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Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations


PBH = Professional Board of Hypnotherapy, Inc.
A voluntary membership organization and association designed for the purpose of networking, education, and promotion of the art and science of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.


PCCA - Pierce County Counselors Association
A professional networking association for mental health counselors in Pierce County, Washington.


PCDP-PC = Personal Career Development Profile for Professional Counselors
16PF® Questionnaire: evaluates both normal and pathology-oriented personality making it a valuable tool in general counseling, career counseling, treatment planning, forensic evaluation, and more. The NBCC and IPAT, Inc. joined forces to to introduce career and psychological assessment instruments that are tailored to the needs of professional counselors.


PCE or PCEC = Psychological Continuing Education Credit
Courses approved by an authorized psychological association as meeting the criteria for Psychological Continuing Education Credit. (Similar to CEU.)

PhD = Doctor of Philosophy
A university graduate degree requiring two or three years of additional study above the requirements for a masters degree (MA or MS). Consumer suggestion: always ask what field the degree is in. (For example, a PhD in music does not indicate any special level of training in counseling.)

PNSJA = Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts
A group of licensed mental health professionals who have received specialized training in Analytical Psychology and are Certified as Jungian Analysts. The PNSJA is a member society of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP).

PREA = Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003
Prevention & Reporting [Federal law and WA. DOC Policy 490.800 "specifies that inmates, visitors, inmate family members/associates, and other community members can report: Allegations of sexual misconduct, Retaliation of inmates or staff for reporting sexual misconduct, and/or Staff actions or neglect that may have contributed to an incident of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct under this law includes: Inmate-on-inmate sexual assault and abuse Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct (sexual/inappropriate relationships with inmates), Inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual harassment." "The Department of Correction's (DOC) policies regarding sexual misconduct apply to all inmates, both incarcerated in a prison or work release facility and on community supervision. They also apply to employees, contractors, and volunteers." Go to: ( to Report Sexual Misconduct at any Washignton State correctional facility.


PSAS = Puget Sound Adlerian Society
A affiliate of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. PSAS publishes a quarterly Parenting Calendar that listings parenting courses, support groups, and leaders' training, and offers Sanity Circus course for parents, teachers, and counselors in cooperation with local PTAs and the Seattle Council PTSA.

PSGPN = Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network
The Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network supports excellence in the practice of group psychotherapy by presenting professional education and training programs. We promote the value and awareness of group psychotherapy by providing referral sources to the public and to other health care providers.


PsyD= Doctor of Psychology degree
Similar to a Ph.D., but the dissertation is usually required to be directly applicable to clinical practice. 

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