Course Description

 ** The book is required for this course and is not included in the price of the course.  The book can be purchased here: **

**This is a book-study course only.  You will purchase the book on your own (it is not included).  After you finish reading the book, you can login to take the quiz and obtain your certificate.  There are NO supplemental materials (PowerPoints, lecture, etc) included in this book-study course.

There are many ways to help children and families heal from trauma. Leaning on our ancestral wisdom of healing through play, art, nature, storytelling, body, touch, imagination, and mindfulness practice, Janet A. Courtney helps the clinician bring a variety of practices into the therapy room. This book identifies seven stages of therapy that provide a framework for working with client’s emotional, cognitive, somatic, and sensory experiences to heal from trauma. Through composite case illustrations, practitioners will learn how to safely mitigate a range of trauma content, including complicated grief, natural disaster, children in foster care, aggression, toxic divorce, traumatized infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and young mothers recovering from opioid addiction. Practice exercises interspersed throughout guide practitioners to personally engage in the creative expressive and play therapy techniques presented in each chapter, augmenting professional self- awareness and skill- building competencies.


By the end of this E-book learning course, Practitioners will be able to:

  • Understand how to engage personally in at least 10 different expressive and play therapy techniques and thereby augment professional self-awareness and skill-building competencies.

  • Analyze why understanding why tapping into our cultural and societal “collective unconscious”  (from a Jungian perspective) is relevant to working in expressive play therapies.  

  • Describe at least seven different play therapy models as they relate to the different chapter topics presented in the book. 

  • Understand and be able to explain the importance of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow as the “founders” of humanistic psychology and the chief principal of the theory.

  • Identify the seven stages of therapy and their organizational phases.

  • Create a user-friendly chart or PowerPoint for the Journaling Guidelines that are offered to promote privacy and a sense of safety in the journaling experience.

  • State at least five differences between FirstPlay Infant Play Therapy and FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling. 

  • Describe at least five different types of nature-based interventions. 

  • Describe at least five different expressive art therapy assessments and how to integrate them into play therapy. 

  • Describe at least five different Family Play Therapy interventions. 


Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S

Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW is Founder of FirstPlay® Therapy and offers a Certification to Practitioners in FirstPlay® Infant Massage & Kinesthetic Storytelling®. Since 1997, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Barry University, Miami, FL where she also obtained her Doctoral degree in Social Work completing a dissertation in Developmental Play Therapy, touch and attachment. She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy.Dr. Courtney is author and co-author of the groundbreaking book, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide, and is 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 (2017) and in Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012).Janet’s career has focused on attachment and bonding, and the importance of nurturing touch between parents and their young children. As a wholistic oriented practitioner, she believes in the power of infant massage and joyful “first-play” activities (for example, patty cake and peek-a-boo) as the best start for infant mental health.Dr. Courtney is an internationally recognized play therapist and has been invited to speak on topics of infant and childhood play therapy in England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine, and the Cayman Islands. She 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. Dr. Courtney has developed a new process of storytelling called FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling® which merges imagery relaxation skills with joyful first-play interactive parent-child activities. Her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow Hug©, makes this technique directly accessible to professionals, parents, and the children who can most benefit from its use.Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 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.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

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