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Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations


WAC = Washington Administrative Code

Laws passed by the Washington State Legislature are published in the Revised Code of Washington. To aid in implementation, government departments must interpret and translate the laws into rules and guidelines. These are published as the Washington Administrative Code. (The sections of the WAC that apply to counseling are found in Chapter 246-809 WAC.


WADCR = Washington Association of Designated Crisis Responders
The purpose of this organization is to provide a common identity for those in the DCR role; to establish a network for sharing of information among DCRs; to promote the professional growth of DCRs through the development of a program of continuing education; to promote participation in lobbying, community education regarding mental health issues, and other professional endeavors; and to develop a mechanism for system exchange and review.


WADMHP = Washington Association of Designated Mental Health Professionals
[AKA: Washington State Designated Mental Health Professionals] See: acronym, MHP.

WAMFT = Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
The Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Mission is to network, educate, and advocate for the enrichment of our members, the advancement of our profession, and the health of our communities.

WaProCA = Washington Professional Counselors Association
In September 2006, registered counselors began meeting and organizing in order to respond to the proposed legislation intended to eliminate registered counselors in Washington State. They incorporated, hired a lobbyist, and managed to defeat the bill in 2007.

WATSA = Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
The Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (WATSA) is a state chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Incorporated in 1984, ATSA is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization. ATSA was founded to foster research, facilitate information exchange, further professional education and provide for the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offense management.


WCA = Washington Counseling Association
The WCA is a partnership of associations representing professional counselors and for the provision of services for promoting normal development, remedying the effects of anomalies in normal development (physical, psychological, social, ethical, and spiritual), and enhancing human potential. In addition, WCA serves to promote intercommunication between and among counseling groups and organizations in Washington between and among counseling groups and organizations in Washington, to represent the state in national forums and meetings, and to be a communication link with national and other state counseling organizations.

WCCVA = Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates
A broad-based coalition of individuals and crime victim service providers across the state of Washington, including community-based non-profit organizations, victim advocates in prosecutor's offices and law enforcement agencies, government-run victim services programs, and crime victim counselors as well as concerned citizens.


WISe = Wraparound with Intensive Services, or WISe, is a new approach to helping Medicaid-eligible children, youth, and their families with intensive mental health care. Services are available in home and community settings and offer a system of care based on the individualized need of the child or youth.

WMHC = Washington Mental Health Counseling Association
Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) is the professional organization working exclusively to meet the needs of Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington State.

WSAIOP = Washington State Association of Independent Outpatient Providers
Professional organization for Washington state approved outpatient chemical dependency treatment providers.


WSPA: Washington State Psychological Association
Founded in 1947, the Washington State Psychological Association represents the profession of psychology in the State of Washington. The association is recognized at the national level for both its success in legislative activism and professional support.

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