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Counseling related Acronyms and Abbreviations



J/K/L

JAOC = Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling
A publication.of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors.

 

JBRF = The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
JBRF is a 501(c)(3) organization that actively promotes and supports scientific research focused on the cause of and treatments for bipolar disorder in children.  We are the first and only non-profit foundation dedicated solely to promoting research to identify the source of early-onset bipolar disorder.
 

JCAHO = Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

 

JD = Doctor of Jurisprudence
A university law degree. (Counselors come from all kinds of degree backgrounds. The variety in training preparation and background experience can provide unique strengths for specific types of counseling situations.)

 

KBG = Knowledge-Based Governance
Developed by Glen Tecker, advocates periodic examination of an organization's governance structure to determine whether current approach fits the needs of the membership and promotes forward movement. [ ACA, Counseling Today, March 2003].

 

LASW = Licensed Advanced Social Worker

Social workers who practice in schools, hospitals, agencies, etc. Also see: LICSW. "Advanced social work" means the application of social work theory and methods including emotional and bio-psycho-social assessment, psychotherapy under the supervision of a licensed independent clinical social worker, case management, consultation, advocacy, counseling, and community organization. [Thanks to Betty Moe, DOH]
 

LBLT = Life-Between-Lives Therapist
A certification by the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists. Life-between-lives therapy was founded by Michael Newton, PhD, who "is considered a pioneer in uncovering the mysteries about life after death through the use of Spiritual Regression." 

 

LICSW = Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
These are masters-level clinical social workers with advanced experience who have met state requirements for licensure in Washington State and are overseen by the Washington State Department of Health. 
 

LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
These are masters-level marriage and family therapists with advanced experience who have met state requirements for licensure in Washington State and are overseen by the Washington State Department of Health. 
 

LMFTA = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
Designates a Counselor who has completed the Masters Degree program and is working, under approved supervision, toward a marriage and family therapist license.
 

LMHC = Licensed Mental Health Counselor
These are masters-level mental health counselors with advanced experience who have met state requirements for licensure in Washington State and are overseen by the Washington State Department of Health. 
 

LMHCA =  Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Designates a Counselor who has completed the Masters Degree program and is working under approved supervision toward a mental health counselor license. 
 

LSWA-A or LSWAA = Licensed Social Work AssociateAdvanced
Designates a Social Worker who has completed the Masters Degree program and is working under approved supervision toward a social work advanced license [Washington State 2009].
 

LSWA-IC or LSWAIC = Licensed Social Work Associate Independent Clinical
Designates a Social Worker who has completed the Masters Degree program and is working under approved supervision toward a social work independent clinical license [Washington State 2009].

 

SEE ALSO:
Mental Health Articles
How Drugs and Alcohol Affect the Brain and Body
Race Relations Articles

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