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AAA = Abdominal aortic aneurysm

AAAC = The Academic Achievement and Accountability Commission was created by the 1999 Washington State Legislature to provide oversight of the state’s K-12 educational accountability system. The nine-member commission included a teacher, a principal, a school district superintendent, an attorney, an education researcher, three individuals with business backgrounds, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. NOTE: With the passage of ESSB 5732 by the Legislature (Chapter 497, Laws of 2005), the Academic Achievement and Accountability (A+) Commission was dissolved and its duties transferred to the State Board of Education. For information on the accountability work done by the A+ Commission, contact the State Board of Education, State Board website.

AAADD = Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder, a fictitious acronym taken from an email joke that was widely circulated in 2006-07. A.A.A.D.D. is supposed manifested by the person who goes through the day being visually distracted by environmental stimuli.  At the end of the day the person with AAADD has left behind a trail of started but unfinished projects.  [This webmaster suffers from EOAAADD or early onset age-activated attention deficit disorder.]

AAB = American Academy of Bereavement, a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is a national association devoted to the education, preparation and advancement of bereavement specialists.

AABT = Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

AAC = (1.) Agency Affiliated Counselor: A counselor who is employed by or has an employment offer with an agency or facility that is licensed or certified by the State of Washington.  The agency or facility sets the degree and experience requirements for the job, if any.  No degree, experience, or scope of practice standards are established or required by the State of Washington.  (2.) Association for Assessment in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association

AACAP = American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

AACC = American Association of Christian Counselors [Thanks to Skosh Jacobsen, MA]

AACTE = American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

AADA = Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association.

AAETS = the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

AAFP = American Academy of Family Physicians.

AAFGC = African Association for Guidance and Counselling [The National Certified Counselor, NBCC, Page 3, Volume 20 Number 2, Winter 2004]

AAFP = American Academy of Family Physicians [Their site is an excellent source of handouts about a variety of medical conditions.]

AAFWW = AA Friends World Wide

AAG = Assistant Attorney General

AAGC = (1.)  American Academy of Grief Counseling  (2.) African Association for Guidance and Counselling

AAGT = Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy 

AAHCPAD = American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders [Thanks to Kathy Kelley, The Meadows Institute.]

AAHPERD = American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

AAIP = The Association of American Indian Physicians

AAMC = Association of American Medical Colleges

AAMFT = American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a professional association.

AAMT = The American Association for Music Therapy, Inc. joined with the National Association for Music Therapy to form a new unified organization, the American Music Therapy Association in 1998.

AANP = American Association of Naturopathic Physicians  In addition to the basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostics, naturopathic education includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology and minor surgery.

AAP = (1.) American Academy of Pediatrics, (2.) Association for the Advancement of Psychology  (3.) founded in 1978 as the "Association of Alcoholism Programs of Washington State," it's now the Association of Alcoholism & Addiction Programs of Washington State, but they have never changed the acronym, or the legal name. [ Thanks to Sarajane Siegfriedt.]  (4.) Association for Addiction Professionals.

AAPC = American Association of Pastoral Counselors

AAPCHO = Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations is a national association representing community health organizations concerned with the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through its member community health clinics.

AAPCSW = American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, represents the interests of social work psychoanalyists and psycho-analytically informed social workers.  The AAPCSW is affiliated with The Clinical Social Work Federation.

AAPD = American Association of People with Disabilities is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

AAPI = the Association for Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes.

AAPPN = The Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses is Washington state's only organization committed specifically to the practice of advanced psychiatric nurse practitioners.

AAPSP = American Association of Professional Sociological Practitioners  

AAPT = American Association of Physics Teachers

AAS = American Association of Suicidology

AASA = American Association of School Administrators

AASCB = American Association of State Counseling Boards [thanks to Midge Williams, MA, LMHC, AMHCA President.]  In Spring 2005, the AASCB will launch its National Credential Registry to increase licensure portability--the ability to move more easily between states with a valid counseling license. Counselors will need to register and submit credentialing materials. [Thanks to Midge Williams, "Licensure Portability Nears Enactment," The Advocate (a publication of the AMHCA), April 2005.]

AASCIPSW = American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers promotes excellence in meeting the behavioral, emotional and psychosocial needs of individuals with spinal cord injury.  In 2005, opened membership to Licensed Professional Counselors and Certified Rehabilitation Counselors who work with persons with spinal cord injuries. (We hope they consider changing the organization's name in 2006, to be more open and inclusive.)

AASECT = American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists

AASLB = American Association of State Licensure Boards

AASM = American Academy of Sleep Medicine

AASSWB = American Association of State Social Work Boards

AASW = Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of Social Workers in Australia nation-wide.

AASWB = American Association of Social Work Boards, may be the same as AASSWB, above.  See also: ASWB, below.

AATA = American Art Therapy Association, Inc. promotes and regulates the educational, professional, and ethical standards for art therapists and is the official member organization for professionals and students in the field of art therapy.

AATH  = Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, formerly known as: American Association for Therapeutic Humor

AATOD = American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

AAUW = American Association of University Women, promoting education and equity for women and girls.

AB =  In Latin, a Bachelor of Arts degree is Baccalaureus Artium; however, an alternate form is Artium Baccalaureus.

ABA = Applied Behavioral Analysis, "...a therapy for autistic kids...Critics of ABA therapy, which uses one-on-one instruction, repetition and rewards, say studies don't show that it's effective.  Most insurers don't cover it, and critics argue it can be given by unlicensed practitioners.  But many parents insist it has pulled their kids out of their closed-in words to become more socially adept.  They maintain it should be covered just as rehabilitation therapy is for stroke patients." [Carol M. Ostrom, Seattle Times health reporter, June 16, 2011]

ABAP = American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis.

ABCC = Australian Board of Certified Counsellors

ABE or ABECSW= American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, 21 Merchants Row, Boston, Massachusetts 02109-2005. Telephone: 1-800-694-5285. They offer national certification of clinical social workers (see BCD, below).  [Thanks to Roberta Myers, Bellevue, Washington].

ABEPSGP = American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, P.O. Box 15572 Washington, D.C. 20003-0572. Telephone: (202) 483-0514. [Thanks to Peter Ettel, MA, LMHC--Seattle]

ABFC = American Board of Forensic Counseling

ABGC = American Board of Genetic Counseling prepares and administers examinations to certify individuals who provide services in the medical genetics specialty of genetic counseling, and accredits training programs in the field of genetic counseling. [Thanks to Robin L. Bennett, MS, CGC, Past-president I, National Society of Genetic Counselors, University of Washington Medical Center]

ABH = American Board of Hypnotherapy

ABHM = The Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management, the individual membership section of the NCCBH, represents behavioral healthcare executives.

ABHW = Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness-- formerly the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association (AMBHA)--is an association of the nation's behavioral health and wellness companies.

ABN = advanced beneficiary notice. (i.e.: a notice placed on the back of a medical form advising that Medicare may not pay for certain tests and that the patient will be responsible for payment.)

ABP = American Board of Psychotherapy  [Thanks to Dr Reuben Gross, New Jersey. I contacted him as one of several persons who listed a Diplomate from the ABP.]   [10/4/05 Michael B. Schwartz, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry (Psychotherapy) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine writes, "Good luck. It has been many years since I have heard from them and I assume that they are out of business. Please let me know if you are successful." 4/18/06 Dr. Reuben Gross agrees and writes, "I got no response when I wrote to their last known address."] 

My concern about those listing such a credential is (1.) there is no way for a potential client to verify that such an organization ever existed or that they ever issued a certificate to the person claiming it. (2.) that, at this point, anyone could list the honor without fear of challenge. This means people who use it in the future are more likely to be charlatans, and (3.) The Diplomate credential from ABP was issued with an expiration date. The most recent expiration date I have found so far is 1993. So it is not only a past honor, but an expired one.  I have been unable to locate a website, an address or similar information about the ABP--Webmaster.

ABPP = American Board of Professional Psychology
Toll-free: 1-800-255-7792  [Thanks to Dr Reuben Gross, New Jersey.]

ABS = 1.) The American Board of Sexology, 2431 Aloma Avenue, Suite 277, Winter Park FL 32792, (407) 645-1641. (2.) Applied Behavioral Science or ABS is sometimes mistakenly used as professional initials or credentials (for example: John Smith, MA, ABS) by graduates of Bastyr University's LIOS Leadership Institute of Seattle--a practice which this counselor/webmaster believes is both unethical and unprofessional.  Certain graduates have persisted in this practice despite Bastyr LIOS repeated requests that they discontinue the practice.  (see also, MA, ABS).

ABVE = American Board of Vocation Experts, 3540 Soquel Avenue, Suite A, Santa Cruz, California 95062. Telephone: (831) 464-4890, is an organization that grants board certification, specifically for Vocational Experts, by examination, credentials, professional contribution, and work product peer review, coupled with a minimum number of years experience in practical forensic work in the private and/or public sectors.

ABVE-D = Diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts.

ACA = (1.) American Correctional Association (2.) American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22304, is a national professional association for counselors of all types.  Phone: (800) 347-6647, TDD: (703) 823-6862. (3.) Australian Counselling Association

ACAC=Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling a new (2011) organizational affiliate of the American Counseling Association.  When it gains 500 ACA members, it will qualify as an ACA division.

ACADC = Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute, an educational program with a curriculum appreoved by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and a member of the Apostolic Council of Education Accountability.

ACAF = American Counseling Association Foundation.

ACAIT = American Counseling Association Insurance Trust provides insurance products and service to ACA members and their families.

ACAM = American Counseling Association of Missouri.  "Founded as the Missouri Personnel and Guidance Association (MPGA) in 1969, and after several intermediate name changes, in 1996 became the American Counseling Association of Missouri, emphasizing its connection with ACA."

ACA-PRN = American Counseling Association--Practice Research Network

ACB = American Council of the Blind

ACC = 1. Association Canadienne de Counseling, [French name for the English language CCA.] 2. Associate Certified Coach [ICF Credentialing Program]  3. Association for Creativity in Counseling a division of the American Counseling Association added 2004.

ACCA = American College Counseling Association, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ACCBO = Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon was founded in 1977, with the mission of certifying addiction professionals through competency based evaluation of education, experience and exams.

ACCFC = American College of Certified Forensic Counselors is not a college but rather the Certification Commission of the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC).  See also: Work as a Forensic Psychologist

ACCME® = Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACADC = Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

ABA = (1.) Applied Behavior Analysis (Applied Behavioral Analysis, Applied Behavioural Analysis), (2.) Association for Behavior Analysis (Association for Behaviour Analysis), (3.) Autism Behavior Analysis.

ACE = an organization consisting of education providers (facilities or companies)  that are members in the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education program. The Approved Continuing Education program was created as a way to help licensing boards make determinations about a provider's ability to supply social workers with effective, relevant continuing education. Approval through ACE means that a provider has met rigorous standards, and can provide social workers with high quality learning activities.

ACEG = Association for Counselors and Educators in Government, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ACEP = 1. [NBCC] Approved Continuing Education Provider.  NCCs are allowed to take non-approved continuing education hours for recertification purposes, many prefer to attend or purchase programs that carry NBCC approval.  2.  Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

ACEI = Association for Childhood Education International

ACEP = Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

ACES = The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ACGME = Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACHE = American Council of Hypnotist Examiners is based in Glendale, California, and claims to have 9400 members world-wide, and to be the primary hypnotherapist certifying association in the United States--having the highest educational standards of any hypnosis association in the world, only accepting hypnotherapy schools which satisfy the strict licensing requirements of the California State Council for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

ACHP = Academy of Correctional Health Professionals

ACHSA = American Correctional Health Services Association, an affiliate of the American Correctional Association.

ACNP = American College of Nurse Practitioners.

ACP = Address Confidentiality Program [Secretary of State, Washington State] provides crime victims and victims of domestic violence with confidential voter registration so that a perpetrator or stalker can not track them down using voter registration records.  All ACP participants must be referred to the program by a local domestic violence or sexual assault advocate who can help the victim develop a comprehensive safety plan.

ACPE = Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. [Thanks to Rabbi Robert Tabak, PhD, Staff Chaplain, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.]

ACROM = Asociatiei Consilierilor Romani is a recently founded (2009-2010) professional association intended to represent and support counselors in Romania to promote the transition from counseling as an occupation to counseling as a profession, establishing a legal framework for all counselors, developing and implementing an ethical code and quality standards, and supporting the development of a national certification in counseling. [NBCC newsletter, Volume 26, Number 1,WINTER 2010]

ACS = Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certification of the CCE (the Center for Credentialing & Education, a corporate affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors.)  The ACS credential was originally started by the National Board for Counselor Certification (NBCC) in 1997.   In January 2001, the ACS was transitioned to CCE to open the certification to mental health professionals who have obtained licensure or certification in a related discipline. (Under NBCC, only NCCs were able to qualify for the certification.) The ACS credential attests to the educational background, knowledge, skills, and competencies of the approved clinical supervisor.

ACSW = Academy of Certified Social Workers. In 1960, the National Association of Social Workers established the ACSW to provide certification of competence for private practice by individual social workers. [Thanks to Heidi Burke, Bellevue, Washington.]

ACT = Academy for Coach Training

ACTP = Accredited Coach Training Program, ICF Credentialing Program

ACTFL = American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

ACW = Association for Counseling at Work, a division of the BACP that promotes and supports the professional practice of counseling and counseling skills in the workplace in the United Kingdom.

AD = (1.) Alzheimer's Disease  (2.) Addictive Disorder, proposed as a new diagnosis (not currently an approved DSM IV diagnosis)-- for problem behaviors, often called process addictions and including sex, eating, working, spending or shopping, gambling, the Internet, exercising, television, and video games--by Bryce Hagedorn, chair of the Committee on Process Addictions for the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors.. 

ADAA = Anxiety Disorders Association of America

ADAI = Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute of the University of Washington

ADAM = Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program

ADARA = acronym for the former " American Deafness And Rehabilitation Association" now known as "Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery with Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing."

ADATSA = the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act which is a legislative enactment providing state-financed treatment and support to chemically dependent indigent persons in Washington State. (It's not the same, but see also: Drug Court)

ADCA = Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

ADD = attention deficit disorder--a disorder mainly present in children and adolescents, characterized by learning and behavior problems and inability to pay attention.  [see ADHD, below.]   See also: Adult ADD.

ADEC = Association for Death Education and Counseling,  "The Thanatology Association."  Thanatology defined as,  "The study of death and dying, including the medical, psychological, and sociologic aspects of it.  Each society has its own responses to death and dying. From the Greek thanatos meaning death + -logy." [definition from "We Bring Doctor' Knowledge to You."]

ADHD or AD/HD = attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD is the term used by the NIMH for people diagnosed with a set of symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity, in combination or separately.  While previously ADD and ADHD were used to separate those with hyperactivity and those without, ADHD is now used to describe both types.

ADIN = Australian Drug Information Network

A/DIS or ADIS = Alcohol and Other Drug Information School

ADL (ADLs) = activities of daily living

ADP = average daily population (as in a unit or facility)

ADRA = Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority, the branch of the Louisiana Department of Healthy and Hospitals that oversees addiction counselors.  See also: CAC LAC & LAC.

ADSS = Alcohol and Drug Services Study, Office of applied Studies, Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration.

ADTA = American Dance Therapy Association was founded in 1966. ADTA works to establish and maintain high standards of professional education and competence in the field of dance/movement therapy.  [Thanks to Kirsten Etnoyer, Seattle.]

ADTR = (1.) Academy of Dance Therapists Registered is a senior-level clinician credential for experienced, evaluated and approved DTR's, is officiated by the American Dance Therapy Association, or (2.) a member of the Academy of Dance Therapist Registered.   (See also: DTR and CMA.)

AECT = Association for Education Communications and Technology

AED or AEDs = Automated External Defibrillators can be used by trained staff and untrained persons to restore a normal heart rhythm in someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

AERA  = American Educational Research Association

AETC = AIDS Education and Training Center

AfCA = African Counseling Association [Thanks to Dr. Kim Richards}

AFDC = Aid to Families with Dependent Children

AFN = Alaska Federation of Natives

AFSP = American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFB = American Foundation for the Blind

AFD = age of first drink

AFF = Advance Fee Fraud, known internationally as "4-1-9" 419-fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes, are often very creative and innovative. A large number of victims are enticed into believing they have been singled out from the masses to share in multi-million dollar windfall profits for doing absolutely nothing. Victims are most often contacted by email.

AFH = Adult Family Home.  ADH locator for Washington State.

AFT = American Federation of Teachers

AGLBIC = Association for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association.

AGCA = Australian Guidance and Counselling Association

AGPA = American Group Psychotherapy Association

AHA = American Hospital Association

AHP = Association for Humanistic Psychology

AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHP or AHPs = Association Health Plans, 2005 proposed legislation that would allow small businesses to band together through associations and purchase healthcare for workers and their families.  AMHCA opposes this legislation because these plans would be exempt from state laws, including those mandating mental health benefits, mandatory reimbursement laws, vendership laws, and other laws to protect patients.  [The Advocate, January 2005, a publication of AMHCA.]

AHT = America's HealthTogether, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build national support for affordable health--and mental health--for all and to eliminate health care disparities and inequities.

AIA = an alcohol impact area. A defined area where it is illegal to sell beer or malt products with an alcohol content more than 5.7 percent and a cost of 4 cents or less per wholesale ounce.  It is an attempt to decrease concentration of drunks in an area by restricting the availability of strong cheap alcoholic beverages including fortified wines (Tacoma & Seattle, Washington)

AICT = American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, a New York clinic founded in 1985 as the Center for Cognitive Therapy (CCT).

AIDS = acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

AIHCP = American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Proceeds from Certifications and Fellowships programs of the AIHCP are donated to the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, and continues her work of caring for the poor, the sick and the dying throughout the world today.

AIP = Association for Independent Practitioners, a division of BACP that represents the interests of counsellors and those using counselling skills who either work independently or in agency settings in the United Kingdom.

AIRS = Alliance of Information and Referral Systems, incorporated in 1973, is the professional association for over 1,000 public and private community information and referral (I&R) providers. Comprehensive and specialized I&R programs are found in nearly every community and operate as a critical component of the health and human service delivery system, primarily in the United States and Canada.

AISCB = Association of Intervention Specialists Credentialing Board, 401 E. Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702. Telephone: (217) 698-8110.

AKA = 1. also known as, or 2. another known alias

AKOM = All Kinds of Minds, a program that advocates for the unique learning needs of children.

ALA = American Library Association

AlCA or ALCA = Alabama Counseling Association (formerly the Alabama Association for Counseling and Development) is a branch of the American Counseling Association.

ALGBTIC = Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling--counseling lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender youth or queer youth. (Once a derogatory term, queer is now used and accepted in the LGBT community.) [Thanks to ACA e-news, October 7, 2008, Vol X, No. 20]

AlMHCA or ALMHCA = Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association

ALPS = Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor granted by West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling. [Thanks to Barry Row, West Virginia.]

AM = (or a.m.) ante meridiem (the period between midnight and noon.)

AMA = American Medical Association

AMBHA = the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association founded in 1994, is now known as the Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW).

AMCD = Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association.

AMCP = Academy of Managed Care Providers®, "a national organization of clinicians, managed care professionals and affiliated healthcare industry professionals, has been serving members since 1993." [Thanks to Barry T. Levy, Long Beach, CA.]

AMF = The National Students of AMF (Ailing Mothers & Fathers) Support Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support all college students with an ailing or deceased loved one, empower all college students to fight back against terminal illness, and raise awareness about the needs of grieving college students.

AMFTRB = Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards

AMGA = American Medical Group Association, an association that represents medical groups.

AMHCA = American Mental Health Counselors Association, a former division of the American Counseling Association, now independent.

AMHCF = American Mental Health Counselors Foundation, a foundation formed by the AMHCA and supported by grants and donations.  It is intended to promote the mental health of all Americans by research, education, promoting the highest standard of practice of the profession and service to the community.

AMI = The Association for Music and Imagery is an organization of persons who have been trained in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

AMTA = American Music Therapy Association, Inc., 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, USA, Phone: (301) 589-3300, Fax: (301) 589-5175.  [Thanks to Christina Ivanna, Edmonds, Washington.]

ANA = American Nurses Association.

ANAD  = National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders --a non-profit dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders since 1976.

ANCPR = Alliance for Non-Custodial Parents Rights.  When you join ANCPR, you can get immediate access to the ANCPR Members Only Forum, where your questions are answered by ANCPR staff, AND, you also get immediate download access for the ANCPR Winning Strategies Handbook!

ANMA = American Naturopathic Medical Association

AOA = (1.) American Orthopsychiatric Association ("Ortho") is an 80-year old membership association of mental health professionals concerned with clinical issues and issues of social justice. Ortho provides a common ground for collaborative study, research, and knowledge exchange among individuals from a variety of disciplines engaged in preventive, treatment, and advocacy approaches to mental health. (2.) American Osteopathic Association [ For Patients, Consumers and Media] [ For Health Industry Professionals] a member association representing osteopathic physicians (D.O.s).  Osteopathy is "a system of medicine based on the theory that many diseases are caused by misalignments of bones, ligaments, and muscles, and that correcting these through manipulation can cure the problems." [source:] (3.) Administration on Aging, a federal department (AoA), part of the federal  Department. of Health & Human Services.

AOD = alcohol and other drugs, as in "AOD clients will authentically engage in treatment when they are convinced they are respected and will benefit from the process."

AODA = Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse, a professional oversight organization located at 3725 National Drive, Suite 213, Raleigh, NC 27612. Raleigh, NC. [Thanks to Nelson Fernandini, Florida]

AOTA = The American Occupational Therapy Association

AOTF = American Occupational Therapy Foundation

APA = 1.) American Psychiatric Association  2.) American Psychological Association or 3.) American Psychotherapy Association [Thanks to Terry Johnson, LPC, from Denton County in north central Texas.]

APABC = Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia, makes it's programs available through the Adler Centre in Vancouver, BC..

APAC =   Asian-Pacific American Caucus (see CACD-APAC).

APD = Avoidant Personality Disorder

APECA = Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia Pacific.

APHA = American Public Health Association (links to state associations)

APIRE = American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1998 to place the American Psychiatric Association in the leadership role by contributing to the scientific base of psychiatric practice and policy.

APMHA = American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association

APNA = American Psychiatric Nurses Association

APO = Army (or Air Force) Post Office

APPIC = Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers

APSCC = Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling, a division of the BACP that aims to improve the quality of pastoral care and counselling in the United Kingdom, lay and ordained, voluntary and paid: e.g. clergy and ministers, social workers, doctors, therapists, nurses, Christians, Jews, other religions and non-committed, and to raise standards in the teaching and exercise of pastoral care and counselling.

APSP = Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

APS = 1.  American Pain Society   2.  American Psychological Society 3.  Australian Psychological Society, 4. Arno Profile System, explained as a counseling tool that helps counselors to "identify counselees' problems faster and more accurately."

APSA = American Psychoanalytic Association

APSAC = American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

APSAD = Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs [Australia]

APT = Association for Play Therapy  There are many state chapters.  [Thanks to Mary Phillips Green, Puyallup, WA.]

ARC =   1. Application Review Committee, ICF Credentialing Program   2. Applied Research Center Organized to study of the practice of community organizing and perform research into the issues around which organizers were mounting campaigns, especially the identity concerns of people of color, gays and lesbians, and women.

ARCA = American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ArMHCA = Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association

ARND = alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder.   Term used when signs of brain damage appear following fetal alcohol exposure, but in the absence of other indication of FAS.  (See FAS)

ARNP = Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Requires advanced diagnostic training and often has authority to write and monitor prescriptions.

ART = (1.) Aggression Replacement Training® trademark issued to Barry Glick, co-author of "Aggression Replacement Training: A Comprehensive Intervention for Aggressive Youth." [Thanks to Counseling Today Sept 2004, an ACA publication.]  or (2.) Affect Rescripting Therapy. [Thanks to "Chapter News" in the Advocate Vol. 30, No.1, an AMHCA publication.]

ARY = "At-Risk Youth," as defined by Washington State law. 

AS = Asperger Syndrome (See: ASPIRES, below.) This diagnosis is eliminated in the DSM-5, and becomes "a mild version of autism."

ASAM = American Society of Addiction Medicine, but ASAM criteria is a phrase used to refer to a set of patient placement criteria (PPC) written by ASAM and used to move a person through on a continuum of care from assessment through treatment and to discharge in a prescribed and consistent fashion. [Thanks to Sarajane Siegfriedt for reminding me.]

ASCA  = American School Counselor Association, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ASCD = Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

ASD = autism spectrum disorder refers to a broad definition of autism including the classical form of the disorder as well as closely related disabilities that share many of the core characteristics--Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett's syndrome, Asperger syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. [ERIC EC Digest #E583, article by Glen Dunlap and Mary-Kay Bunton-Pierce, Council for Exceptional Children, Information Center on Disabilities and Gifted Education.]

ASERVIC = Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ASGPP = American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, founded in 1942 by J. L. Moreno, MD, it is the pioneer membership organization in group psychotherapy. 

ASGW = Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association.

ASOTP = The Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider has passed the initial test and now needs to complete 2000 hours of supervised clinical practice to become a SOTP. [Good luck on finding a web link on this one.  The Washington State Department of Health changes their URLs frequently and without notice.]

ASPE = American Society of Professional Education

ASPIRES = Asperger Syndrome Partners & Individuals Resources, Encouragement & Support.

ASPPB = Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards in the United States and Canada (Lost tract of website in 2008, and unable to locate any current information about the organization.)

ASTT = Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma is a group of physicians, psychologists, social workers and human rights advocates who have come together to find ways to help survivors of torture and trauma.

ASU = Adjudicative Services Unit is responsible for the content of the Washington State Department of Health " Provider Credentials Look-up System" information. They track disciplinary timelines in compliance with a Washington State legislative mandate, as well as comply with a federal mandate for reporting all disciplinary actions taken against Health Care Providers to the National Healthcare Integrity Protection Databank. ASU works with written documents. If you find errors in the Provider Lookup section, write to them at DOH-ASU, PO Box 7879, Olympia WA 98504-7879.

ASWB = Association of Social Work Boards

ATCB = Art Therapy Credentials Board  grants registration (ATR) after reviewing documentation of completion of graduate education and postgraduate supervised experience. The Registered Art Therapist (ATR) who successfully passes the written examination administered by the ATCB is qualified as Board Certified (ATR-BC), a credential requiring maintenance through continuing education.

ATA = American Translators Association

ATE = Association of Teacher Educations

ATLAS = Apparently this is not an acronym but is the name of a UNESCO (World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations) surveillance initiative that maps international mental health resources such as the availability of providers and services.  Eventually, an ATLAS publication will allow individuals to identify the number of counsellors available in relation to specific populations, the existence of policies for credentialing counsellors, and descriptions of work carried out by counsellors in each responding country. Initial data collection and writing efforts will be done by NBCC-I and is expected to begin by the end of 2005.  [Thanks to "The National Certified Counselor" Vol. 21, No.3, Fall 2005, a publication of the National Board for Certified Counselors.]

ATOD-C = Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Certified. The certification title is being revised. By the end of 2000, persons holding the ATOD certification will be notified and have certificates that say C-CATODSW. [Thanks to Susan B. Merrick, ACSW, Senior Staff Associate, Credentialing Center, National Association of Social Workers, 1-800-638-8799, Ext. 262.]

ATODC = Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug – Certified. This is a specialty certification of the National Association of Social Workers.  (see C-CATODSW)

ATP = Association for Transpersonal Psychology

ATR = Art Therapist Registered or Registered Art Therapist.

ATR-BC = Art Therapist Registered-Board Certified. (see ATCB)

ATRL = means a person registered as an Art Therapist who is granted a license to practice psychotherapy. [Wisconsin]

ATSA = Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international organization focused specifically on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders.

ATSDR = the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is the principal federal public health agency involved with hazardous waste issues.

ATSS = Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists

AUCC = Association for University and College Counselling, a division of the BACP that promotes student counselling as an integral part of the educational process of Institutions of Further and Higher Education in the United Kingdom.

AUDIT = Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, was developed by the World Health Organization to screen for harmful or hazardous drinking patterns.

AVRT = Addictive Voice Recognition Technique

AWAKE = The Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators [part of OAKE] 

AWARE = Associates for World Action in Rehabilitation and Education 

AWP = "any willing provider" laws require health-maintenance organizations and other insurers to accept into their networks all...providers that agree to the insurer's terms of service--as opposed to limited panels of providers. --State law upheld in US Supreme Court case, Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller, 2003. [Thanks to "News from Washington," AMHC publication, The ADVOCATE, Vol. 26, No.6, June 2003.]

AYP = Adequate Yearly Progress, refers to the measure of school performance as measured by testing of students under the federal funding bill referred to as "No Child Left Behind."

AzAADAC = Arizona Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, a state affiliate of NAADAC.

AzAMFT = Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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