Process of expressing unconscious thoughts via actions rather than words. Acting out can be harmful, but it can also be therapeutic if conducted in controlled situations.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
allied mental health clinician
Masters level non-licensed therapist
Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Conducts descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results.
Behavioral Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. (Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Specialist)
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services.
Behavioral Specialist Consultant. Responsible for creating behavior modification plan in conjunction with family members and other individuals involved with the client.
This is the community coordination and treatment of individuals needing mental health services.
child and adolescent psychiatrist
Licensed physicians/ psychiatrists (MD or DO) who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents. Medical and psychiatric training with children and adolescents prepares them to treat children and adolescents either individually, as part of and involving the family unit and/or in a group setting. Child and adolescent psychiatrists can prescribe medication.
Certified Social Worker
Doctor of Osteopathy, Psychiatrist
The deterioration of existing defenses against mental illness that leads to an exacerbation of the behavior.
Doctor of Social Work
Procedure causing brief convulsion by passing an electric current through the brain. Used to treat some mental disorders. (ECT)
Type of psychiatric care in which several patients meet with one or more therapists at the same time. Patients are able to form a support group for one another as well as receive care and advice from the therapist.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Levels of Care
The intensity of medical care being provided by the physician or health care facility. Click here to learn more about Levels of Care [link to What are Levels of Care page].
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor. One of the six types of licensed mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy in the United States. Licensure occurs at the state level and requires supervised clinical experiences, completion of state licensure exam and graduate level education.
Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist
Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist only
Marriage and Family Therapist
Mobile therapists provide intensive therapeutic sessions for clients in non-traditional settings outside of a clinic or hospital. May meet with just the client or the client and family for sessions. Length of sessions may vary according to needs of the client and family members.
Master of Social Work
Master of Science of Social Work
(NP) Registered nurse who has completed advanced training in medical specialty. Can function as primary direct provider of health care and prescribe medications. Able to treat both mental and physical conditions.
Psychiatric Certified Nurse Practitioner (nurse practitioner -psychiatry)
Doctor of philosophy
Doctor of psychology
Assists psychologist with routine duties such as conducting and scoring tests and conducting intake interviews. Performs related work as required.
Physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Able to prescribe medication for the treatment of mental health disorders.
Professional specializing in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance and behavior problems.
Treatment of a mental illness by psychological means. May utilize insight, persuasion, suggestions, reassurance and instruction to enable patients to see themselves and their problems more realistically.
Therapeutic Staff Support. Often provide one on one intervention with clients in locations prescribed by the psychologist (could include home, school and/or community). TSS implements methods and interventions from the treatment plan to help client achieve goals of the treatment plan.