FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® Level 2: Ready-Made Therapeutic Stories

18 hrs training, 15.5 APT non-contact hrs of pre-recorded provided by Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies (APT Approved Provider 10-287) 2.5 hrs LIVE 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

** 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, 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® Manuals©
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MODULE EIGHT: FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®: Basic Building Blocks of Children’s Stories
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