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 over a six-month period. 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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The training will be a combined total of 50 hours: 30 hours of non-contact play therapy recorded training plus 20 hours of live group Reflective Consultation.
The 30 hours of non-contact play therapy training will be in recorded webinar format that can be viewed beginning January 20th. 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]
20 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 20 hours of group Reflective Consultation is held in a live video conference format and the schedule is provided in the course free preview.
Level I: Includes three (3) Live Group Reflective Consultation Sessions, two (2) hours each for a total of six (6) hours. Group Reflective Consultation will assist to ground the theories and interventions learned in Level I into practice and will also provide an opportunity to review (parent-child volunteer) videos of at least one FirstPlay® activity per participant learned in Level I.
Level II: Includes three (3) Live Group Reflective Consultation Sessions, two (2) hours each for a total of six (6) hours. Group Reflective Consultation will assist to ground the theory and interventions learned in Level II into practice and will also provide an opportunity to review (parent-child volunteer) videos of at least one implementation of a FirstPlay Kinesthetic Story® learned in Level II.
Level III: Includes four (4) live Group Reflective Consultation Sessions, two (2) hours each for a total of eight (8) hours. Group Reflective Consultation 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©.
If you are unable to attend any of the live consultation sessions, there will be one group make-up session offered (per level) or you may choose to make up your hours as individual sessions with a Certified FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Practitioner. Consultation hours must be completed before continuing to the next level.