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This training has three parts!

  • Required Prerequisite: Engaging in Multicultural International Play Therapy

    You must complete the online Engaging in Multicultural Play Therapy Ethics course to attend this training. (Details located inside free preview of this course!) 2 Hours APT Social Diversity Credit for this LIVE webinar!

  • The Global Family Online Training Series

    As part of this training, you will be required to participate in the 4-part online training series, "The Global Family" (Details located inside free preview). 2 hours APT credit for each live webinar for a total of 8 hours

  • The Play Therapy Great Migration

    Training in Nairobi, Kenya is planned for 4-5 hours per day, August 7-11, 2023; hotel and daily lunch included. Airfare/ground transportation and excursions at your own expense. 20 hours APT credits!

A Global Partnership

of Play Therapists

that understand the transformative nature of meaningful relationships and the therapeutic powers of play to help children, families (and their therapists) worldwide.
The Play Therapy Great Migration

The Play Therapy Great Migration: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body and Mindfulness Interventions

A global partnership with APT Kenya with 28 APT Credits

Using the African Wildebeest Great Migration as a metaphor, participants will learn how to utilize play therapy theories and interventions to address intergenerational trauma. Participants will explore the life cycles of families across multiple generations including birth, growth, grief/loss and adaptation to change. Through art, nature, storytelling, body, and mindfulness interventions, participants will explore themes of adaptation, cooperation, resilience and creating meaning in traumatic circumstances. Within small groups, participants will utilize animal archetypes to create a written, illustrated story integrating all of these concepts. The workshop concludes with a large group enactment of each group’s completed stories. As an addendum to the training, participants are invited to engage in off-site experiential and other educational activities related to the learning content. These activities are supplemental, at an additional cost, are not required as participating in the workshop and are not available for continuing education credit. Details about excursions as well as registration and costs will be made available as the travel gets closer. * Airfare is not included. Participants will be required to meet travel and entry requirements including having a valid passport, tourist VISA, required immunizations, and COVID testing (if required) and are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. Participants are encouraged to obtain travel insurance and consult with their medical provider about risks for international travel.

The Global Family

Online Training in Preparation for our Travel Included in Registration Fees

The Global Family 4-Part Series: Examining The Similarities and Differences between Play Therapy Practices in the United States and Kenya


*Inspired by the Maya Angelou poem, The Human Family, this training series will examine how play therapy is alike (and unalike) in the United States and Kenya as preparation for the workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2023. 


January 28, 2023 11am-1:15pm Eastern 6-8:15pm Kenyan

Baby to Baby: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Infants and Their Caregivers in the United States and Kenya


March 18, 2023 11am-1:15pm Eastern 6-8:15pm Kenyan

Student to Student:  A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with School-Age Children and Their Families in the United States and Kenya


May 13th, 2023 11am-1:15pm Eastern 6-8:15pm Kenyan

Teen to Teen: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Teenagers and Their Families in the United States and Kenya


July 8th, 2023 11am-1:15pm Eastern 6-8:15pm Kenyan

Family to Family: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Families in the United States and Kenya

Engaging in International Multicultural Play Therapy

Information about required pre-training

In a live Zoom workshop, participants will be introduced to the multicultural theories related to international play therapy practice including concepts related to social diversity, cultural imperialism, privilege, oppression and power differences.


  • What exactly is a "refundable intent to travel deposit?"

    This deposit indicates that, if given the opportunity, you are READY TO GO! Note: By submitting this deposit, I am indicating my intent to travel to Nairobi, Kenya August 7-11, 2023. I understand this initial deposit while be applied towards the associated registration fees and travel costs (hotel/meeting space, etc.) and that a full explanation of all fees and charges will be provided at the time of registration. I can withdraw my intent to travel at any time for any reason until January 01, 2023 and for a full refund.

  • Are we going to visit any local sites in Kenya?

    YES! We are working with our partner therapists at APT Kenya to arrange for some off-site educational opportunities. More information will be available at a later date. Also, please plan to extend your travel dates (after the training) to include any other locations on your travel-bucket list.

  • What is the full cost of the training?

    We are working on final details regarding off-site educational experiences. As a result, the full explanation of charges will be available soon. The estimated cost of the entire experience is approximately $3000 This fee includes 5 nights lodging at the conference hotel, daily buffet style lunch, workshop fees/continuing education and the 4 part pre-training series "The Global Family" What's not included? Airfare, ground transportation, excursions, additional food, souvenirs, etc. The required International Multicultural Ethics prerequisite training is not included and must be completed by August 26, 2022.

  • Can my family come?

    Family members may travel with you; however, they are not permitted in the training workshops unless they are mental health professionals that have also registered for the conference (email Jen Taylor for details on how to do that if this applies to you). Any children must have appropriate ADULT supervision for the entire training period. The training is scheduled for 4-5 hours per day so you will have plenty of time to spend with your family enjoying the local area.

  • Do I need a passport? Vaccines?

    YES. All associated travel costs are at your own-expense. You must have a passport that is valid for 6 months after our arrival in Kenya. Additional travel VISA's and documents will be required. Immunizations are required and at your own expense; however, the team will work with participants to help explain all of the details.

  • What if there is a problem?

    You are strongly encouraged to consider travel insurance (at your own expense) in case of any delays, illnesses or other unplanned emergencies.

  • How many people will be there?

    We are reserving 20 spaces for those who will be traveling from outside Africa. There are an additional 20 spaces for therapists who are residents of Kenya and surrounding countries. We anticipate a total of approximately 40 participants. This event is intentionally small so that you have an opportunity to form relationships with the other participants.

  • What is APT Kenya?

    APTK is a professional association for counsellors and psychologists and other mental health professionals in Kenya. The association seeks to bring together professionals who use play therapy as a treatment modality. APTK believes in advancing the cause of play therapy across various settings. The board of APT Kenya is co-hosting this conference (including all required pre-training) and is integrally involved in all aspects of the curriculum, planning, and teaching/facilitation of the course materials. *APT Kenya is not specifically affiliated with the United States Association for Play Therapy.

  • I'm a therapist in Kenya (or surrounding countries), when can I register?

    Don't worry - we have 20 spaces reserved just for you. Registration will be available sometime before September 1st. APT Kenya will be announcing details regarding registration.


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.

Instructor Jen Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S

Jennifer Taylor is an LCSW-C and RPT-S with nearly 20 years experience in the field of social work. She is an EMDR Approved Consultant. She is a certified Journal to the Self Instructor.   She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis currently living near Baltimore, MD.   Jennifer graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 1999. She graduated from the Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2005. Jennifer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Florida.

28 Total APT Credits

Provided by Dr. Janet A. Courtney through Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies approved provider 10-287.

Play therapy credit is available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description based on attendance guidelines (live attendance during webinars with camera on and completion of required quiz; live attendance during in-person training). Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services, LLC.

Other Continuing Education

28 NBCC credits

NBCC credits (pending final approvals) are provided by Jennifer Taylor. 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.

Course curriculum

    1. The Global Family Online Pre-Requisite Training

    2. January 28th, 2023 11-1:15pm EST Baby to Baby: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Infants and Their Caregivers in the United States and Kenya

    3. March 18th, 2023, 11am-1:15pm EST Student to Student: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with School-Age Children and Their Families in the United States and Kenya

    4. May 13th, 2023 11am-1:15pmEST Teen to Teen: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Teenagers and Their Families in the United States and Kenya

    5. July 8th, 2023 11am-1:15 EST Family to Family: A Comparison of Play Therapy Models and Interventions with Families in the United States and Kenya

About this course

  • $650.00
  • 11 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content