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(mostly all) Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations



DASA = Division of Alcohol and substance Abuse
Washington State Info. Line: (360) 725-3700 Toll Free: 1-877-301-4557. About 2002, DASA combined with the mental health division to form DBHR.


DASIS = Drug and Alcohol Services Information System
Office of applied Studies, Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration.


DATOS = Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Studies
DATOS studies capture a longitudinal snapshot of drug abuse patterns and treatment responses in the U. S. The large number of programs from comparable metropolitan areas represented in this design sheds light on changes in treatment populations and service delivery over time.


DAWN = Drug Abuse Warning Network
A large-scale, ongoing drug abuse data collection system sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


DBHR = Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (Washington)
DSHS licenses and certifies treatment programs, and regulates treatment agencies providing services for chemical dependency, community mental health (voluntary and involuntary commitment services), and problem and pathological gambling. Our Certification, Licensing, and Customer Service Section supports our state's goals to improve services to vulnerable adults.


DBSA = The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is a comprehensive resource for more than 21 million people in the U.S. who live with mood disorders. They provide education, tools, peer support, and a wealth of inspiring stories to help you pursue your own path to wellness. Whether you need resources for yourself or someone you care about, they are is ready to help. []


DBT = Dialectical Behavior Therapy
A cognitive therapy technique used for treatment of borderline personality disorder.


DCC™ = Distance Credentialed Counselor
A new certification for counselors who do distance counseling using telephone counseling, secure email, chat, videoconferencing or computerized stand-alone software programs. The DCC represents to employers and the public that the individual credential holder has met the established requirements and adheres to the NBCC Code of Ethics and the Ethical Requirements for the Practice of Internet Counseling. The DCC is offered by CCE, an affiliate of NBCC (336) 482-2856.


DCDS = Designated Chemical Dependency Specialist
A person designated by the county alcoholism and other drug addiction program coordinator designated under RCW 70.96A.310 to perform the commitment duties described in chapters 70.96A and 70.96B RCW [Washington State RCW71.05.020 Definitions].


DCEP = Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology
A training facility credential for clinicians who are licensed, certified, or registered in the mental health field, and complete the DCEP continuing training program. [also, see ACEP]


DCFS = Department of Child and Family Services, Washington State


DCR = Designated Crisis Responders
On April 1, 2018 designated mental health professionals (DMHPs) were renamed designated crisis responders (DCRs) if they have participated in the 16-hour DCR training and are a DMHP in good standing.

The role of the DCR is to provide evaluation and assistance to Individuals according to involuntary mental health treatment laws, RCW 71.05 and 71.34. DCRs also respond to requests for evaluation via RCW 10.77 and 9.41. Has a DOH credential or license to practice.” Nov 24, 2020
See old designation: MHP or DMHP


DCSW = Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
The DCSW distinguishes advanced clinical practice expertise and is the National Association of Social Workers' highest professional clinical certification, exceeding all state requirements. The DCSW screens licensed experienced social workers through the application of rigorous criteria.


DMHP = Designated mental health professional - See new designation DCR =  Designated Crisis Responders (2018)
A mental health professional designated by the county or other authority authorized in rule to perform the duties specified in this chapter [Washington State RCW 71.05.020 Definitions] (prior to a 2005 revision this position was called a "county designated mental health professional or CDMHP.) 


DMHS = Disaster Mental Health Specialist
These are counselors who are ACA members who are certified as Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteers, have a Masters or Doctoral degree in a mental health field, and who have completed Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) on-line CEU DMHS training program before deployment. Participants are on stand-by for deployment anywhere in the continental US, must be willing to handle shift work up to 12 hours at a time, and agree serve at least one week at a time per disaster. Participants are compensated at an hourly rate, plus per diem, and expenses are reimbursed.


DRS = Doctorandus (Dutch pronunciation: [dɔktoːˈrɑndɵs]; Latin: he who should become a doctor),
Abbreviated drs., is a Dutch academic title according to the pre-Bachelor–Master system. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


DSHS = Department of Social and Health Services, State of Washington


DTR = "Dance Therapist Registered."
This credential requires a Master's degree from an approved dance therapy graduate program or a Master's in psychology or counseling and alternate route dance therapy training and additional credential application requirements. These professionals are qualified to provide mental health treatment in clinical settings. Also, some DTR's work in educational or other service settings. 


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