Course Description

** In order to sign up for this course, you need to have successfully completed and passed the FirstPlay  Kinesthetic Storytelling® Level 1: Foundations Course**

18 hours of training, 15.5 APT non-contact hours of recorded training (12 hours skills/methods and 6 hour special topics) and 2.5 Hours of live Individual Reflective   consultation.

In Level 2 of the FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® training, we build upon the foundations and skills learned in Level 1.  In this attachment-based play therapy model, practitioners learn the ingredients of therapeutic metaphoric storytelling with foundations in the work of Milton Erickson and how this is combined to include a kinesthetic and multi-sensory component to the therapeutic story process. During this training, practitioners are provided with and learn eight “Ready-Made” kinesthetic stories. Seven of these stories are exclusive to practitioners who take the course and are not currently available for purchase through any other source.

Level II: Includes two (2) Individual Consultation Sessions for a total of 2.5 Hours (the cost of the consultation sessions are included in the course fee). The first consultation will take place after the student has completed the modules up to and including the Magic Rainbow Hug.  The student will then contact Dr. Courtney to schedule a date/time for a consultation call. During this call, the student will be required to submit a demonstration video of them completing the Magic Rainbow Hug with a volunteer.  

Upon completion of the remaining modules in Level Two, the second consultation session can be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney.  During this session, the student is expected to submit a video session in which a Ready-Made Story was practiced with a pair of volunteers (one acting as a parent and another acting as a child). 


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©

    • Kinesthetic Storytelling Informed Consent

    • BONUS GIFT - Extra Ready Made Back Stories

  • 3

    The Magic Rainbow Hug

    • Rainbow Hug Demonstration Video

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

    • YouTube Links weather videos

  • 4

    MODULE EIGHT: FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®: Basic Building Blocks of Children’s Stories

    • MODULE EIGHT: Organizing & Preparing for Parent-Child

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 8 Ericksonian Powerpoint

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 8 Level II Ericksonian Metaphor Video

  • 5

    MODULE NINE: (Part A): Ready Made FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Stories

    • MODULE NINE: (Part A): Ready Made FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Stories - Description & Learning Objectives

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 9 LEVEL II Story Ingredients Powerpoint

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 9 Storytelling Ingredients Video

  • 6

    Module Ten Part A Ready Made FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Stories

    • Module Ten Part A Ready Made FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Stories - Description & Learning Objectives

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 10 A MRH Story Demo Powerpoint

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 10 Magic Rainbow Hug Story March 2020

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 10A Magic Rainbow Video

  • 7

    Module 10 Part B "Ready Made" Stories

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Story FULL Book

    • Dancing for the rain Story

    • KS FirstPlay MOD 10B Dancing for the Rain Video

    • Kiss Breath on a Cloud Story

    • Magic Love Bug Story

    • Magic Love Bug Video

    • Magic Rocket Story

    • Magic Rocket Ship Video

    • Mama Bear Baby Bear

    • Mama Bear Baby Bear Video

    • Once Upon a Rainbow Wave Story

    • A Rainbow Wave Video

    • Shiner and Butterfly Story

    • KS FirstPlay Shiner & His Butterfly Friend Video

    • KS FirstPlay Kiss Breath On A Cloud Video

    • KS FirstPlay Documentation Video

    • Demo Video Links by Meyleenn Velasquez

  • 8


    • 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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