Course Description

** In order to sign up for this course, you need to have successfully completed and passed the FirstPlay  Kinesthetic Storytelling®  Level 1 & 2 Courses. **

24.5 hours of training, 13.5 APT non-contact hours (11 skills/methods and 5 special populations), 3 hours Individual and 8 hours live group Reflective consultation.

In Level 3, we build upon what we learned in Levels 1 & 2 and we delve deeper into understanding Ericksonian principles while also learning how to create therapeutic stories from scratch using a FirstPlay® Child Story-Interview Grid. We begin to practice getting in touch with our own storyteller and writer within. In this, you will be asked to create a therapeutic story utilizing the FirstPlay® Child Story-Interview Grid based upon an interview with a child volunteer. This will be reviewed together during the reflective consultation sessions. During Level 3, you are provided with the FirstPlay Parent Manual©, which is a manualized guide to use with children and parents in sessions, that contains the past modules of Level’s 1 & 2: “Getting Started” activities and “Ready Made” stories, as well as the modules of Level 3 “Creating Stories from Scratch” and the “Child as Storyteller.”  You will learn how to implement the FirstPlay Parent Manual© with children and families based upon the developmental stage of the child and the child’s presenting problems.

Level III: Includes three (3) Individual Consultation Sessions and eight (8) hours of  live Group Reflective Consultation Sessions (the costs of the Consultation sessions are included in the course fees). 

The student will complete all three Individual Consultation sessions before attending the remaining Group Consultation sessions.  The first Individual Consultation will be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney upon complete of Module Eleven.  During this session, the student will be required to complete a personal story for review during the meeting.  

The second Individual Consultation session will be scheduled directly with Dr. Courtney after the completion of Module Twelve.  During this meeting, the student will be required to submit a video of themselves practicing creating a story with a volunteer child (can also be done with an adult).

The third Individual Consultation with be scheduled with Dr. Courtney directly after the completion of Module Thirteen.  During this meeting, the student will be required to submit a video of themselves guiding a volunteer parent/child dyad in the creation of a story.  

Upon completion of the three Individual Sessions, the student will then participate in eight (8) hours of  Group Reflective Consultation. These sessions will assist to ground the theory and interventions learned in Level III into practice and will also provide an opportunity to practice and review participant therapeutic stories created from the FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Child Interview Grid©.

Instructor

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©

  • 3

    Module Ten: Ericksonian Principles & the Power of Metaphor

    • Module Ten: Ericksonian Principles & the Power of Metaphor - Description & Learning Objectives

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 10B Kinesthetic Stories

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 10-C During & After Session Facilitation

  • 4

    Module Eleven: Creating Therapeutic Kinesthetic Stories for Children from Scratch [in FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual]

    • Module Eleven: Creating Therapeutic Kinesthetic Stories for Children from Scratch [in FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual] - Description & Learning Objectives

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 11 Personal Stories

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 11 Personal Metaphoric Storytelling

  • 5

    Consultation SESSION 4: Individual Reflective Consultation #3 (one hour of supervision)

    • SESSION 4: Individual Reflective Consultation #3(one hour of supervision)

  • 6

    Module Twelve: Facilitating Children to be the Storytellers & to Tell Their Own Stories in Individual Play Therapy sessions. [FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual]

    • Module Twelve: Facilitating Children to be the Storytellers & to Tell Their Own Stories in Individual Play Therapy sessions. [FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual] - Description & Learning Objectives

    • Powerpoint Presentation

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 12 Creating Stories from Scratch

    • Child interview grid handout

    • Story Interview Grid handout

    • Sophia's FirstPlay Story Interview Video (Part 1)

    • Sophia's Story Part 2 Video

    • Sophia's story Part 3

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 12B Part 4 Sophia's craft

    • Cheetah Saves Panda from the Scary Alligator

    • Abigail's Story (Part 1)

    • Abigail’s Story In Action PART 2

  • 7

    Consultation SESSION 5: Individual Reflective Consultation #4 (one hour of supervision)

    • SESSION 5: Individual Reflective Consultation #4 (one hour of supervision)

  • 8

    Module Thirteen: Putting it All Together, Facilitating Parents, Essential forms, Marketing & Ethical Practice

    • Module Thirteen: Putting it All Together, Facilitating Parents, Essential forms, Marketing & Ethical Practice - Description & Learning Objectives

    • Module 13 Powerpoint Presentation

    • KS FirstPlay Mod 13 Kids as Storytellers

    • Filiz’s story & Journey through the FirstPlay KS

  • 9

    Parent Manuals

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual (video)

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual

  • 10

    Module Fourteen: What’s Next: Moving forward & Keeping in Touch

    • Module Fourteen: What’s Next: Moving forward & Keeping in Touch - Description & Learning Objectives

  • 11

    Consultation SESSION 6: GROUP Reflective Consultation #5 & 6:

    • SESSION 6: GROUP Reflective Consultation #5 & 6:

  • 12

    Finish The Course

    • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Attendance Log Online & Supervision

    • Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

  • $1,485.00

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