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Abbreviations and Glossary:   

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  (Underlined letters are hyperlinks to below)

 

AADP: American Association of Drugless Practitioners  

ABD: All but Dissertation -- the informal designation of Ph.D. (ABD), for "All But Dissertation," not an actual degree but an informal convention.

ABPP: American Board of Professional Psychology Certified 

ABMPP: American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians

ACA: American Counseling Association

ACS: Approved Clinical Supervisor

ACSM-HFI: American College of Sports Medicine  Health Fitness Instructor 

ACSW: Licensure varies by state. A clinical social worker may be a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers or listed in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Register of Clinical Workers.

ADC II: Is a Texas Credential signifying that a person is board certified at the masters degree level. Alcohol Drug Counselor, Level II

ADA: American Dietetic Association

ADTR: Academy of Dance Therapists Registered

 

AED: Academy for Eating Disorders 

 

AFAA: Aerobics and Fitness Personal Trainer Certification & Group Exercise Certification www.afaa.com

 

ANAD: Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (Association)

 

AOBTA: American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia

 

APRN-BC: Advanced Practice Nurse, Board Certified

 

APSW: Advanced Practice Social Worker -- Adult Protective Social Workers

 

ATR: Art Therapist Registered

 

ATR-BC: Art Therapist Registered -- Board Certified

 

BC-DMT: Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

 

BCBA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

 

BCD: Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, clinical social workers with a masters degree, more than five years of experience in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, who have passed an examination and met the other requirements for national certification by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE). Annual recertification is required. 

 

BC-DMT: Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

 

BCETS: Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress

 

BCIA-C: Biofeedback Certification Institute of America Certified

 

BCN: Board Certified in Neurofeedback

 

BCPC: Board Certified Professional Counselor

 

BCPCC: Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors

 

BCW: Bachelor of Community Welfare

 

CAAC: Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor

 

CAC: Certified Addiction Coach

 

CADC: Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor

 

CADAC: Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor

 

CAP: Certified Addiction Professional

 

CARF: Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, to advocate and promote quality rehabilitation services, the organization is now known simply as CARF.

 

CAS: Certified Addition Specialist

 

CASAC: Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

 

CBT: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

 

CCBT: Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist

 

CCC: Canadian Certified Counsellor

 

CCH: Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

 

CCHT: Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

 

CHt: Certified Hypnotherapist

 

CCN: Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

 

CCSAS: Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist

 

CCSD: Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

 

CCSW: Certified Clinical Social Worker 

 

CED-RD: Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian 

 

CD: Certified Dietitian

 

CD-N: Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

 

CDEs: Certified Diabetes Educators

 

CDMS: Certified Disability Management Specialist

 

CDE: Certified Diabetes Educator

 

CDN: A certified dietitian or certified dietitian-nutritionist integrates and applies principles derived from nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health. 

 

CDPT: Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee

 

CDVC: Certified Domestic Violence Counselor

 

CEAP: Certified Employee Assistance Professional

 

CEDA: Certified Eating Disorders Associate

 

CEDRD: Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian: A certification offered by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals; designed to demonstrate knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders.

 

CEDRN: Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse

 

CEDS: Certified Eating Disorder Specialist: A certification offered by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals; designed to demonstrate knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders.

 

CEDS/S: Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor: A certification offered by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals; designed to demonstrate knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders.

 

CEDT: Certified Eating Disorder Therapist

 

CEO: Chief Executive Officer


CET: Certified Experiential Therapist. It is a certification granted be the American Society of Experiential Therapists.

 

CFCS: Certified Family and Consumer Scientist  www.oaimh.org 

 

CFT: Certified Fitness Trainer

 

CGP: Certified Group Psychotherapist, offered by the American Group Psychotherapy Association or Certified Group Practitioner 

 

CGT: Certified Gestalt Therapist

 

CHES: Certified Health Education Specialist

 

CHC: Certified Health Counselor

 

CHHC: Certified Holistic Health Counselor

 

CHHP: Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

 

CHT: Certified Hypnotherapist

 

CHTP:  Certified Healing Touch Practitioner

 

CLT: Certified Lymphedema Therapist

 

CMT: Certified Massage Therapist

 

CMFT: Certified Marriage and Family Therapist

 

CN: Certified Nutritionist

 

CNC: Certified Nutrition Consultant

 

CNS: Certified Nutrition Specialist

 

Counselor: A generic term for someone who counsels

 

CPC: Certified Professional Coach

 

CPCC: Certified Professional Co-Active Coach

 

CPLC: Certified Personal Life Coach

 

CPT: Certified Personal Trainer

 

CPWLC: Certified Professional Weight Loss Coach

 

CRAT: Certified Rational Addictions Therapist

 

CRC: Certified Disability Manager

 

CS: Clinical Specialist or Clinical Supervisor

 

CSAT: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

 

CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

 

CSP: Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition

 

CSRC: Certified Subconscious Restructuring Life Coach/Counselor or Certified Sexual Reorientation Coach

 

CSSD: Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

 

CSW: Certified Social Worker 

 

CSWCM: Certified Social Work Case Manager

 

CTRT: Certified Trauma Resolution Therapist

 

CWC: Certified Wellness Coach

 

CYT: Certified Yoga Therapist

 

DAPA  Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association

 

DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

 

DTR: Dance/Therapist Registered   It signifies to the public and professional communities that an individual is prepared to practice dance/movement therapy in a clinical, educational, or rehabilitative setting.
 

DCSW: Doctorate in Clinical Social Work

 

D.O.: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine,  Psychiatrist

 

DNBAO:  Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics

 

DPNAP: Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice. Elected individuals who have spent a significant portion of their professional career in the practice and direct delivery of health care services. www.napractice.org

 

Dr.: Doctor could be an M.D, a Ph.D., a Psy.D., Ed.D., D.O., or a DCSW

 

DSc: Doctor of Science

 

DSW: Doctor of Social Work or DCSW Doctor of Clinical Social Work

 

Eclectic: Employing individual elements from a variety of treatment styles


Ed. D.: Doctorate of Education

 

Ed.M.: Master of Education

 

Ed.S.: Educational Specialist

EFT: Emotional Freedom Therapist

Emetophobia:  Emetophobia is an intense, irrational fear or anxiety pertaining to vomiting. This specific phobia can also include subcategories of what causes the anxiety, including a fear of vomiting in public, a fear of seeing vomit, a fear of watching the action of vomiting or fear of being nauseated. It is considered to be one of the most common phobias in the world. (Wikipedia)

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic process that has people find relief from a wide range of emotional and personal problems especially trauma.

 

EPC: Certified Eating Psychology Counselor, The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Colorado http://psychologyofeating.com/ 

 

ERS: Environmental and Resource Studies or Environmental and Rural Science

 

E-RYT: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
 

FAAFP: Fellow American Association of Family Practice

 

FAAP: Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics

 

FABMPP: Fellow American Board of Medical Psychotherapists & Psychodiagnosticians 

 

FACP: Fellow of the American College of Physicians

 

FADA: Fellow of the American Dietetic Association

 

FAED: Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders

 

FAEDA: Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorder Association

 

FAPA: Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association

 

FBT: Family-based Treatment

 

FIPA: Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association

 

FNP: Family Nurse Practitioner

 

FSAM: Fellow Society for Adolescent Medicine

 

Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis causes anorexia in the physical sense, but is due to a malfunctioning of the stomach muscle. The stomach does not contract because the vegas nerve no longer works to signal the stomach to function. Food does not digest, leaving one nauseated and unable to gather any nutrient value from it. This can cause one to often spontaneously and without warning vomit undigested food hours after eating. This disease is most common in people with diabetes.

 

GCFP: Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner 

 

GCP: Good Clinical Practice or Member of the Guild Complementary Practitioners

 

HFS:  stands for Health Fitness Specialist. Its an abbreviation deemed from the American College of Sports Medicine for those who have completed the requirements (education/testing) for this level of distinction

 

HSPP: Health Service Provider in Psychology

 

IAEDP: The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

 

IAYT: International Association of Yoga Therapists

 

ICADC: Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor

 

IEATA: The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association http://www.ieata.org

 

IECA: Independent Educational Consultant Association  http://www.iecaonline.com/

 

IFT: Intensive Family Therapy

 

IMDHA: International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association

 

IMF: Intern in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

JCAHO: The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) sets standards for healthcare organizations and issues accreditation to organizations that meet those standards.  JCAHO conducts periodic on-site surveys to verify that "an accredited organization substantially complies with Joint Commission standards and continuously makes efforts to improve the care and services it provides."

 

JD: Doctor of Jurisprudence (an attorney)

 

LAC: Licensed Addiction Counselor

 

L.Ac.: Licensed Acupuncturist

 

LADC:  Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

 

LAMFT: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

 

LAPC: Licensed Associate Professional Counselor

 

LCAS: Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

 

LCADC: Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

 

LCAT: Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

 

LCDC: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

 

LCMFT: Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist

 

LCMHC: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

 

LCP: Licensed Clinical Psychologist

 

LCPC: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor


LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker: A mental health professional with a Masters Degree (MSW) in social work and two years of supervised clinical experience.

 

LCSW-C:  Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical: Masterís in Social Work, Clinical

 

LCSW-R: In New York State, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) is a person who has a Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited university and has passed the state's licensure exam. The "R" designation is only awarded after a licensed Clinical Social Worker has had a minimum of 6 years of postgraduate professional supervision, and has met strict credentialing guidelines. The "R" designation allows for third party insurance reimbursement. Prior to September 1, 2004 the license, Certified Social Worker (CSW) was issued by New York State, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) license replaces it. 

 

LD: Licensed Dietician

 

LDN: Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist

 

LGBT: (or GLBT) refers collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

 

LGSW: Licensed Graduate Social Worker

 

LICSW: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker  These are masters-level clinical social workers with advanced experience who have met state requirements for licensure.

 

LISAC: Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor

 

LISW: Licensed Independent Social Worker

 

LISW-CP: Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice

 

LISW-S: Licensed Independent Social Worker - Supervisor

 

LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

LMFTA: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

 

LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

 

LMHCA: Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

 

LMHP: Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

 

LMNT: Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist

 

LMSW: Licensed Master Social Worker

 

LMSW-ACP: Licensed Master Social Worker-Advanced Clinical Practitioner


LN: Licensed Nutritionist

 

LLC: Legal structure called a Limited Liability Company Corporation. These initials are not indicating additional education or training.

 

LLP: (1) Limited Liability Partnership (2) Limited License Psychologist 3) Licensed Psychological Practitioner
 

LP: Licensed Psychologist

 

LPA: Licensed Psychological Associate

 

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor: A type of counseling license generally held by a Masters level graduate or professional. The requirements for this type of licensure are less than that for a Psychologist or Psychiatrist licensure. 

 

LPCC:  Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

 

LPCI: Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

 

LRCP: Licensed respiratory care practitioner

 

LRD: Licensed Registered Dietitian

 

LSCSW: Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker

 

LSLP: Licensed Speech Language Pathologist

 

LSWA: Licensed Social Work Associate: Bachelorís in Social Work, Basic 

 

MA: Master of Arts--a university graduate degree requiring one or two years of additional study above the requirements for a bachelors degree (BA or BS)

MACP: MA in Counseling Psychology or MA in Community Psychology or MA in Clinical Psychology

MAEd: Masters Degree in Education

MAPC: Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

MAIOP: Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT or LMFT): Designation given to persons with specialized training in Marriage and Family Counseling. Requires masters level training and strong emphasis on family systems and family therapy but not limited to family therapy alone.

MC: Masters in Counseling

MCJ: Masters Degree in Criminal Justice

M.D.: Medical Doctor

 

M.Div.: Masters level degree in Divinity. Individuals holding this degree have learned counseling approaches/techniques in the context of divinity school graduate training.

 

M.Ed.: Masters in Education

 

MFA: Master of Fine Arts degree , involving music, art, music & art history, etc.

 

MFC: Marriage and Family Counselor

 

MFCC: Marriage, Family and Child Counselor

 

MFT: Marriage and Family Therapist

 

MFTi: Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

MGPGP: Master in Group Process/Psychotherapy (individual/group psychodynamic psychotherapy)

MH: Master Hypnotist

 

MHA: Masters in Health Administration

 

MHC: Mental Health Counselor

 

MHR: Master of Human Relations

 

MHSA: Master of Health Services Administration

 

MHSc: Master of Health Science

 

MHSP: Mental Health Service Provider

 

MLSP: Master of Law and Social Policy

 

MOE or MOAE: Master in Occupational and Adult Education

 

MPC: Master of Pastoral Counseling

 

MPH: Master of Public Health

 

MPhil: Masters degree in Philosophy

 

MPS: Master of Professional Studies is one of the degrees offered by Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 11205. The MPS degree is offered in several departments: Arts and Cultural Management, Art Therapy & Creativity Development, Art Therapy--Special Education, and Design Management.

 

MS: Masters of Science - a university graduate degree requiring one or two years of additional study above the requirements for a bachelors degree (BA or BS)

 

MSCP: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

 

MSEd: Master of Science in Education

 

MSLPC: Master of Science, Licensed Professional Counselor

 

MSN: Master of Science in Nursing

 

MSPH: Master of Science in Public Health  

 

MSSW: Master of Science in Social Work

MSTOM: Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine

MSW: Masters in Social Work 

 

MT-BC: Music Therapist, Board Certified

 

NASM-CPT: National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer 

 

NBCCH: National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists

 

ND: Naturopathic Doctor

 

NCC: Nationally Certified Counselor

 

NBCC: Nationally Board Certified Counselor http://www.nbcc.org/

 

NEDA: National Eating Disorders Association

 

NGH: National Guild of Hypnotists

 

Night Eating Syndrome: The condition is characterized by a lack of appetite for breakfast; the consumption of more than 50 percent of daily calories after the evening meal, and waking up, at least, once a night to consume high-carbohydrate snacks. To receive a diagnosis of NES, symptoms must have continued for a minimum of three months.

 

NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLPP: Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner

NP: Nurse Practitioner

 

NPP: Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry

 

NCPsyA: Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst

 

P.A.: Physician's Assistant or Psychological Assistant  (This person is under a supervisor's license)

 

PACCC: Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors

 

Partial hospitalization is a type of program used to treat mental illness and substance abuse. In partial hospitalization, the patient continues to reside at home, but commutes to a treatment center up to seven days a week. Since partial hospitalization focuses on the overall treatment of the individual, rather than purely on his or her safety, the program is not used for people who are acutely suicidal.

 

PAT: Professional Art Therapist or a Provisional Addictions Therapist

 

Pastoral Counselor: Generally a clergy person, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, etc. who provides counseling. Some Pastoral Counselor have degrees such as M.Div. or MFT but is important to ask for credentials if this is an issue for you.

 

PBSP: Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (see www.pbsp.com)


Ph.D.: Doctorate of Philosophy (Psychology) Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy): A doctoral degree requires extended graduate level university training. This training generally lasts 4-6 years after completing regular college bachelor degree programs. Clinical Psychologists often have this degree but this degree can be used by many difference field (i.e. Ph.D. in Education).

 

PICA: Pica is an eating disorder typically defined as the persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least 1 month at an age in which this behavior is developmentally inappropriate.

 

PLC or PLLC:  Legal structure utilized when therapists, in accordance with provisions of the Professional Limited Liability Company Law form a professional practice by registering with the State Education Department and the Department of State. This organization may be formed by members of certain different professions to offer multi-disciplinary services (cannot include professionals licensed in Medicine and Dentistry). These initials are not indicating additional education or training.

 

PLMHP: Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

 

PLPC:  Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselors are experienced therapists who have a Masters Degree in Counseling. They are working under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor to complete licensure requirements. They offer a reduced fee scale according to need and income.

 

PMH: Psych-Mental Health
 

PMHNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 

Psy. D.: Doctorate of (Clinical) Psychology Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology): A doctoral level degree requires extended graduate level university training. Not all university programs offer Psy.D. degrees. The Psy.D. degree can indicate a more clinical focus than a Ph.D. but not necessarily.

Psychologist: A doctoral level degree in the science of Psychology. Psychologists that specialize in therapy are called Clinical Psychologists. Psychologists are the most extensively trained therapists.  The term Psychologist is legally protected by state law - only persons who are licensed as psychologists can call themselves psychologists.

Psychopharmacology: The study of the actions, effects, and development of drug that influence the mind.

Psychiatrist: A Medical Doctor or Physician (MD) who has completed medical school and a multi-year residency in Psychiatry. They are experts in the use of medications to treat mental disorders. They focus on a medical model of treating mental illness rather than providing counseling or individual therapy. 

Psychoanalyst: A therapist who practices analysis and focuses on early childhood experiences.

Psychodynamic: The interaction of various conscious and unconscious mental or emotional processes, especially as they influence personality, behavior, and attitudes

Psychotherapist: This is a generic term and does not apply to any specific credentials. 

PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

QCSW: Qualified Clinical Social Worker

 

RAS: Registered Addition Specialist   from www.Breining.edu

 

RBT: Rational Behavior Therapist

 

RC: Registered Counselor

 

RCC: Registered Clinical Counselor

 

RD: Registered Dietitian

 

RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist  -- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration have approved the optional use of the credential "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) by registered dietitians (RD).

 

RDT: Registered Drama Therapist

 

REAT: Registered Expressive Arts Therapist

 

RRCA: Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach

 

RRT: Registered Respiratory Therapist

 

Rumination syndrome, or Merycism, is an under-diagnosed chronic condition characterized by effortless regurgitation of most meals following consumption

 

RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher 

 

Self Psychology: Self psychological theory proposes that healthy self-development proceeds from adequate responsiveness of caregivers to the child's vital emotional needs, including alterego needs, idealizing needs, and mirroring needs

 

SEP: Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Certified)

 

TAS (Tobacco Addiction Specialist): A certification through The Association for Addiction Professionals www.naadac.org

 

ThD: Doctor of Theology Degree

 

Therapist: Also known as "Psychotherapist". This is a generic term and does not apply to any specific credentials. 

 

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