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Appendix: Common Initials and Abbreviations

AA Alcoholics Anonymous
Associate of Arts
AAP American Academy of Psychotherapists
AAPC American Association of Pastoral Counselors
AANP American Association of Nurse Practitioners
AATA American Art Therapy Association
ABAP American Board for Accreditation in
ABFP American Board of Forensic Psychology
ABPN American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
ABPP American Board of Professional Psychology
ACA American Counseling Association
ACSW Academy of Certified Social Workers
ADC Alcohol and Drug Counselor
APA American Psychological Association, or
American Psychiatric Association
APN Advanced Practice Nurse
ARNP Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
AS Associate of Science
ATR Art Therapist Registered
ATR-BC Art Therapist Registered-Board Certified
BA Bachelor of Arts
BCD Board Certified Diplomate
BS Bachelor of Science
CAC Certified Addiction Counselor
CASAC Certified Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor
CATC Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor
CBT Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
CCPT Certified Clinical Pastoral Therapist
CpastC Certified Pastoral Counselor
CSW Clinical Social Worker
CSWA Clinical Social Work Association
DAC Drug and Alcohol Counselor
DCSW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
DMin Doctor of Ministry
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DSW Doctor of Social Work
EdD Doctor of Education
LICSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCP Licensed Clinical Psychologist
LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
LCS Licenses Clinical Social Worker
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMSW Licensed Master Social Work
LP Licensed Psychologist, or
Licensed Psychoanalyst
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
NCC Nationally Certified Counselor
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
MA Master of Arts
MD Medical Doctor
MFCC Marriage Family and Child Counselor
MFT Marriage and Family Therapist
MHN Mental Health Nurse
MS Master of Science
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
MSW Master of Social Work
MC Master of Counseling
NAADAC Association for Addiction Professionals
NAAP National Association for the Advancement of
NASW National Association of Social Workers
NBCC National Board of Certified Counselors
NCPsyA Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst
NP Nurse Practitioner
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
PsyD Doctor of Psychology
REBT Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
RN Registered Nurse

Appendix: Common Initials and Abbreviations

Ben Butina

Ben Butina is a therapist and trainer. He is the executive director of Westmoreland Marriage, Inc. and lives with his wife and two children in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. This book is reproduced here with permission and is copyrighted © Ben Butina. All rights reserved.

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Butina, B. (2014). Appendix: Common Initials and Abbreviations. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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Last updated: 1 Feb 2014
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