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 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® Manual, Sample Consent Form & Requirements for Certification Log

    • FirstPlay Practitioner Manual LEVEL 1

    • Kinesthetic Storytelling Informed Consent Sample

    • FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Requirements for Certification Log

  • 3

    MODULE ONE: FirstPlay® Overview

    • Welcome Letter

    • MODULE ONE: FirstPlay® Overview - Description and Learning Objectives

    • Module One Powerpoint

    • Module One Video

    • Attendance Log - Print and Complete Throughout the Course

  • 4

    MODULE TWO: FirstPlay® Therapy Foundations

    • MODULE TWO: FirstPlay® Therapy Foundations - Description and Learning Objectives

    • Module Two Powerpoint Part A

    • Module Two Video Part A

    • Module Two Powerpoint Part B

    • Module Two Video Part B

  • 5

    MODULE THREE: Touch, FirstPlay® & Ethics

    • MODULE THREE: Touch, FirstPlay® & Ethics Description & Objectives

    • Module Three Powerpoint

    • Module Three Video Session 1

    • Module Three Video Session 2

    • Module Three Video Session 3

  • 6

    MODULE FOUR: Parent & Child Touch & Attachment Assessment & other Child Drawing Assessment Interventions.

    • MODULE FOUR: Parent & Child Touch & Attachment Assessment & other Child Drawing Assessment Interventions - Description & Learning Objectives

    • Module Four Powerpoint

    • Module Four Video

  • 7

    MODULE FIVE: Mindfulness Practice: “Calm, Relax & Connect”

    • MODULE FIVE: Mindfulness Practice: “Calm, Relax & Connect” - Description & Learning Objectives

    • Module Five Powerpoint

    • Module Five Video

  • 8

    MODULE SIX: Introductory FirstPlay® Getting Started Activities

    • MODULE SIX: Introductory FirstPlay® Getting Started Activities - Description & Learning Objectives

    • Module Six A Powerpoint

    • Module Six A Video

    • Module Six B Powerpoint

    • Module Six B Video

  • 9

    MODULE SEVEN: Organizing & Preparing for Parent-Child

    • MODULE SEVEN: Organizing & Preparing for Parent-Child - Description & Learning Objective

    • KS FirstPlay Module 7-A Facilitation Powerpoint

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 7-A Video

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 7 B Benefits Powerpoint

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 7B Video

  • 10

    Supplemental Materials: You Tube Links and Videos

    • Module 1 -3 Videos - Looking for Me & Calm, Focused, Friendly

    • Module 1-3 Videos : School of Rock, Rescue Hug, Jamie's Story, Harlow's Monkey

    • Module 1-3 Video: Francis McGlone Lecture (optional)

    • Module 1-3 Videos Four-part video of Sir Richard Bowlby & Sir Richard Bowlby's interview with Allan Shore

    • Module 6: Intro/Beginning Videos For Young Children

    • Module 6 Advanced Videos for Older Children

  • 11

    Schedule Your Consultation Session

    • Required for Your Consultation Call

    • KS FirstPlay Video Consent form

    • Consultation Session Review

  • 12

    Finish The Course: Not Available Until After Consultation Call

    • Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

  • $1,485.00

    $1,485.00FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®: Three-Level Training Series - An Attachment Based Play Therapy Model .......... (50 Hrs Training: 35 Non-Contact + 15 Live Consultation)

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