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Counseling Acronyms

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SAC = Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance abuse counseling is a demanding form of community outreach that requires patience, compassion, and a keen desire to help others who in crisis. A good portion of the addict population are people who need help in many areas of their lives.
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SAP = Substance Abuse Professional
 Substance Abuse Professional
(A national certification) defined by US Department of Transportation rules to be a licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy), a licensed or certified psychologist, a licensed or certified social worker, or a licensed or certified employee assistance professional (EAP). In addition, alcohol and drug abuse counselors certified by the NAADAC Certification Commission, a national organization that imposes qualification standards for treatment of alcohol-related disorders, are included in the SAP definition. All must have knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders (the degrees and certificates alone do not confer this knowledge).
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SCA = Seattle Counselors Association
Seattle Counselors Association
Seattle Counselors Association is a non-profit professional community of mental health providers serving the entire Puget Sound region. We are a networking organization for counselors and provide referrals for people looking for a counselor.
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SC-C = Spiritual Counselor, Certified
Spiritual Counselor, Certified
Offered by AICHP, the certification does not require a degree. Applicants must complete a minimum of 340 hours of university and college based courses, continuing education seminars, retreats, self-study and distance learning programs, etc. completed within a five year period prior to the date of application. [Thanks to Rita McFadden Lofgren.] (re: reincarnation and past lives regression.)

SWABH = Southwestern Washington Association for Behavioral Therapy
Southwestern Washington Association for Behavioral Therapy
An organization for mental health counselors--primarily in the Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, and Tumwater, Washington area--SWABH offers support and monthly networking and educational opportunities, bringing in local experts to speak on topics of interest.
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