You get much more
than just Affordable CEUs
Affordable CEUs is the only online program where each course is personally and thoughtfully written by a seasoned psychotherapist with contributions from a former lawyer and judge. These two have been in the trenches for decades; bringing you a unique, personal, and sometimes humorous perspective that you just can’t find with other Big Box CEU programs. There’s a reason why Susan McMillan has helped over 25,000 therapists to get or maintain their license, and why Affordable CEUs students return again and again.
The McMillan Story
A funny thing happened on the way to the courthouse
Susan met Matt when she was a victim of domestic violence, and he was a young prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office – and the rest is history. Susan went on to develop the first certified batterers intervention program in Florida, become a jury trial consultant and develop other areas of expertise including addictions, trauma, ecological distress and medical errors. Matt went on to practice criminal defense, serve as county judge, earn his criminal justice addiction certification and develop expertise in areas such as domestic violence and Administrative Law. Sensing a lack of awareness amongst therapists about some of the issues Susan is passionate about, she became a Board-approved Continuing Education Provider, creating or co-creating the first approved 8 Hour Laws and Rules Course, the first approved domestic violence course, the first course about the effects of the climate crisis on mental health, and the first approved psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy course in the state. A few years later, Matt began presenting with her, both state-wide and nationally. Amongst the organizations to which they have presented are the Coalition of Batterers Intervention Programs of Florida, the Florida Association of Community Corrections, the National Association for Forensic Social Workers, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Florida Association of DUI Programs, the US Federal Probation Department, and US Journal Institute.
Matt and Susan now have three grown children. Following in their parent’s footsteps, the oldest is an attorney and nature photographer (currently on Safari in Africa), the middle is a nature lover and works at a café, and the youngest is a fierce advocate for the environment and minority rights, majoring in Women’s Studies and Criminology at USF.
Susan Weston McMillan, LMHC, CAP Susan graduated with High Honors/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of FL and attained her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a 4.0 GPA. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified addictions professional, and jury trial consultant in domestic violence cases, where she served on the Faculty of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association for over a decade. She developed the first certified batterers intervention program in the State of Florida, and her batterers program has been utilized by the Department of Corrections as a model program for training program inspectors. Her tireless domestic violence advocacy led her to become a finalist for the Governor’s Peace at Home Award in 1997, where she received recognition from Governor Lawton Chiles for her work.
She currently is the director of Affordable Counseling and the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, where she oversees seven offices in the Tampa Bay area, providing outpatient substance abuse counseling, batterers intervention, court-ordered examinations and couples therapy.
Susan developed the first Board Approved Laws and Rules course in the state of Florida and has served as a Continuing Education Provider with the Fl Dept of Healthy for over 30 years, helping thousands of therapists complete their mandatory licensure coursework. Other CEU firsts include Domestic Violence; The Effects of the Climate Crisis on Mental Health; and Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, taught in Costa Rica with an emphasis on nature connection. Susan regularly trains mental health professionals, probation officers, judges, nurses, and attorneys on a variety of topics, and has presented to multiple organizations, state-wide and national conferences, as well as television and radio programs.
Matt McMillan, J.D., CCJAS Matt McMillan is a former police officer, former prosecutor, former county judge, and has been a certified criminal justice addictions specialist and a certified batterers intervention assessor and facilitator. He has served on the Board of Directors and has held memberships in a number of organizations aiding women, children, and victims of crime including the Women’s Resource Center, the Family Partnership Center, and the Manatee Victim Rights Council. He was the co-founder of the first Court Watch program in Manatee County.
Why We Called Ourselves McMillan and Wife
Susan here. I often get asked this question. I totally get why some people are puzzled or even put-off, but there is a funny story behind why we called ourselves "McMillan and Wife" for so many years.
Back in the 70's (when Matt and I were much younger), there was a very popular TV series called "McMillan and Wife" about a police commissioner Stewart "Mac" McMillan played by heart-throb Rock Hudson and his amateur detective wife Sally, played by the smart and sexy Susan St. James. The couple kept their marriage unpredictable while solving the city's most baffling crimes. They were considered a "superstar couple," and at the time, there was nothing demeaning toward women implied in the program title. In fact Sally was highly respected and considered by some to be the brains behind the operation. When I first began my CEU company, almost everyone was familiar with the TV show, and most people thought it was a great name for the business! Very catchy and (so they said)... right on target.
As we have gotten older and times have changed, the young people no longer remember the TV show, and it has become less acceptable to refer to the woman in a couple as the "wife," which of course I understand. I guess it doesn't bother me because I always knew I was Matt's equal and so did he. And besides, I never minded being the brains behind the operation. ;)
Matt and I had gone back and forth many times about changing the name, but it had such a following over the 30 years that we were reluctant to change it. Sometimes it's hard to break with tradition. But feedback from students of the 21st century (and our daughter Kaeli) has finally pushed us in that direction. Stay tuned for what's next with the changing McMillan story. (No pun intended).