Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director, Assistant Professor of Counseling
On Faculty since 2012
Office: BGC M214
Ph.D., Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision, 2012
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School, Counseling Ministries, 2002
B.S., Liberty University, English Education, 1987
About Pamela Davis
Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Illinois) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor for the Association of Play Therapy. She received her M.A. in Counseling Ministries from Wheaton College and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Previously serving twenty-two years as a missionary in Thailand, Dr. Davis provides clinical consultation to missionary organizations and offers online supervision to counselors working in remote, overseas locations where counseling resources are not available. She has a keen interest in cross-cultural populations and has a first-hand understanding of the unique contribution that counselors and psychologists can make to missionary families. Dr. Davis directs the Missions Matters Lab, which focuses on research related to missionaries and other cross-cultural populations. When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and experiencing almost anything new.
- Basic Counseling Skills and Techniques
- Group Counseling
- Assessment in Counseling
- Counseling Challenges in Ministry
- Practicum and Internship Seminars
- Foundations of Play Therapy
- Foundations of Integration II
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association of Play Therapists (APT), Registered Supervisor Designation
- Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
- Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society
- Illinois Counseling Association
- Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association
Dr. Davis directs the Missions Matters Lab, focusing on research opportunities in the areas of missionary care, missionary resilience, and third culture kids. Currently, Dr. Davis has interest in research involving the life cycle of single missionaries, the prevalence of eating disorders among missionary kids (MKs), grief and loss among third culture kids, and vicarious trauma models as applied to the experience of cross-cultural workers.
Publications and Presentations
Davis, P. S., Edwards, K.J., & Watson, T. S. (2015). Using process-experiential/ emotion focused therapy techniques for identity integration and resolution of grief among Third Culture Kids. Journal of Humanistic Counseling 54(2), 170-186. DOI: 10.1002/johc.12010
Hudspeth, E. F., & Davis, P. S. (2015, June). Ethical web-based play therapy supervision. Play Therapy, 10(2), 16-20.
Davis, P. S., & Hudspeth, E. F. (2014, December). Web-based play therapy supervision: What, why, how, and who. Play Therapy, 9(4), 6-10.
Davis, P. S., & Edwards, K. (2013). Emotionally focused therapy techniques for the globally mobile. In L.J. Bushong (Ed.), Belonging everywhere and nowhere: Insights into counseling the globally mobile (pp. 241 – 254). Indianapolis, IN: Mango Tree Intercultural Services.
Davis, P.S., Suarez, E.C., Crawford, N.A., & Rehfuss, M.C. (2013). Reentry program impact on Missionary Kid depression, anxiety, and stress: A three-year study. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 2, 128-140.
Davis, P., Headley, K., Bazemore, T., Cervo, J., Sickinger, P., Windham, M., & Rehfuss, M. (2010). Evaluating impact of transition seminars on missionary kids’ depression, anxiety, stress, and well-being. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38(3), 186-194.
Davis, P., & Fry, M.L. (2010, June). Who’s in charge today?: Implementing child-centered play therapy groups in school settings. Play Therapy, 5(2), 16-19.
Headley, K., & Davis, P. S. (2016, March). Skills vs. content: Flipping the counseling classroom. Accepted for presentation at the national conference for the American Counseling Association, Montreal, Canada.
Davis, P. S., & *Warner, M. (2015, November). Why play matters: Integrating theology and spirituality in counseling children. Accepted for presentation at the international conference for Mental Health and Missions, Angola, IN.
Watson, T. S.,. & Davis, P. S. (2015, March). Best practices in web-based supervision. Presented at CAPS, Counselor Education track; Denver, Colorado.
*Fuchs, S., *Chen, A., *Chummongkhon, C., & Davis, P. S. (2015, February). Using child centered play therapy groups in school settings. Poster presented at the Illinois state conference for the Association of Play Therapy, Rosemont, IL.
*Quick, A., *Warner, M., *Sneed, A., & Davis, P. S. (2015, Feburary). Value of sandtray therapy with adolescents. Poster presented at the Illinois state conference for the Association of Play Therapy, Rosemont, IL.
Davis, P. S. (2014, October). Same sex attraction: Overflowing with hope. Presented at the international conference of Pastors to Missionaries, Asheville, NC.
Davis, P. S., *Ramos, S., & *Barrett, V. (2014, March). Using play therapy in eating disorder treatment: Techniques for use with individuals and groups. Presented at the national conference for the American Counseling Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Davis, P. (2013, April). Reentry Program Impact on Missionary Kid Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: A Three-Year Study. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, OR.
Watson, T., Davis, P., & Kellums, M. (2013, April). Enhancing Mental Health Education and Training for International Students: A Forum for Students and Educators. Presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, OR.
Davis, P. & Headley, K. (2011, November). Evaluating the impact of MK reentry programs on depression, anxiety, stress, and psychological well-being. Presented at the International Conference for Mental Health and Missions, Angola, Indiana.
Davis, P. (2011, February). Trauma and crisis among those who serve: Assisting missionary families recovering from traumatic stress. Presented at the International Conference of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Edlin, S., Davis, P. Sturrock, N., Wright, R., & Wyse, B. (2009, May). Developing a pilot program of global member care to enhance missionary effectiveness and resilience. Presented at the Evangelical Alliance Mission International Consultation on Global Member Care.
Davis, P. (2008, October). Coping with grief and loss in missionary transitions. Presented at the Narramore Christian Foundation Member Care and Counselor Training, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Davis, P. (2007, October). Adjustment issues of Missionary Kids: Depression, cutting, eating disorders, addictions, grief and loss. Presented at the Narramore Christian Foundation Member Care and Counselor Training, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Davis, P. (2005, September). The culture adjustment cycle as applied to short-term humanitarian aid workers. Presented at the Summer Institute of Linguistics Southeast Asia Regional Conference.
Friesen, T., & Davis, P. (2005, May). Training Thai counselors as child play therapists. Presented at the Royal Project Thailand Symposium for Tsunami Recovery, Bangkok, Thailand.
Olford, J.M. & Davis, P. (2005, March). Managing the psychological effect of grief and trauma in the aftermath of crises. Presented at the Chiang Mai Mental Health Care Network, Chiang Mai, Thailand.