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AABT
Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (previous name of our organization, 1966-2005)

ABCT
Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (current name of our organization, 2005-present)

ABCT governance
The board of directors, coordinators, and committee chairs that make things happen for the organization.

abct.org
*awesome* website full of information for students, academics, and paractitioners as well as the public

BT
Behavior Therapy, the original empirical journal of ABCT

C & BP
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, the clinically-oriented journal of ABCT

MJ
Our fearless leader Mary Jane Eimer; executive director of ABCT.

SIG
Special Interest Group

tBT
our flagship newsletter, the Behavior Therapist!

Webinar
Web= online; inar= part of seminar. Put it together= a web based seminar. Register, watch, become involved!

Allied Organization, Institution, or Coalition

AACBT
Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy

AAS
American Association of Suicidology

ABPP
American Board of Professional Psychology

ABBCP
American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology

ACBTA
Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association

ACJS
American Criminal Justice Society

ADAA
Anxiety and Depression Association of America

ADAC/ACTA
Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada

AGPA
American Group Psychotherapy Association

ALAMOC
Asociación Latinoamericana de Análisis y Modificación del Comportamiento

APA
American Psychological Association and also American Psychiatric Association

APPIC
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers

APS
Association for Psychological Science

CAAPS
Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science

CACBT
Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

COSSA
Consortium of Social Science Associations

CPA
Canadian Psychological Association

CUDCP
Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology

Div
A division of APA, comprised of members with an interest in a specific area

EACBT
European Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

FABBS
Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences

IOCDC
International OCD Foundation

IACP
International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies

ISITDBT
International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

ISTSS
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

JABT
Japanese Association of Behavior Therapy

MHLG
Mental Health Liaison Group

NASW
National Association of Social Work

NCSPP
National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology

NIDA
National Institute on Drug Abuse

SBM
Society of Behavioral Medicine

SCCAP
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

SSCP
Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology

VA
Veterans Affairs

WCBCT
World Congress Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies

Mental Disorder

ASD
Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Acute Stress Disorder)

BPD
Borderline Personality Disorder

DSM
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

GAD
Generalized Anxiety Disorder

OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

PTSD
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Professsional Characteristic

AAPI / APPA
APPIC Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Applications, respectively

BCBA
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst

CEs/CEUs
continuing education/ units; additional learning required by licensed professionals to maintain licensure in certain states/countries

LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

MHP
Mental Health Professional

MSW
Master of Social Work

PhD
Doctor of Philosophy

PsyD
Doctor of Psychology

Therapy Type

ABA
Applied Behavior Analysis

ACT
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

BA
Behavior Analysis

CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBTi
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

CT
Cognitive Therapy

DBT
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a treatment for borderline personality disorder developed by Marsha Linehan

EBP
Evidence-Based Practice

EBT
Evidence-Based Treatments

EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitiztion Retraining

ER
Emotion Regulation, a key concept of DBT

EST
Empirically-Supported Treatment

FAP
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy; FAP is based on the behavior analytic, or functional contextualistic, approach to human behavior first described by B.F. Skinner.

IE
Interpersonal Effectiveness, another key concept of DBT

PCIT
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

PST
Problem-solving therapy

RFT
Relational Frame Theory; the theory on which ACT is based

SST
Social Skills Training

TFCBT
Trauma-Focused CBT

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