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Some Common Initials and Abbreviations
for Licensed Holistic Practitioners

A.C.S.W. - Academy of Cert. Social Work

Ac.T. - Acupuncture Therapist

A.H.P. - Advanced Hellerwork Practitioner

A.P. - Acupuncture Physician

APP - Associate Polarity Practitioner (through American Polarity Therapy Association)

ATT - Alexander Technique Teacher

A.T.C. - Cert. Athletic Trainer

B.C.D. - Board Cert. Diplomate

B.S. - Bachelor of Science

B.Sc.N. - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

B.W.T. - Body Work Therapist

BSW - Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

C.A. - Cert. Acupuncturist

C.A.T. - Cert. Alexander Teacher

CBP - Certified BodyTalk Practitioner

C.B.M.C.P.T. - Cert. Body/Mind Center Practitioner Teacher

C.F.N.P. - Cert. Family Nurse Practitioner

C.F.P. - Cert. Feldenkrais Practitioner

C.H.I.C. - Certified Hudson Institute Coach - a Certification for coaching adults and their organizational systems given by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA

C.H.T. - Cert. Hypnotherapist

CHTP - Certified Healing Touch Practitioner

C.I.Y.I. - Cert. Iyengar Yoga Instructor

C.I.H. - Certified Intuitive Healer (Through the Stillpoint Institute of Advanced Energy Healing and Intuitive Diagnosis)

CIMI - Certified Infant Massage Instructor (International Assn Infant Massage)

C.M.A. - Cert. Movement Analyst

C.M.T. - Cert. Massage Therapist

CNHCP - Certified Natural Health Care Practitioner

C.N.P. - Cert. Nurse Practitioner

C.N.M.T. - Cert. Neuromuscular Therapist

C.P.C. - Cert. Professional Counselor

C.P.S.I. - Cert. Practitioner of Structural Integration

C.P.T. - Cert. Physical Therapist

C.P.T.A. - Cert. Physical Therapy Assistant

C.R. - Cert. Rolfer

C.T.R. - Connective Tissue Regeneration

CST - Cert. in CranioSacral Therapy, Techniques Level

CST-D - Cert. in CranioSacral Therapy, Diplomate Level

C.T.A.T. - Cert. Teacher of Alexander Technique

C.T.P. - Cert. Trager Practitioner

D.Ac. - Doctor of Acupuncture

D.C. - Doctor of Chiropractic

D.C.A. - Doctor of Chiropractic Assistant

DCH - Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy

D.D.S. - Doctor of Dental Surgery

D.O. - Doctor of Osteopathy

DSMT - Dar' Shem Master Teacher

F.N.P. - Family Nurse Practitioner

H.H.P. - Holistic Health Practitioner

I.B.C.L.C. - International Board Cert. Lactation Consultant

Ir. - Iridologist

Lic. Ac. (or L.Ac.) - A state-established title indicating "licensed acupuncturist." In the United States independent acupuncture licensure is established in nearly all states. Though regulations vary from state to state licensure is almost always based on 1) graduation from an accredited 4-year college, institute and 2) passing the national certification examination (NCCAOM) in acupuncture, chinese herbology or both. Independent practice of acupuncture is a very diverse field with practitioners of many varied backgrounds, styles of training, and specialty. Most hold a Masters in Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine or a Master's-equivalent Diploma in Acupuncture.

L.C.S.W. - Licensed Social Worker

L.M.P. - Licensed Massage Practitioner

LMT - Licensed Massage Therapist

L.P.N. - Licensed Practical Nurse

L.Psy. - Neurophysiological Psychiatry

L.P.T. - Licensed Physical Therapist

L.P.T.A. - Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant

M.A. - Master of Arts

M.C.S. - Master in Communications Studies

M.D. - Medical Doctor

M.Ed. - Master of Education

M.H. - Master Herbalist

MPT - Master's Degree in Physical Therapy

M.S. - Master of Science

MSHSA - Master of Science in Health Services Administration

Ms.T. - Massage Therapist

M.S.W. - Master of Social Work

M.T. - Massage Therapist

MSW - Master's Degree in Social Work

NADA - National Acupuncture Detox Association, which certifies teachers of detox acupuncture.

NCCAOM - National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, an independent, non-political testing agency based on Washington, DC, providing basic standards for the acupuncture, asian herbology and asian bodywork professions. NCCAOM's testing services are in use internationally, and provide the basis for state licensure within the US. A NCCAOM Diploma (also Dipl. AC & CH, Dipl. NCCAOM, etc.) indicates the acupuncturist has achieved the NCCAOM national certification in acupuncture (AC), and/or asian herbology (CH).

ND -Doctor of Naturopathy

N.M.T. - Neuromuscular Therapist

O.M.M. - Specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

O.M.D. - Doctor of Oriental Medicine

O.T. - Occupational Therapist

O.T.C. - Occupational Therapist, Cert.

O.T.R. - Occupational Therapist, Registered

P.A. - Physician’s Assistant

P.C.C. - Professional Certified Coach of the ICF-International Coach Federation (The only Professional Org certifying Coaches)

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy

P.P. - Polarity Practitioner

P.T. - Physical Therapist

P.T.A. - Physical Therapy Assistant

RM - Reiki Master

R.M.T. - Registered Massage Therapist

RN - Registered Nurse

RPP - Registered Polarity Practitioner (through American Polarity Therapy Association)

R.P.T. - Registered Physical Therapist

R.S.M.T. - Registered Somatic Movement Therapist

RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher

SEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner S.P. - Speech Pathologist

S.L.P. - Speech Language Pathologist

S.T. - Somatic Therapist

Z.B. - Zero Balancing Practitioner

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