Course Description

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

9.5 APT non-contact hours . For those pursuing their RPT credential, you may apply 5.5 hours to skills/methods and 3 hours to  special populations.

Level 3 is the final 9.5 hours of the 37.5 three-part FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling series.  In Level 3, the focus in on learning how to create therapeutic stories from scratch using a FirstPlay® Child Story-Interview Grid.

In Level 3,  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.

Certification in First Play Somatic Storytelling: 

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

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. FirstPlay® Therapy Kinesthetic Storytelling® Practitioner Training Manual©

    3. FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling PARENT Manual©

    4. BONUS GIFT - Extra Ready Made Back Stories

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

    2. KS FirstPlay Mod 10B Kinesthetic Stories

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 10-C During & After Session Facilitation

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

    2. KS FirstPlay Mod 11 Personal Stories

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 11 Personal Metaphoric Storytelling

    1. 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

    2. Powerpoint Presentation

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 12 Creating Stories from Scratch

    4. Child interview grid handout

    5. Story Interview Grid handout

    6. Sophia's FirstPlay Story Interview Video (Part 1)

    7. Sophia's Story Part 2 Video

    8. Sophia's story Part 3

    9. KS FirstPlay Mod 12B Part 4 Sophia's craft

    10. Cheetah Saves Panda from the Scary Alligator

    11. Abigail's Story (Part 1)

    12. Abigail’s Story In Action PART 2

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

    2. Module 13 Powerpoint Presentation

    3. KS FirstPlay Mod 13 Kids as Storytellers

    4. Filiz’s story & Journey through the FirstPlay KS

About this course

  • $295.00
  • 44 lessons
  • 9.5 hours of video content

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