Course Description

 ** The book is required for this course and is not included in the price of the course.  The book can be purchased here:

**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.

Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy explores the professional and legal boundaries around physical contact in therapy and offers best-practice guidelines from a variety of perspectives. Chapters address issues around appropriate and sensitive therapist-initiated touch, therapeutic approaches that use touch as an intervention in child treatment, and both positive and challenging forms of touch that are initiated by children. In these pages, professionals and students alike will find valuable information on ways to address potential ethical dilemmas, including defining boundaries, working with parents and guardians, documentation, consent forms, cultural considerations, countertransference, and much more.


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

  • Describe how to complete an informed consent for intervening with aggressive children.  

  • State the five core ethical competencies related to touch in therapeutic child practice. 

  • List at least three different therapeutic models that use touch as an intervention. 

  • List at least seven different mediating factors related to touch in child therapy sessions. 

  • State at least ten different ethical guidelines in practice with child. 

  • Describe at least three factors related to the neurobiology of touch.   

  • Describe at least three interventions for how to intervene related to trauma and touch in domestic violence. 

  • List at least three interventions for managing aggressive behavior. 

  • List at least five recommendations for working


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

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    $1,485.00FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®: Three-Level Training Series - An Attachment Based Play Therapy Model .......... (50 Hrs Training: 35 Non-Contact + 15 Live Consultation)

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