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During your academic studies and throughout your career in psychology, you will frequently use shorthand terms to communicate with your colleagues and clients. Our glossary of need-to-know psychology acronyms is organized into degrees, mental illnesses, therapies, job titles, and professional organizations.

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Counseling and Psychology Degree Acronyms

BA: Bachelor of Arts

BS: Bachelor of Science

BSW: Bachelor of Social Work

DSW: Doctor of Social Work

MA: Master of Arts

MS: Master of Science

MSW: Master of Social Work

Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy

Psy.D.: Doctor of Psychology

Mental Illnesses Acronyms

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

APD: Antisocial Personality Disorder

ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

BD: Bipolar Disorder

BED: Binge Eating Disorder

BDD: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

BPD: Borderline Personality Disorder

DMDD: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

ED: Emotional Disturbance or Eating Disorder

GAD: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ID: Intellectual Disability

LD: Learning Disability

MDD: Major Depressive Disorder

OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OUD: Opioid Use Disorder

PPD: Paranoid Personality Disorder

PTSD: Most Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

Therapy Acronyms

ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

CAT: Cognitive Analytic Therapy

CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CET: Cognitive Enhancement Therapy

CFT: Compassion Focused Therapy

CMT: Concentrative Movement Therapy

CPT: Cognitive Processing Therapy

DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

EFT: Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT: Emotional Freedom Therapy

FAP: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

IBP: Integrative Body Psychotherapy

ISTDP: Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

MDT: Mode Deactivation Therapy

PCIT: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

PCT: Person-Centered Therapy

PE: Prolonged Exposure Therapy

REBT: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

TFP: Transference Focused Psychotherapy

Counseling and Psychology Job Title Acronyms

CADC: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

CAC: Certified Addiction Counselor or Certified Alcoholism Counselor

CSAC: Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

LCMHC: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

LCPC: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LICDC: Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LMHP: Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

LPCC: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor of Mental Health

LSSP: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

MFCC: Marriage, Family, and Career Counselor

NCSP: Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Organizations

ABCFP: American Board of Couple and Family Psychology

ABPN: American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

ABPP: American Board of Professional Psychology

ACSW: Academy of Clinical Social Workers

AMA: American Medical Association

APA: American Psychological Association

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health

Other Psychology Resources

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