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What Are All Those Letters After Our Names?

This is a list of the educational degrees and association accreditations you will see following our member names.

ACSW
Academy of Certified Social Workers

BCD
Board Certified Diplomate. An endorsement by a certifying board that a high level of competence is displayed in a professional subject matter. These can be held by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers or counselors.

BSW
Bachelor of Social Work. An undergraduate degree in social work

CASAC
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (NY STATE)

CGP
Certified Group Psychotherapist

DCSW
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

EdD
Doctor of Education

JD
Juris Doctor (Law degree)

LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, meaning the individual has passed a test after earning a masters degree in social work

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M.Ed.
Master of Education

MA
Master of Arts

MS
Master of Science

MSEd.
Master of Science in Education

MSSW
Master of Science in Social Work

MSW
Master of Social Work

Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy

SAP
Substance Abuse Professional

SCAC (CSAC)
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor