List of credentials in psychology
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This list is of professional and academic credentials in the field of psychology and allied fields, including psychotherapy, counseling and social work. Academic degrees such as the doctorate are available in these fields, but only those specifically for psychological subjects are included.
- MA, or MS in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, etc.
- A master's degree in the specified area which may or may not have required completion of a master's dissertation.
- MSW Master's degree in social work or social welfare
- (required for advancement into an LCSW)
- The Master of Science in Counseling
- The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
- Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy
- Licentiate in Psychology or Psychologist: professional title used in EU and Latin American countries and equivalent of PsyD of the US
- Doctor of Psychology. Requires the student to create relevant and helpful research that contributes to the existing body of knowledge or scholarship in an area. At one time, the Psy. D. was assumed to not require significant research activities, focusing more on advanced clinical training. However, most academic institutions offering a Psy. D. today require the completion of a dissertation suitable for publishing. To use the title "psychologist", individuals must meet their state requirements and obtain a license to practice psychology.
- Doctor of Philosophy. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology prepares the student to conduct independent research and to provide professional services (consultation, assessment, diagnosis, therapy). To use the title "psychologist", individuals must meet their state requirements and obtain a license to practice psychology.
Professional licenses 
Professional licenses for masters level mental health providers are issued by U.S. states to graduate degree holders and license them to practice psychotherapy, also known as counseling. Other licenses are issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
CSAT: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
CASAC: Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor or Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor
LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCSW-C: Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (Used in some states; denotes that the social worker is qualified to engage in private practice, unsupervised by a psychologist or psychiatrist, and bill claims to patients' insurance companies.)
CRC: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC in some states)
LPA: Licensed Psychological Associate
PsyA, Psy.A, or Psy.A.: Psychologist Associate (licensed)
LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHC in some states)
LPC-BE: Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Eligible- This is someone who is in the process of getting an LPC. They can bill for services, but not as much as an LPC.
LCAT: Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (state by state basis)
BCaBA: Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)
BCBA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®)
-  Behavior Analyst Certification Board
-  Acronyms and abbreviations
- http://mn.gov/elicense/licenses/licensedetail.jsp?URI=tcm:29-3244&CT_URI=tcm:27-117-32 License Minnesota "Social Worker License (Various Classes)"
-  NY State LMSW License Requirements
-  Standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
-  Standards for Board Certified Behavior Analyst