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Integrating Deliberate Practice into Clinical Supervision

Presented by Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D.

Presenter Bio

Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D. received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and is a psychologist, professor (35+ years at Pepperdine), professional trainer, consultant, and professional speaker. For over 35 years, through small group, deliberate practice training Dr. Sultanoff has taught therapists how to do therapy. For decades he served as a clinical supervisor and for 12 years was the clinical director in a psychology training clinic. He has offered more than 300 live continuing education and training workshops for licensed mental health professionals. As a complement to the live programs, he provides multi-media, online continuing education programs along with articles and other resources which stream through and

In addition to the workshops in deliberate practice/experiential learning, Dr. Sultanoff offers continuing education training in clinical supervision, cognitive therapy, humor in psychotherapy, and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Sultanoff is recognized as an international expert in therapeutic uses of humor and in 2012 received the Lifetime Achievement Award in therapeutic humor presented by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. He has written numerous innovative articles on humor including an article published in the APA journal “The Humanistic Psychologist.” His chapter on therapeutic humor in the psychology text “Play Therapy with Adults” outlines the model of humor in psychotherapy and discusses humor as a diagnostic and treatment tool, as well as an effective relationship building tool.

Dr. Sultanoff’s television appearances include “What’s Your Ailment!” (streaming on “Topic”), The Morning Show (FOX), STARZ, Lifetime, and PBS. He has been interviewed in numerous podcasts and is frequently quoted in the media including Time Magazine (May, 2023), Women’s Health (April, 2021), AARP Magazine, USA Today, Men’s Health, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, and many more. His website ( provides a wealth of information on therapeutic humor as well as a wide range of topical humor, and his website provides continuing education programs, articles, and a blog. His blog covers a wide range of mental health topics for therapists and clients and also includes concepts in therapeutic humor as well as a section specifically for humor professionals.


“Integrating Deliberate Practice (DP) into Clinical Supervision” offers an introduction into DP supervision and training, illustrates how it can be easily integrated into supervision, and expands opportunities for your supervisees to pursue DP training outside of supervision.
DP supervision is distinctly different from traditional supervision. In traditional supervision, typically, the supervisee “reports” to the supervisor what they remember happened during sessions with clients. It is primarily a passive, case consultation/discussion model. In DP supervision, the supervisee “experiences” and is observed in some fashion during the supervision process.

You will learn

1. The nature of DP,

2. How it incorporates small steps to help supervisees develop skills

3. How it helps supervisees become aware of their auto-pilot (unconscious and reactive) process that inhibits learning

4. How it uncovers a wide range of personal bias often not surfaced as bias

5. How it creates a safe and growthful environment for supervisees to receive feedback

While deliberate practice is not a specific, narrow model, it is a process which can be adapted to each supervisor and supervisee. In this program you will learn how to create DP opportunities tailored to your supervisees.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Differentiate Deliberate Practice from other forms of supervision
  2. Connect Deliberate Practice into supervision
  3. Differentiate between the mechanical and strategic elements of performance-based learning
  4. Develop supervisees empathic responding as well as other therapeutic response types
  5. Explain supervisees to implement deliberate practice activities outside of supervision

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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