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Counseling Acronyms


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NAACSW = North American Association of Christians in Social Work

North American Association of Christians in Social Work
NACSW is an interdenominational and international organization which grew out of a series of annual conferences beginning in 1950. In 1954, NACSW was incorporated in the state of Illinois as the  Evangelical Social Work Conference. In 1956, the association was renamed the National Association of Christian Social Work,  and in 1957, the name was changed to the National Association of Christians in Social Work. Finally, in 1983, the association adopted its present name, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work in  recognition of its members living in Canada.
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NAADAC = National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors
NACSW is an interdenominational and international organization which grew out of a series of annual conferences beginning in 1950. In 1954, NACSW was incorporated in the state of Illinois as the  Evangelical Social Work Conference. In 1956, the association was renamed the National Association of Christian Social Work,  and in 1957, the name was changed to the National Association of Christians in Social Work. Finally, in 1983, the association adopted its present name, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work in  recognition of its members living in Canada.
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NAAP = National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
NAAP was organized to: Establish educational standards for psychoanalytic training institutes seeking accreditation; Examine psychoanalytic training institutes to determine whether they have met the standards; Establish the qualifications of individuals for membership in NAAP, grant membership to individuals who have met the standards, and publish a National Registry of members in good standing; Elevate the standards of graduate education in psychoanalysis; Work toward the recognition of psychoanalysis as a separate profession; Serve a diverse population in the most professional way possible. 
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NABSW = National Association of Black Social Workers 
National Association of Black Social Workers 
Founded in May, 1968, in San Francisco, in response to issues related to providing human services in the Black community, educating social workers for effective service in the Black community, and providing opportunities for participation of Black social workers in the social welfare arena. Membership in NABSW is open to Black people working in human services and is not predicated upon degree or experience.
 

NACBT = National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
The NACBT is the leading organization dedicated exclusively to supporting, promoting, teaching, and developing cognitive-behavioral therapy and those who practice it.
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NACCMHC = National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors
National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors
Established by AMHC to administer the CCMHC and is now part of the NBCC. [Ah, the world of acronyms. Ain't it great!]
 

NAFC = National Association of Forensic Counselors
National Association of Forensic Counselors
The NAFC was the first to establish post graduate standards, guidelines, and professional responsibility to identify a competent workforce in the mental health, criminal justice, addictions and corrections professions in the very specialized areas of forensic counseling and criminal justice counseling and supervision.
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NAMI = National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 
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NASAP = North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology's mission is to foster and promote the research, knowledge, training, and application of Adlerian Psychology, maintaining its principles and encouraging its growth.
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NASW = National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers
The largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 155,000 members.
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NBCC® = National Board for Certified Counselors
National Board for Certified Counselors
An independent not-for-profit credentialing body, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify for professionals and the public those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors.
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NBCCH = 1. National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
A national certification that requires a minimum of a master's degree, at least 60 hours of training in hypnosis, and either state license, state certification or national certification.
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NBCCH-PS = National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist--Public Service
National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist--Public Service
This national certification requires both a master's degree and national certification in a mental health field, and at least 60 hours of training in hypnosis. No state license or certification is required. [See NBCCH, above.]
 

NBFE = The National Board of Forensic Evaluators
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators has two primary missions. The first one being to promote and serve the continuing education needs of mental health professionals. This is accomplished by educational seminars, workshops, publications, via a highly specialized team of trained forensic mental health professionals.  NBFE trains and certifies eligible licensed professional counselors to be certified forensic mental health evaluaators by a rigorous process involving training, mentoring and a written and oral examination protocol.  The second is to serve families by providing specialized assessments, educational materials and treatment plans. This is accomplished through a professional team approach used to assess and diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism, disruptive behaviors, oppositional defiant disorders, and various other problematic child behavioral issues.
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NCAC = National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I) or Level II (NCAC II)
National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I) or Level II (NCAC II)
Credentialing is administered by the NAADAC Certification Commission, an independent Commission, established in 1990 by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. 

 

NCC= National Certified Counselor
National Certified Counselor 
The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC) is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization established in 1982. NBCC’s original and primary purposes are to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. As NBCC has grown, it and its divisions and affiliates have taken on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession and enhance mental health worldwide. 
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NCCA = National Christian Counselors Association
National Christian Counselors Association
A non-profit, professional organization that trains, certifies, and licenses Christian counselors. "N.C.C.A.'s license is national, not state and, like ordination, it is a 'Sacred' office." The Association includes ministers, Christian counselors, testing specialists, medical doctors, attorneys, and educators.
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NCCATA = National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations
National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations
The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations, Inc., founded in 1979, is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. NCCATA represents over 15,000 individual members of five creative arts therapies associations nationwide.
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NCGC = (1.) National Certified Gambling Counselor (levels I and II)
National Certified Gambling Counselor (levels I and II)
National Gambling Counselor Certification Board, a division of the National Council on Problem Gambling, a non-profit organization.

 

NCGC = (2.) National Certified Gerontological Counselor
National Certified Gerontological Counselor
A specialty certification for gerontological counselors. The certification continues to exist, but new applications are no longer being accepted. The certification was offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.
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NCMHA = National Coalition on Mental health and Aging
National Coalition on Mental health and Aging
NCMHA is comprised of over 80 members representing professional, consumer and government organizations with expertise in mental health and aging issues. Its goal is to work together towards improving the availability and quality of mental health preventive and treatment services to older Americans and their families.
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NCMHCE™ = National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination
National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination
This exam is owned by the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc, and Affiliates. 

 

NCPsyA = NAAP-registered Certified Psychoanalyst
NAAP-registered Certified Psychoanalyst
The initials can be used by members in good standing who are certified by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis as a psychoanalyst.
 

NCPsyT = NAAP-registered Certified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists
NAAP-registered Certified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists
The initials can be used by members in good standing who are certified by a psychoanalytic institute as psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The use of these initials (NCPsyA & NCPsyT) facilitate public identification of psychoanalysis as a separate discipline as well as identify members as certified. 
 

NGCC = National Gambling Counselor Certification
National Gambling Counselor Certification
In 1984 the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) program was developed to promote a competency-based certification program for professionals treating problem and pathological gamblers and their families. The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) oversees the credential.  IGCCB contracts with the National Council on Problem Gambling to administer this program.
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NGH = National Guild of Hypnotists
 National Guild of Hypnotists
The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.is a not-for-profit, educational corporation in the State of New Hampshire. Officially founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950 the Guild is a professional organization composed of dedicated individuals committed to advancing the field of hypnotism. We provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas concerning hypnotism. The Guild is a resource for members and a vehicle for legal and legislative action.
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NGHW = National Guild of Hypnotists Washington
National Guild of Hypnotists Washington
State Chapter of NGH, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion of ethical stage hypnotists and hypnotherapists everywhere. The Washington State Chapter provides regular meetings and educational opportunities for hypnotherapists, stage hypnotists and other interested persons. NGHWA meetings are open to the general public. 
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NIMH = The National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
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NMHA = National Mental Health Association
National Mental Health Association
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.
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NPAP = National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis
National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis
The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis is a membership organization and training institute distinguished by its adherence to the principle that psychoanalysis is a discipline that can be practiced by nonmedical professionals. NPAP is open to training applicants from all fields of study and is accepting of many viewpoints within the field of psychoanalysis.
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NWADVTP = Northwest Association of Domestic Violence Treatment Professionals
Northwest Association of Domestic Violence Treatment Professionals
Promoting victim safety and upholding perpetrator treatment standards in cooperation with a viable coordinated community response.
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NWIADSCB = Northwest Indian Alcohol/Drug Specialist Certification Board 
Northwest Indian Alcohol/Drug Specialist Certification Board 
The Northwest Indian Alcohol/Drug Specialist Certification Board developed certification procedures in the fall of 1978 and began the awarding of certificates in 1979. The Northwest Indian Alcohol/Drug Specialist Certification BoardÂ’s Certificate is accepted by I.H.S., D.A.S.A, N.A.A.D.A.C., and I.C.R.C., and the States of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Certifications include (CIT) Chemical Dependency Counselor in Training, (CDC I) Chemical Dependency Counselor I, (CDC II) Chemical Dependency Counselor II, and (CDC III) Chemical Dependency Counselor III.

 

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