Welcome to the FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Three-Level training series. This attachment-focused play therapy model uniquely combines the work of play therapy pioneer, Viola Brody who originated Developmental Play Therapy with its emphasis on the healing power of play and touch combined with Ericksonian-based  metaphorical storytelling. It is a parent-child attachment-based therapeutic storytelling model that is being offered in three different training levels that can be completed at your pace. It is your choice whether you decide to attend all three training levels or stop after Level I or II. 

*Each level may be purchased individually; however, the three-course bundle offers you the highest savings and the most in-depth learning experience!  Additionally, completion of all three levels (and the required consultation) fulfills all of the requirements to become a Certified FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Practitioner along with other benefits!

Please review the Course Previews for each level!  You will find an introductory video explaining the entire training series (links are available at the bottom of this page).  Dr. Courtney will be happy to answer any questions that you have. You can contact her by email at janetcourtneyphd@gmail.com

The training will be a combined total of 50 hours: 35 hours of non-contact play therapy recorded training plus 15 total hours of live Individual and Group Reflective Consultation. 

The 35 hours of non-contact play therapy training is available immediately upon purchase in recorded webinar format.  You will have access to this material 24/7 and can view according to your schedule. 

The Association for Play Therapy Credentialing Standards for the Registered Play Therapist requires training in three primary areas. 

The breakdown for this entire training series includes: 

  • 5 Hours Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories: [Developmental-Vi Brody]

  • 25 Hours Play Therapy Skills and Methods: [Developmental Play Therapy, Eriksonian Play Therapy & Filial Play Therapy]

  • 5 Hours Play Therapy Special Topics Includes special populations and burgeoning models

The 15 hours of Reflective Consultation is held in a live video conference format.  You will coordinate individual consultation times with Dr. Courtney as you complete the course and can coordinate the scheduling directly with Dr. Courtney.   Group consultation times will be available throughout the year based on student needs. 

Level I: Includes One Session with 1.5 Hours of Individual Reflective Consultation. This consultation session is completed when the student has completed ALL of the recorded content in Level One.  The student will contact Dr. Courtney to schedule the date and time for the session (the cost of the consultation session is included in the course fee).  During this consultation call,  the student will be required to share a 5-10 minute (maximum) video of themselves practicing a FirstPlay Story with a volunteer. 

Level II: Includes two (2) Individual Consultation Sessions for a total of 2.5 Hours (the cost of the consultation sessions are included in the course fee). The first consultation will take place after the student has completed the modules up to and including the Magic Rainbow Hug.  The student will then contact Dr. Courtney to schedule a date/time for a consultation call. During this call, the student will be required to submit a demonstration video of them completing the Magic Rainbow Hug with a volunteer.  

Upon completion of the remaining modules in Level Two, the second consultation session can be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney.  During this session, the student is expected to submit a video session in which a Ready-Made Story was practiced with a pair of volunteers (one acting as a parent and another acting as a child).    

Level III: Includes three (3) Individual Consultation Sessions and eight (8) hours of  live Group Reflective Consultation Sessions (the costs of the Consultation sessions are included in the course fees). 

The student will complete all three Individual Consultation sessions before attending the remaining Group Consultation sessions.  The first Individual Consultation will be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney upon complete of Module Eleven.  During this session, the student will be required to complete a personal story for review during the meeting.  

The second Individual Consultation session will be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney after the completion of Module Twelve.  During this meeting, the student will be required to submit a video of themselves practicing creating a story with a volunteer child (can also be done with an adult).

The third Individual Consultation with be scheduled with Dr. Courtney directly after the completion of Module Thirteen.  During this meeting, the student will be required to submit a video of themselves guiding a volunteer parent/child dyad in the creation of a story.  

Upon completion of the three Individual Sessions, the student will then participate in eight (8) hours of  Group Reflective Consultation. These sessions will assist to ground the theory and interventions learned in Level III into practice and will also provide an opportunity to practice and review participant therapeutic stories created from the FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Child Interview Grid©.

The required consultation hours must be completed before continuing to the next level.  A student can receive CE credit upon completion of all of the modules in each level; however, the certification is not completed until BOTH the recorded content and all consultation sessions for all three levels have been completed and verified. 

This course is taught by Dr. Janet Courtney. Dr. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, is Founder of FirstPlay® Therapy and offers a Certification to Practitioners in FirstPlay® Infant Story-Massage and FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®. She is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University, Miami, FL where she also obtained her Doctoral degree conducting research in Developmental Play Therapy, touch and attachment. She is immediate past Chair of the Association for Play Therapy Ethics and Practice committee and past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. Courtney is author and co-editor of the groundbreaking book, “Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide,  and is excited to announce her upcoming book, “Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Models, Programs, and Practice,” out this Spring, 2020; along with her other book, “Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapies: Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body, and Mindfulness.” She is also published in the International Journal of Play Therapy, the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. Other publications include chapters in the books, “Environmental Expressive Therapies: Nature-Assisted Theory and Practice,” and in “Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

She has developed a new attachment-based play therapy model of storytelling called FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® which merges skills of mindfulness with joyful first-play interactive parent-child activities. Her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow Hug©, makes this model directly accessible to professionals, parents, and the children who can most benefit from its use.

As a wholistic oriented practitioner, Dr. Courtney believes in the power of therapeutic storytelling, nurturing touch interactions, and joyful “first-play” activities between parents and their infants and children as vital foundations for healthy growth and development and to heal and repair relational bonds. Dr. Courtney has acted as a consultant to several Florida based children’s agencies, and supervises clinicians seeking Florida board licensure, as well as, those seeking Certification as a Registered Play Therapist. She is an internationally recognized play therapist and has been invited to speak and keynote on topics of infant and childhood play therapy in England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine, and the Cayman Islands.

Because this course will allow practitioners to become Certified FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Practitioners (and that certification is provided by and maintained through Dr. Courtney), all APT contact hours are provided through Dr Courtney at Developmental Play and Attachment Therapies (APT Approved Provider 10-287).


APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Dr. Janet A. Courtney through Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies approved provider 10-287. Play therapy credit is available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credits are clearly marked.

NBCC credits, when available are provided by Jennifer Taylor.  Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Jennifer Taylor's NBCC approval is valid through 2/28/2021.  Credit is not guaranteed after that date.  If you need NBCC credit for this course, please complete the course before 2/28/2021. 

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Service, LLC.