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.]


Instructor

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. 

Course curriculum

  • 2

    FirstPlay® Therapy Kinesthetic Storytelling® Manuals©

  • 3

    Zoom Meetings - Join Here

    • Join Session 1 Here

    • Join Session 2 Here

    • Join Session 3 Here

    • Join Session 4 Here

    • Join Supervision Meeting 1 Here

    • Join Session 5 Here

    • Join Supervision Meeting 2 Here

    • Supervision 2 Recording

    • Join Session 6 here

    • Join Supervision 3 Here

    • Join Session 7 Here

    • Join Supervision 4 Here

    • Join Session 8 Here

    • Join Supervision 5 Here

    • Join Session 9 Here

    • Supervision 6

  • 4

    Missed a Session? View the Recordings Here (does not include break out groups)

    • Session 1 Recording

    • Session 2 Recording

    • Session 2 Wrap Up Recording

    • Session 3 Recording

    • Session 3 Recording Part 2

    • Session 3 Recording Part 3

    • Session 4 Recording

    • Session 5 Recording

    • Session 5 Unedited Video

    • Session 6 Recording

    • Session 7 Recording

    • Session 8 Recording

    • Session 9 Recording

  • 5

    Supervision Recordings

    • Supervision 1

    • Supervision 2

    • Supervision 3

    • Supervision 4

    • Supervision 5

    • Supervision 6

  • 6

    Session Learning Objectives and Highlights

    • Module Description and Learning Objectives

  • 7

    The Magic Rainbow Hug

    • Rainbow Hug Demonstration Video

    • Session 6 Experiential Exercise: Role-play Facilitating one of the above stories with your partner leading the activities [Dyad—Break-out session]

    • Session 6 Experiential Exercise: Role-play Facilitating the Magic Rainbow Hug© Story with your partner leading the activities [Dyad—Break-out session]

    • Between Session 6 & 7 Client-Practice Assignment: Implementing the Magic Rainbow Hug

    • Kinesthetic Stories Magic Love Bug & Others - Free Gift from Dr. Courtney

    • Kinesthetic Storytelling - Allowing the Storyteller in you to flow

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Process of Implementation

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Practioners Manual Book Invoice

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Reflection Form

  • 8

    Session Powerpoints

    • Module 1 Overview Powerpoint

    • Module 2 Theories Powerpoint

    • Module 3 Touch Powerpoint

    • Module 4 Attachment Theory Powerpoint

    • Module 5 Assessment Powerpoint

    • Module 6: Basic Story Foundations Powerpoint

    • Module 7: Ericksonian Principles Powerpoint

    • Module 8: Mindfulness Calm & Relax Powerpoint

    • Module 9 Prepare Parents Powerpoint

    • Module 10 Activities Level 1

    • Module 12 Grid Stories from Scratch Powerpoint

    • Module 13 Facilitating Children to be the Storytellers in Individual Sessions

    • Module 14 FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Benefits to Children

    • Module 14 Putting It All Together

  • 9

    Session Activities, Journal Exercises & Homework Assignments

    • Journal Prompts and Instructions - Module 1

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    • 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)

  • 10

    You Tube Links and Videos

    • Session 1 Videos - Looking for Me & Calm, Focused, Friendly

    • Session 2 Videos : School of Rock, Rescue Hug, Jamie's Story, Harlow's Monkey

    • Session 2 Video: Francis McGlone Lecture (optional)

    • Session 3 Videos Four-part video of Sir Richard Bowlby & Sir Richard Bowlby's interview with Allan Shore

    • Session 5 Extra Materials

    • Session 8 Videos: Guess What I’m Drawing?, Twinkle, Twinkle, Itsy Love Bug, Row, Row,Boat #1 & 2, Pattycake #1 & 2, Short Rainbow Hug Making Pizza Pie

  • 11

    Certification

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Skills Checklist

    • FirstPlay® Therapy with Dr. Courtney Oct 2018

  • 12

    Finish The Course

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Attendance Log Online & Supervision

    • Quiz (required)

    • Evaluation (Required)

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