and culturally relevant strategies for conducting research
Artifacts 1 – Research Week 1st-Place Award – List of Awards – (Photo on the upper right side)
Artifact 2 and 3 - Discrimination Model of Supervision Research Week Accepted Proposal and PowerPoint Presentation
Artifact 3 - Treatment Proposal for Research
Artifact 4 - Supervision Research Proposal
Artifact 5 - Experimental Proposal – This experimental proposal was prepared for the course COUC 740.
Artifact 6 and 7 - Discrimination Proposal Research Presentation – This research paper was prepared for the course COUC 714 Supervision and Consultation. This paper was submitted to Research Week which led me to win 1st-Place. Presentation Outline Notes
Artifact 8 – Newsletter Article Published for Multicultural Division of the American Association of Christian Counselors
Artifact 9 - Newsletter Publication on the Topic of PTSD for Spanish Missions Organization Women’s Missionary Union. List of Publications in this Newsletter.
Artifact 10 – Professional writing Three Books Published through Spanish Baptist Publishing House. These three books have been written on the subject of Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health for Women, and Counseling for Single Adults. (Photos below also presented in a separate page titled Books).
Artifacts 11 – AACC 2015 Conference Presentation in Collaboration with Dr. Elias Moitinho, Dr. Fernando Garzon, Dr. Fabio Freyre and myself. (photo slide on the side).
Artifacts 12 – ACA 2019 Conference proposal submission accepted. The title of the proposal was Integrating A Creative Approach to the Discrimination Model of Supervision. The format presented was a 60-minute Round Table Session. I submitted this conference proposal to present during the ACA Conference 2019 in New Orleans. It was accepted and placed on a Wait-list due to the high volume of submissions. The purpose of the Wait-list was to be ready to present in case there was a cancellation.
Artifacts 13 – AMHCA 2019 – Conference Proposal Submission
Artifacts 14 – AACC 2019 - Conference Proposal Submission
Artifacts 15 – Grant Proposal Writing
Artifact 16 – Program Evaluation and Curriculum Design. As part of my role as a Board Member of Christian Latina Leadership Institute one of my roles is to assist with models and methods of program evaluation for the institute. I was able to be key instrument in designing the program curriculum and add counseling courses to the program to educate on basic counseling skills applicable to ministry in the church and lay counseling.
Artifacts 17 – IRB Approval Letter for the Dissertation Proposal for Integrating Cultural Discussions in Counseling Supervision fulfills the requirement for design and evaluation of research proposals for a human subjects/institutional review board review. The IRB successfully approved the research which led to the development of a qualitative research of my dissertation. Meets standard, c, d, e, f, g, j, and l. During this process I demonstrated participation in Counselor Education Program Evaluation by conducting a focus group with interview questions I developed based on research and literature review.
I began my journey in the area of Research and Scholarship with encouragement and challenge. In my master’s degree I did not have a positive experience in the area of research; consequently, I thought research was not for me. When I received the letter of admission into the Ph.D. it indicated that I had to take a pre-requisite course of Research and Program Evaluation. At that moment I thought “This is it, I’m never going to get a Ph.D. if it depends on me passing research.” Nonetheless, I prayed and began to work. To my surprise, the course was so well developed that not only I received a letter grade of A but I began to understand the concepts of research. During my first doctoral course with Dr. Fred Volk COUC 740 Advanced Research Design, I talked to Dr. Volk about my negative experience which I called “traumatic” and told him all my fears about research. He understood, encouraged me, and helped me understand all the concepts with patience. Again, to my surprise I was able to understand all concepts to the point of earning an A in the course. The same story of success occurred for the course COUC 745 Advanced Statistics.
I have been able to learn and develop in the area of Research and Scholarship in such a way that I passed the Qualifying Exam on the first attempt including the area of Research. I submitted a proposal for a conceptual research on the Discrimination Model of Supervision during Liberty University’s Research Week Symposium last April 2018 and won first place over 115 presentations (Photo on the upper right side). This was a great surprise to me considering the journey I had in this area. Consequently, the most impactful, meaningful and important aspect for me personally and professionally was to discover that not only I enjoy research but also, I have conquered my negative experience and fear by demonstrating mastery of the subject when I won first place during Research Week.
Winning first place helped me strengthen my research skills and led me to develop a passion for research I had not experienced before. I submitted again a proposal to compete for the Three-Minute-Thesis Competition and was accepted. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw the competition two weeks before because the date and time of the competition was the same day and time of my dissertation defense. The good news was that the proposal was accepted with positive feedback. My development in research led me to discover a passion for Qualitative Research which led to my dissertation using Grounded Theory method.
One way I plan to utilize this strength in my vocation is through teaching Research in a way that helps students learn, understand, and develop a passion for research like it did for me. One area of challenge and growth opportunity is to continue to develop as a researcher with quantitative methods. I admit I am more inclined to qualitative research methods; but I want to be proficient in both methods. My plan to develop excellence in this area is by getting involved in active research and become a member of research organizations that help develop and strengthen more competencies.
My faith in Christ relates to this competency in the fact that it took faith in Christ and dependence in my relationship with him to believe I could learn Research without being traumatized and that I could develop competencies I did not know I could have.
Mastery level of knowledge and skill is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the Research and Scholarship standard: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), and (l).