FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Level 1: Foundations

21.5 Total: 15.5 APT non-contact hrs provided by Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies (APT Approved Provider 10-287) 1.5 hrs Individual consultation & 12 NBCC credit hrs co-sponsored by Jennifer Taylor (ACEP 62978) | taught by Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
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Course description

18 Hours total includes 15.5 APT Non-contact hours (pre-recorded material) and 1. 5 hours LIVE IndividualLevellevel Level  Reflective Consultation.  (For those working with APT towards the Registered Play Therapist Credential 6 of the 15.5 hours are in seminal theory and 9.5 hours are in skills and methods).

Level One of this FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® three-part training series provides an introduction to FirstPlay® including the theoretical and research  foundations of Developmental Play Therapy, Attachment Theory, Ericksonian- based principles, and Filial Play Therapy, in addition to the neurobiology of touch. You will also learn several assessment tools (art-based and scale) to evaluate for children’s experiences of touch and attachment. Finally, you will  learn and practice several FirstPlay® introductory “Getting Started” kinesthetic interventions that can assist in helping children to become familiar with the experience of “BACK Stories,” while at the same time enhancing the parent-child attachment relationship and emphasizing the importance of respectful touch.

Level I: Includes One Session with 1.5 Hours Individual Reflective Consultation Session. 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.

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

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 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.

Course Curriculum

FirstPlay®Therapy Kinesthetic Storytelling® Manual, Sample Consent Form & Requirements for Certification Log
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MODULE FOUR: Parent & Child Touch & Attachment Assessment & other Child Drawing Assessment Interventions.
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Finish The Course: Not Available Until After Consultation Call
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