(mostly all) Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations

(Plus Acronyms related to client mental or physical problems)



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.


FEPPP = Financial Education Public Private Partnership, recognizing the importance to our global economy for financial education, the WA State legislators passed 5720-S2.PL. to provide funding to the Financial Education Public Private Partnership“ establishing a grant program to provide assistance to school districts to integrate financial literacy education into professional development for certificated staff.”  Additionally, “Each school district, by March 1, 2023, shall adopt one or more goals for expanding financial education instruction to students in their district.”


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.


FGM = Female Genital Mutilation, an ancient ritual defined by the United Nations as the removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGM is a federal crime, and women’s advocates across the globe are campaigning to end the practice, which causes trauma and health complications.


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).


FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified

FNP-C = Family Nurse Practitioner- Certified


FODMAP = Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (short-chain carbohydrates-sugars that may cause intestinal distress), usually seen as, "low FODMAP diet" often as relates to IBS and SIBO, diagnoses that relate to generation of excess gas in the intestine causing pain, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, stomach bloating, gas and flatulence.


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).


FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out, A powerful emotional state.  “Scammers get you under that emotional either, putting that fear in you of mission out on the opportunity.” Says the director of fraud victim support for the AARP Fraud Watch Network


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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