Read the book, then come back to take the quiz and get 6 APT credits

Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Models, Programs, and Practice 

 ** The book is required for this course and is not included in the price of the course.  

**This is a book-study course only.  You will purchase the book on your own (it is not included).  After you finish reading the book, you can login to take the quiz and obtain your certificate.  There are NO supplemental materials (PowerPoints, lecture, etc) included in this book-study course. 

Description of the book:

Infant Play Therapy is a groundbreaking resource for practitioners interested in the varied play therapy theories, models, and programs available for the unique developmental needs of infants and children under the age of three.

The impressive list of expert contributors in the fields of play therapy and infant mental health cover a wide range of early intervention play-based models and topics. Chapters explore areas including: neurobiology, developmental trauma, parent-infant attachment relationships, neurosensory play, affective touch, grief and loss, perinatal depression, adoption, autism, domestic violence, sociocultural factors, and more. Chapter case studies highlight leading approaches and offer techniques to provide a comprehensive understanding of both play therapy and the ways we understand and recognize the therapeutic role of play with infants.

In these pages professionals and students alike will find valuable clinical resources to bring healing to family systems with young children.


By the end of this E-book learning course, Practitioners will be able to:

  • Recite the “working” definition of “infant play therapy.” 

  • State at least three different infant focused assessments. 

  • Describe three ways that the neurobiology of touch contributes to developing a secure attachment relationship. 

  • List at least five different types of play for infants and young children. 

  • Describe at least 5 different infant play therapy interventions. 

  • State at least five different types of problems areas related to infants as identified in the book.  

  • Analyze the differences between the varied infant play therapy models presented in the book. 

  • State the seven basic infant mental health principles as set forth through the WAIMH. 

Get credit for reading the book!

Purchase Dr. Courtney's book, read it, then come back and take the quiz

Borrow the book from a colleague, listen to the audio version, read it on your device or purchase the hard copy - Once you have finished reading, you are ready to purchase the book study. The book study allows you to get 6 APT non-contact credits just for reading (2 in seminal theories and 4 in interventions).

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. Welcome to the course!

    2. Have You Seen the FirstPlay Infant Play Therapy Video?

    3. Evaluation (Required)

    4. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $65.00
  • 4 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

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