Course Description

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

12.5 APT non-contact hours of recorded training (12.5 hours skills/methods. No NBCC credits. 

Level 2  is 12.5 hours of the 37.5 hours in the three-part FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® training.  Level 2  builds upon the foundations and skills learned in Level 1.  

 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.

Certification in FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling: 

To become certified in FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling, the student must first successfully complete the three levels of educational content (37.5 total hours) in the FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling series. 

Upon completion of all three levels of recorded content, the student will contact Dr. Courtney directly to schedule TWO (2) final individual consultation sessions to demonstrate competency in applying the Level 3 course concepts into clinical practice. 


  As presented in the Level 3 materials, you will be asked to use the FirstPlay Somatic Interview Grid with a child to then write and implement a FirstPlay somatic therapeutic story in action. A video recording of the session will be reviewed together in a consultation session with Dr. Courtney. [You can use a volunteer child and family if needed.] The final fee for the two consultation sessions is $250.00 to be paid directly to Dr. Courtney.


Please contact Dr. Courtney at [email protected] for more information and to clarify the final steps toward your Certification as a FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling Practitioner.

Instructor Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S

Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S is the 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/editor of the books Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Models, Programs and Practice and Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapies: Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body, Mindfulness” book. She is 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.

Course curriculum

    1. Kinesthetic Storytelling Informed Consent

    2. YouTube Links weather videos

    3. Rainbow Hug Demonstration Video

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

    5. BONUS GIFT - Extra Ready Made Back Stories

    1. Module SEVEN: Basic Ingredients

    2. Module 7 Video Part A

    3. Module 7 Video Part B

    1. MODULE EIGHT: Organizing & Preparing for Parent-Child

    2. KS FirstPlay Mod 8 Ericksonian Powerpoint

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 8 Level II Ericksonian Metaphor Video

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

    2. KS FirstPlay Mod 9 LEVEL II Story Ingredients Powerpoint

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 9 Storytelling Ingredients Video

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

    2. KS FirstPlay Mod 10 A MRH Story Demo Powerpoint

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 10 Magic Rainbow Hug Story March 2020

    4. KS FirstPlay Mod 10A Magic Rainbow Video

About this course

  • $349.00
  • 40 lessons
  • 12.5 hours of video content

What Students Are Saying

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I loved learning about kinesthetic storytelling!!!

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Janet Courtney is so amazing!! I love love kinesthetic storytelling!

Janet Courtney is so amazing!! I love love kinesthetic storytelling!

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