This 2-hour recorded course provides an introduction and overview of FirstPlay® Therapy and the background “story” of its creation with its roots as an adapted Developmental Play Therapy model. It will also distinguish differences between symbolic and pre-symbolic play. It covers the vital importance of the first-play types of experiences to attachment and brain development, and the detriment for children who did not receive those experiences. It also examines how these early life experiences parallel later life relationships. The differences between the two different developmental levels of FirstPlay® Therapy are distinguished to include FirstPlay® Infant Story-Massage (birth to two years) and FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling (formerly known as Kinesthetic Storytelling®) (ages two years to ten-twelve years).
Course objectives: At the end of this course practitioners will be able to:
- Describe at least five significant points related to the development and historical background of FirstPlay® Therapy.
- State at least three differences between symbolic play and pre-symbolic play and the importance of both to a child’s mental health.
- Describe three reasons why first-play joyful activities are foundational to building secure attachments in relationships.
- State one way in which early first-play activities mirror later life relational experiences.
This course is led by Janet Courtney, PhD., RPT-S. APT credits available as listed in the course description are sponsored by Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies (APT Approved Provider 10-287) Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do no qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.
Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services, LLC.
No NBCC Credit available.
If you are interested in certification in FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling:
This course is also the first two hours of the FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling Level 1 course.
If you are interested in becoming certified in First Play Somatic Storytelling (formerly known as First Play Kinesthetic Storytelling), you can start with this FREE course.
If this material resonates with you, you can go directly to this course, Somatic Storytelling Level 1 to complete the remaining of Level 1.
If you are not sure (yet) about certification or just need to spread your resources out over time, Dr. Courtney has offered the next three modules of Somatic Storytelling Level 1 as stand-alone courses.
Next, you would purchase these courses
4). Parent and Child Attachment and Assessment (Coming Soon!)
Once you complete all 4 of the courses listed above, please email Jen Taylor at [email protected] to purchase Module 5, which will be the final course needed for you to complete Level 1 of the Somatic Storytelling Series. Once you have completed that course, you can move directly to Level 2 of the Somatic Storytelling series.
The three-part Somatic Storytelling series is 37.5 hours of training in all three Levels of the Somatic Storytelling series. After completing the training, contact Dr. Courtney to schedule individual or group consultation sessions to review the material and demonstrate competency in the techniques.
Welcome to the Course
A Note About FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling (formerly Kinesthetic Storytelling) Certification
Course Video Recording
Required Content: Francis McGlone Lecture
About this course
- 7 lessons
- 2 hours of video content
FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® Training 37.5 Hours3 Courses
37.5 Hours of Recorded Content. Complete this intensive training in First Play Somatic Storytelling by purchasing all three levels! Completion of this training and then additional consultation (sold separately) can lead to certification!
FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® Level 1: Foundations (15.5 Hours)
CERTIFICATION - Start with Level One (15. 5 Hours) of Dr. Janet Courtney's three-part training series to start the process of becoming certified in FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® and then continue the journey with Levels 2 and 3!
FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® Level 2: Ready-Made Stories 12.5 Hours5.0 average rating (1 review)
In Level 2 of the FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® training, we build upon the foundations and skills learned in Level 1. Learn the ingredients of therapeutic metaphoric storytelling with eight ready-made stories.
FirstPlay Somatic Storytelling® Level 3: Creating Therapuetic Stories From Scratch 9.5 Hours5.0 average rating (1 review)
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.
I enjoyed this introduction into FirstPlay and am interested in further training opportunities and materials
I enjoyed this introduction into FirstPlay and am interested in further training opportunities and materialsRead Less
Very interesting course for all working with children, motivation for training in FirstPlay. Thank you.
Very interesting course for all working with children, motivation for training in FirstPlay. Thank you.Read Less
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