Frequently Asked Questions
receive CEUs for these programs?
All AATBS and SFG programs offer CEUs for Psychologists, Marriage
Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Clinical
Counselors. Other professionals (nurses, psychiatrists, etc.) may also be
able to attain CEUs. Please check with the sponsor if you have any
If I have
questions about the material who can I contact?
For technical problems please contact the program sponsor. For content
questions you may contact Dr.
What are Dr.
With over 30 years of teaching
in masters programs at many universities (currently at Pepperdine) and over
300 continuing education workshops offered,
Dr. Sultanoff is a master presenter. His material encapsulates original
thought and is presented in a very clear specific manner with many examples
to illustrate concepts.
cognitive behavioral therapy,
Dr. Sultanoff attended a wide assortment of trainings and workshops with
Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis as well as serving on the clinical staff at the
Center for Cognitive Therapy (CCT) in Newport Beach, CA for 12 years. While
on staff at CCT he received extensive individual supervision with Dr.
Christine Padesky. He is currently writing a ground breaking book on the
treatment of anxiety using cognitive therapy principles. He has also taught
and trained CBT extensively for the last 20 years.
empathy, therapy skills and human relations communication skills,
Dr. Sultanoff has over 35 years of training and experience having received 7
years of experiential training of his own and having offered over 25 years
of training to mental health professionals. He has twice served as the
humanistic psychologist on PBS programs on models of psychotherapy. Each of
these program ran PBS for over 10 years.
clinical supervision, Dr.
Sultanoff has served as a clinical supervisor for over 30 years and has
developed 7 Clinical Supervision full-day continuing education training
workshops. He was the clincial director of a mental health training center
for 12 years.
therapeutic humor, with
over 25 years in the field, Dr. Sultanoff is considered one of the foremost
experts on integrating humor into psychotherapy. He has written numerous
articles, has a chapter published in a psychology text. In 2013 he will have
a humor in psychotherapy article published in an APA journal (details to
come). In 2012 he receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Therapeutic
Humor presented by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic humor and has
hundreds of quotes in national and international publications as well as
appearing on FOX, Lifetime, STARZ, etc.
Dr. Sultanoff has studied EI and integrated his expertise in human relations
skills and cognitive therapy to develop innovative programs.
What is the
difference between Dr. Sultanoff's programs offered by different companies?
difference between the AATBS programs and the Steve Frankel Group programs
is that the SFG programs were video recorded in a studio so you have the
option of watching the presenter as well as seeking the slides. The AATBS
programs were audio recorded along with the PowerPoint so there is no visual
of the presenter although there are video demonstrations included in most of
Study Programs are offered by Dr. Sultanoff. For these programs he will
provide you DVDs of the program you choose and then upon completion he will
give you with a posttest and CE certificate of completion.
these programs a bit higher in cost than the read and take a test programs?
companies offer very inexpensive CEUs when you read a book and take a test.
We believe that simply reading a book is not sufficient continuing education
so we have developed the audio programs. Each 6-hour program takes about
40-60 hours in preparation by the presenter as well as the technical work to
bring it seamlessly online. In addition, you are getting the expertise of a
master in the specific field. We work diligently to keep costs low and bring
you high quality programming for a reasonable registration fee.
What is the
difference between the experiential and content training programs?
question and I am so glad you asked :) Experiential training is about
learning "how to do" something. It involves understanding the content
(e.g. a specific skill or intervention) and then practicing that skill while
being observed so that you can receive feedback on what you are doing well
and what you can improve. Imagine learning to play a sport, play a musical
instrument, or even drive a car without immediate instruction on your
progress. Psychotherapy is one of the few skill based professions where
there is very little attention to what the therapist is doing and how
he or she is doing it. Unfortunately, talking about what one is doing (as is
done in supervision) is totally inadequate for developing clinical competence. Without direct
observation of what one is doing, one may become very good at doing something
that is not very effective. (In tennis one can become proficient at "running
around the backhand," but that will inhibit becoming a highly skilled tennis
player.) Experiential training involves doing, being
observed and receiving immediate feedback on one's skills. This is just like
a sports coach or music instructor watching the skill and giving feedback
for improvement. We know that experiential training is the key to becoming
proficient at any skilled based activity. I order to become a skilled therapist and eventually a master therapist,
it is essential to receive experiential, skill based training.
training is what you have mostly received over your academic career and
through continuing education. It's goal is to inform. You learn what the
skills are but you are left to develop them on your own. Content training is
essential for skill training for without content training how would you know
what is good or bad in terms of skills or interventions.
training tells you what it is and experiential training teaches you how to
do it effectively.
Can I view
samples before enrolling?
Some sponsors offer samples on their site. We are working to add samples to
this site and hope to have them available the near future.
Is there a
online CE programs are required to offer a test to ensure proficiency of the
registrant. Most of our programs offer 6 multiple choice questions for each
CE credit offered. Questions are designed to be comprehensive and
straight-forward. Generally you take the test and receive immediate feedback
that you have completed the course.
Do I have to
complete the entire online program in one sitting?
No. You may log in and out of the program at your leisure.
are "live" programs available?
you may be aware, the demand for "live" programs has dramatically decreased
with the growth of online programs. We are committed to continue to offer
live programs as long as there is sufficient interest. We intend to offer at
least 2-3 live programs each quarter of the year. We are also happy to offer
private programs for agencies who wish to offer a program in house.
"home study" program options?
currently offer several home study programs and additional ones are being
developed. Currently we have a CBT program (6 units on DVD), a humor Program
(6 units on DVD), and a humor program (2 units on DVD). If you are
interested in home study programs please
for details and pricing.
one-on-one or small group CE training options?
Sultanoff offers training tailored to individual or small group needs. If
you are interested in an individualized, focused program please
I would like
a live program at my agency. Can that be arranged?
Yes. We offer private programs on any of our topics including Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Supervision, Humor in Psychotherapy, Emotional
Intelligence, Empathy and Therapy Skills, and Positive Psychology.
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D.
3972 Barranca Pkwy. Suite J-221
Irvine, CA 92606