FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® an Attachment Based Play Therapy Model

30 APT Contact Hours Provided by Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies (APT Approved Provider 10-287) and 30 NBCC Credit Hours Co-Sponsored by Jennifer Taylor (ACEP 6298) PLUS 6 Hours Play Therapy Group Supervision from Dr. Janet Courtney (RPT-S) | taught by Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
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Course description

Become a Certified FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Practitioner!  

Nurturing touch experiences are essential for human growth and development. Trauma exposure and attachment disruptions can impair healthy functioning of touch between children and their caregivers. FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® is a unique attachment-based play therapy model wherein practitioners learn how to facilitate parents and their children in multi-sensory therapeutic storytelling or “BACK” Stories™—as kids know them. FirstPlay® combines nurturing touch activities with Ericksonian-based storytelling that is facilitated by practitioners who model, guide, facilitate, and supervise parents to provide attuned touch to their children to heal and repair relational bonds. Practitioners demonstrate the “story-massage” activities on a pillow or large stuffed animal while the parents (caregivers) simultaneously practice the storytelling techniques with their own child.

Founded by Janet A. Courtney, the instructor of the course, you will learn the FirstPlay® theoretical and research underpinnings, including Developmental Play Therapy, Modern Attachment Theory, Ericksonian-based storytelling, and the literature and research pertaining to neurobiology and touch, and the peer-to-peer massage in school’s programs. This course will provide you with a FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent and Child Manual© that you can use within play therapy sessions to facilitate the creation of therapeutic kinesthetic stories as well learning “ready-made” stories, and much more (see course modules) that you can immediately put into practice. This course will also provide you with several methods to assess children and families for touch experiences as well as a course module addressing the ethics of touch.  

Most importantly, this training will teach you the art of therapeutic storytelling and by the end of the training you will know all of the vital ingredients to write and publish your own therapeutic kinesthetic children's "BACK Story™" book.


Testimonial: "Dr. Courtney’s ongoing heartfelt, guidance and encouragement on my book was amazing. She helped me understand the art of therapeutic storytelling and offered suggestions that brought my story to life. I am forever grateful for her time, patience and wisdom. I highly recommend Janet Courtney to be a part of your book journey. I had no idea how challenging it would be to write a children’s book, but Dr.Courtney’s overwhelming support turned my dream into a reality.”   Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT, Author, Casey's Greatness Wings


 [Note, there is also a FirstPlay® Infant Story-Massage model for ages birth to two years, however, this course will only present the FirstPlay® model for children two years and older.]


Janet  Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
Instructor

Janet 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 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 published in the International Journal of Play Therapy (2014 & 2018), the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (2011), and the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture (2014). 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).

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 Child 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).

Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331); however, no credit is being provided through Jennifer Taylor for this specific course. 

 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. 

This course is co-sponsored by Jennifer Taylor for 30 hours of NBCC credits.  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. 


Course Curriculum

Session Learning Objectives and Highlights
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Session Activities, Journal Exercises & Homework Assignments
Journal Prompts and Instructions - Module 1 FREE PREVIEW
Module 1 Reflective Journal Exercise #1 Childhood Play (Required Homework)
Session 1 Reflective Journal Exercise #2 Infant Play (Required Homework)
Session 1 Reflective Journal Exercise #3 Childhood Storytelling (Required Homework)
Session 1 Reflective Journal Exercise #4 Family Play (Required Homework)
Session 1 Plan Ahead for Session 3 Homework (Discuss here)
Session 2 Reflective Journal #5 Family & Cultural Touch Considerations (Required Homework)
Session 2 Reflective Journal #6 Saying Hello To Self (Required Homework)
Session 2 Reflective Journal #7 Supportive Touch (Required Homework)
Session 2 Plan Ahead For Session 3
Session 3 Journal Prompts and Instructions
Session 3 Activities: Circle Of Attachments and Attuned Non-judgmental Seeing and Being Seen
Session 3 Reflective Journal #8: Joy/Excitement/Nurturing Contemplative Journal (Required Homework)
Session 3 Reflective Journal #9 Attachment Contemplative Journal (Required Homework)
Session 3 Reflective Journal #10 Attuned Non-judgmental Seeing and Being Seen (Required Homework)
Between Session 3 and 4 Practice Assignment (Required)
Session 3 Experiential Exercise
Session 3 Homework:
Plan Ahead for Session 4: Homework (Required)
Session 4 Experiential Exercise: Unleashing the Storyteller in you: “My Amazing Photo-Shot Story” [Dyad—Break-out session]
Session 4 Experiential Exercise: Unleashing the Storyteller in you: “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Story-Experience” [Dyad—Break-out session]
Session 4 Experiential Exercise: A Heart Warming Rainbow Hug© “Calm & Relax” [Group]
Session 4 Journal Prompts and Instructions
Between Session 4 and 5 Assignment (Required Homework)
Session 5 Experimental Exercise - Can you guess what I'm drawing?
Session 5 Experiential Exercise: Role-play the FirstPlay® activities with your partner leading the activities [Dyad—Break-out session]
Session 5 Experimental Exercise: Follow What I'm Drawing
Session 5 Reflective Journal #11 Guess What I'm Drawing (Required Homework)
Session 5 Reflective Journal #12 Follow What I'm Drawing (Required Homework)
Session 5 Activity: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Between session 5 and 6 Client-Practice assignment:
Group Supervision Session 5 Homework - Oct. 8, 2018
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR SUPERVISION SESSION 2 (Required)
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR SUPERVISION SESSION 3 (Required)
HOMEWORK FOR (FINAL) GROUP SUPERVISION SESSION 6 - Oct. 15, 2018
Session 7 Experiential Exercise: Role-play with partner leading the FirstPlay® Child Interview Grid & then telling a story. Return to group BEFORE switching roles. [Dyad—Break-out session]
Session 7 Experiential Exercise: Second Role-play reversing roles with partner leading the FirstPlay® Child Interview Grid & then telling a story. [Dyad—Break-out session
Between session 7 and 8 Client-Practice assignment:
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR SUPERVISION SESSION 4 (Required)
Session 8 Experiential Exercise: Role-play with partner leading a guided child storytelling session. Return to group BEFORE switching roles. [Dyad—Break-out session]
Session 8 Experiential Exercise: Role-play with partner leading a guided child storytelling session. [Dyad—Break-out session]
Between session 8 and 9 Client-Practice assignment (To be discussed in Supervision):
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR GROUP SUPERVISION SESSION 5
Session 9 Client-Practice assignment (To be discussed during supervision)
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