Organizations and Professionals Glossary

The following list describes the initials, professional degrees, and organizations that may be used by human services professionals. This may be helpful as a resource tool.

Initials, Degree
Full Name
A.A.T.A. American Art Therapy Association
A.B.A. American Bar Association
A.B.E.C.S.W. American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
A.C.E.P. Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
A.C.S.W. Academy of Certified Social Worker
ADTA American Dance Therapy Association
A.D.T.R. Academy of Dance Therapist Registered
A.M.A. American Medical Association
A.M.H.C.A. American Mental Health Counselors Association
A.P.A. American Psychological Association
A.P.A. American Psychiatric Association
A.S.A. Assistant States Attorney (can be in either Juvenile and/or Crimininal Court
A.T.R. Art Therapist Registered
A.T.R. - B.C. ARt Therapist Registered - Board Certified
AYA American Yoga Association
B.A. Bachelor of Arts Degree
B.C.D. Board Certified Diplomat (given byABECSW to Social Workers)
B.S. Bachelor of Science
B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
B.S.W. Bachelor of Science in Social Work
C.A.C. Certified Addictions Counselor
C.E.T. Certified Expressive Therapist
C.R.C. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
C.E.U. Continuing Education Units
C.M.T. Certified Massage Therapist
DASA Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (Illinois)
D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
D.C.F.S. Department of Children and Family Services (Illinois)
D.C.P. Department of Child Protection
D.C.S.W. Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (Awarded by the National Association of Social Work)
D.D. Dually DSM-IV Diagnosis and/or Developmental Delayed, and/or Chemically Dependent
D.Ed. Doctorate in Education
Det. Detective
Dipl. Ac. Diplomat of Acupuncture
Dipl. Hom. Diplomat of Homeopathic Medicine
D.N. Doctor of Nephropathy or Doctor of Naturopathy
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
D.P.M. Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Dr. Doctor
DSM-IV Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
D.S.W. Doctor of Social Work
DTR Dance Therapist Registered
Dx Diagnosis
FICPP Fellow International College of Prescribing Psychologists
HCFS Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Illinois)
H.L.M. Honorable Life Member (awarded to art therapists by AATA)
Hx History
IAAP Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals
I.A.T.A. Illinois Art Therapy Association
IAODAPCA Illinois Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
I.C.A.S.A. Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
I.C.A.D.V. Illinois coalition Against Domestic Violence
ISSD The International Society for the Study of Dissociative Disorders
I.T.P. Individual Treatment Plan
JCASA Jewish Coalition Against Childhood Sexual Abuse
J.D. Juris Doctor (degree earned by an attorney_
L.A.N. Local Area Network - Community Mental Health Centers boundaries for funding
L.C.P.C. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (In Illinois, mental health provider with Master's Degree who accepts most insurance for payment)
L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (In Illinois, mental health provider with Master's Degree who accepts most insurance for payment)
L.D. Licensed Dietician
L.L.M. License of Law (requires Master's Degree in law)
L.M.H.C. Licensed Mental Health Counselor (requires Master's Degree)
L.M.F.T. Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Counselor