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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can 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 questions.

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. Sultanoff.

What are Dr. Sultanoff's qualifications?

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.

In 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.

In 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.

In 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.

In 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.

In Emotional Intelligence, 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?

The main 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 the programs.

The Home 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.

Why are these programs a bit higher in cost than the read and take a test programs?

Many 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?

Great 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.

Content 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.

Content 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 test?

Yes. All 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.

How often are "live" programs available?

As 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.

Are there "home study" program options?

We 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 contact us for details and pricing.

Are there one-on-one or small group CE training options?

Yes. Dr. Sultanoff offers training tailored to individual or small group needs. If you are interested in an individualized, focused program please contact us.

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.



Live Training-
Content Based
Live Training-Experiential Online Multimedia Programs Online Multimedia Programs Home Study
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
 (3-6 units)

Basic Skills of CBT

Fundamentals of CBT

Therapeutic Humor
(3-6 units)

Clinical Supervision
(3-6 units)

Emotional Intelligence
(3-6 units)









Empathy Training
(8-10 units)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(8-10 units)

Why Experiential Training?

What is Experiential Training?












Sponsored by
The Association for Advanced Training In Behavioral Sciences

Audio and PowerPoint Presentation with Video Demonstrations

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(6 units)

Clinical Supervision
(6 units)

Clinical Supervision:
Topical Issues
(4 units)

Humor in Psychotherapy
(3 or 4 or 7 units

   To register for any of the above programs follow the above link to the aatbs.com website
    On the left side navigation bar select: "online video Workshops"
    On the left side select "the clinical supervision workshops"
    All supervision programs are listed

Sponsored by
The Steve Frankel Group

Video and PowerPoint Presentation with Video Demonstrations

Clinical Supervision:
(6 units)

Clinical Supervision:
Topical Issues

(6 units)

Humor in Psychotherapy
(6 units)









Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(6 units)

Humor In Psychotherapy
(3-6 units)

















Sponsored by:

Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
3972 Barranca Pkwy. Suite J-221
Irvine, CA 92606


Last modified: December 31, 2012