(mostly all) Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations

(Plus Acronyms related to client mental or physical problems)



RAINN = Rape Abuse Incest National Network 
When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider." Recommended resource:


RAM = Relationship Attachment Model
Terry Real and Dr John Van Epp’s analytical model which..."informs the person on the major areas that predict what a person will be like in a marriage and the bonding forces that must be kept in balance as a relationship grows."


RAS = (1.) Registered Addiction Specialist
Addiction professionals with a CADC, MAC, MFCC, CAS, CAP, CSAC or similar certificate or license may register with The Register of Addition Specialists.


RBRVS = The Resource-Based Relative Value Scale
Physician payment system used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and most other payers. The RBRVS is based on the principle that payments for physician services should vary with the resource costs for providing those services and is intended to improve and stabilize the payment system while providing physicians an avenue to continuously improve it.

RC = Registered Counselor
[Washington State] a former category of unlicensed counselors which included persons from a wide range of training--starting with those persons with no academic qualifications at the bottom and up to and including those with bachelors or masters degrees. In the later case, the persons with masters degrees have not yet completed the hours of supervised counseling necessary to achieve licensure. [Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 2674 (Chapter 135, Laws of 2008) amends credentialing standards for Registered Counselors. The legislation created eight new counseling professions, effective 7/1/09, and abolished the registered counselor (RC) credential effective 7/1/10.]

RCW = Revised Code of Washington
These are the laws of the State of Washington. The section of the law that governs Counseling is RCW 18.225.

R-DMT = Registered Dance/Movement Therapist
Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) acknowledges the attainment of a basic level of competence in dance/movement therapy, achieved through the completion of dance/movement therapy education and training.  The R-DMT signifies both the first level of entry into the profession and the individual's preparedness for employment as a dance/movement therapist within a clinical and/or educational setting.

RDT = Registered Drama Therapist, National Association for Drama Therapy
Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.

REBT = Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Welcome to the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI), a world-renowned psychotherapy training Institute established in 1959, committed to promoting emotional well-being through the research and application of effective, short-term therapy with long-term results.  AEI’s therapeutic approach is based on rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy. REBT is an action-oriented psychotherapy that teaches individuals to identify, challenge, and replace their self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with healthier thoughts that promote emotional well-being and goal achievement. 


RJ = Reproductive Justice movement, see Sistersong


RMTP = Registered Movement Therapy Practitioner
It is a training facility registration that was formerly offered by The Institute For Transformational Movement in Seattle. Practitioners continue to use the initials although the training program no longer exists. Movement Therapy is body-based mental health counseling. The client uses physical movement along with talking to express their feelings. 

RPT = Registered Play Therapist 
The RPT and RPT/S credentials are issued by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). There are 43 state chapters across the USA--but not in Washington State.  Note: In a number of states, RPT is a "protected" physical therapist acronym. In those states the RPT credential is not to be used by others such as a Registered Play Therapist.


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