(mostly all) Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations



FAPA = Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association 
Being a Fellow is an honorary designation that was created by the APA Membership Committee and Board of Trustees to recognize early career members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the on-going work of the Association.  Most members who pursue Fellow status perceive it as one of the first steps to enhancement of their professional credentials.  Fellows are recognized by their colleagues in the APA as a member of a very select group and are permitted to use the FAPA designation on all of their professional documentation.


FBA = Functional Behavioral Assessment or Functional Behavioral Analysis
Functional behavioral assessment is generally considered to be a problem-solving process for addressing student problem behavior. It relies on a variety of techniques and strategies to identify the purposes of specific behavior and to help IEP teams select interventions to directly address the problem behavior.


FCC = Federal Communications Commission.
Caller ID spoofing is one of several kinds of spoofing used by scammers and cybercriminals.  Report unwanted calls to local authorities: If you’re in the US, any suspect or unwanted calls should be reported to the US’s FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which investigates consumer complaints of fraudulent phone spoofing.


FERPA = Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act
Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. ... Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.


FIPA = the Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association
Credential indicates that the practitioner has fully satisfied all educational requirements for qualification as a psychoanalyst and for membership in the International Psychoanalytical Association, the oldest and largest international psychoanalytic organization and the world's primary accrediting and regulatory body for psychoanalysis.


FMHE = Forensic Mental Health Evaluator
A special psycho/legal certification offered by the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE).


FOIA = The Freedom of Information Act
Provides public access to all federal agency records except for those records (or portions of those records) that are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions or three exclusions (reasons for which an agency may withhold records from a requester).


FOO = Family of Origin
Refers to family of origin issues, used to indicate a problem area for the client or a practice specialty of a counselor.


FOT = Focusing Oriented Therapy
A treatment for PTSD, which can be used alone or integrated into a variety of other treatment methods.


FPE = Forensic Psychological Evaluator
A credential offered by the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.


FSSS = The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
A nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research related to sexuality. Created in 1985 by SSSS, the goal is to to establish a perpetual pool of funds (via endowments) to facilitate the scholarly study of sexuality. 


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