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Counseling Acronyms


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BACB = Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Offering two levels of credentials, including Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Applicants for the BCBA must have at least a master's degree, while BCaBA applicants need at least a bachelor's degree. Eligibility to take the certification exams also requires autism coursework and experience, which may be met by certificate programs. To maintain certification, professionals meet continuing education requirements.

 

BBS = the Board of Behavioral Sciences
Board of Behavioral Sciences
One of the boards within the California Department of Consumer Affairs and regulates California Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Educational Psychologists, interns, and Associate Clinical Social Workers.
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BCaBA = Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Applicants for the BCaBA need at least a bachelor's degree. Eligibility to take the certification exams also requires autism coursework and experience, which may be met by certificate programs. To maintain certification, professionals meet continuing education requirements. See: BACB.

 

BCBA = Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Applicants for the BCBA must have at least a master's degree. Eligibility to take the certification exams also requires autism coursework and experience, which may be met by certificate programs. To maintain certification, professionals meet continuing education requirements. See: BACB.

 

BCBT = Board Certification in Bereavement Trauma™
Board Certification in Bereavement Trauma™
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress® is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and to provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors.
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BCD = Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
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.This certification is sometimes referred to in error as a BCDSW.

 

BCDT = Board Certification in Disability Trauma ™
Board Certification in Disability Trauma ™
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCDV = Board Certification in Domestic Violence
Board Certification in Domestic Violence
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCECR = Board Certification in Emergency Crisis Response
Board Certification in Emergency Crisis Response™ 
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.

 

BCETS = Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
This is a national certification from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. This certification is now the international standard for clinicians performing "critical incident stress debriefings" in the aftermath of disasters or other traumatic events. 
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BCFT = Board Certification in Forensic Traumatology
Board Certification in Forensic Traumatology
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCIT = Board Certification in Illness Trauma
Board Certification in Illness Trauma
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCMHL = Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.
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BCRT = Board Certification in Rape Trauma
Board Certification in Rape Trauma
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCSA = Board Certification in Sexual Abuse
Board Certification in Sexual Abuse
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCSCR = Board Certification in School Crisis Response
Board Certification in School Crisis Response
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BCSM = Board Certification in Stress Management
Board Certification in Stress Management
A certification of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress®.
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BDD = Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder 
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a preoccupation with some imagined defect in appearance or a markedly obsessive focus on a perceived abnormality of the nose, hair (any body part), complexion, or on the shape and weight of the body. Sufferers feel misunderstood and cannot believe that others do not see their perceived ugliness. This may manifest itself in eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Secrecy often delays diagnosis and treatment.

 

BEPP = Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD
Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD
Much attention is given to making meaning out of the traumatic experience after facing the memories via imaginary exposure. In 1980 Berthold Gersons, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at the Academical Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, started research on trauma and PTSD in the police force and established the first self-help-team in Dutch police force. Currently (2011) 10 percent of Dutch police officers are member of the 'occupational support teams' after trauma. He developed the Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEPP) protocol consisting of 16-sessions for police officers and other trauma victims and showed the effectiveness in randomized trials.

 

BMCH = BodyMind Counseling Hpynotherapist
BodyMind Counseling Hpynotherapist
A training facility certification by BodyMind Academy in Bellevue, Washington. [Thanks to Ayhan Yavuz, BMCH, Bellevue, Washington.]

 

BSFT = Brief Structural Family Therapy
Brief Structural Family Therapy
Developed by Jose Szapocznik, Phd, "is based on the Structural Family Therapy work of Minuchin (1974) and Aponte and Van Deusen (1981). It is a flexible model with the length of intervention tailored to the special needs of each family. The typical duration lasts 12 to 16 weeks, and its core components are joining, family-pattern diagnosis and restructuring."