Our Story - THE FIRSTPLAY® Café

 

A Note from the Founder and Editor

Janet A. Courtney, PhD

 

Welcome!  to the first issue of  

The FirstPlay® Café 

 

The inspiration for this new FREE e-magazine for the 21st Century came about with the desire to bring together parents with a multi-disciplinary group of international health care professionals to share knowledge, resources, and start helpful conversations for parents with children ages womb to six years of age. The professionals who are invited to write for this e-magazine are from a wide-range of fields including Mental Health Professionals, Play Therapists, Pediatric Nurses, Sleep Specialists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Infant Mental Health Specialists, Music Therapists, Art Therapists, and others. We invite you to subscribe to our FREE mailing list and enjoy Quarterly yearly publications. We hope you enjoy reading and learning from this amazing group of practitioners.  

 

About Dr. Courtney 
Janet A. Courtney, PhD
Founder & Editor of FirstPlay® Café

Dr. Courtney is an internationally recognized Play Therapist and Storyteller. She is Founder of FirstPlay Therapy® (an infant & child attachment based storytelling model), a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, and a TEDx Speaker. She is presently Chair of the Association for Play Therapy Ethics and Practice Committee and past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy.

 

She is author of "Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Models, Programs and Practice," and "Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapy," and "Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide," and her research into touch is published in the American Journal of Art Therapy and the International Journal of Play Therapy. She is a contributing author in the books, “Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and in the book, Environmental Expressive Therapies and is published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture.

 

She offers a Certification to practitioners in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Story-Massage & FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®) and provides training to professionals in the Ethical and Clinical Competencies of Touch, Family Play & Expressive Therapies, and Ecopsychology Play Therapy, among other topics. She is a sought after speaker and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. Invite Dr. Courtney to speak at your next conference. 

Janet A. Courtney, PhD 
Founder FirstPlay® Café
E-Magazine Editor
Lynnsmilingphoto FP Cafe.jpg

Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS

Editorial Advisory Board

Registered Play Therapy Supervisor 

www.WondersCounseling.com &   www.WondersWellness.com

Nicole FP Cafe Prof photo.jpeg

Nicole Cannon

Editorial Advisory Board

Certified Sleep Consultant

www.sleepy-mama.com

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson, PsyD

Editorial Advisory Board

Psychologist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner 

 www.thejourneyinstituteinc.com

Viktoria oct 2017 photo .JPG

VIKTORIA B. TOTH, LMHC

Editorial Advisory Board 

Registered Play Therapist, Certified FirstPlay® Assistant Supervisor 

https://www.fromseedlingtoblossom.com/

Andrea Vargas.JPG

ANDREA VARGAS, LMHC

Editorial Advisory Board

Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified FirstPlay®  Practitioner 

https://andreavargaslmhc.com/

Hanna Lampi prof photo.jpg

Hanna Lampi

Editorial Advisory Board 

Hanna Lampi is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Theraplay Therapist- Supervisor/Trainer, Family therapist from Espoo, Finland

michelle RiggF.jpg

Michelle Rigg, LCSW

Editorial Advisory Board

Registered Play Therapist 

Website:  http://mriggtherapy.com

Email: michelle@mriggtherapy.com

Jamie Mr Rogers photo_edited.jpg

Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S

Editorial Advisory Board

Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

 jamielynnlangley.com

FirstPlay® Café
Editorial Advisory Board  
Meyleen photo.jpg

Editorial Advisory Board 

Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, RPT-S

Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified FirstPlay® Supervisor 

Jen Taylor.jpg

Editorial Advisory Board 

Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner

https://jentaylorplaytherapy.com/

Kacey b 3.jpg

Kacey Burakowski, MA

Editorial Advisory Board

Speech and Language Pathology & Certified FirstPlay® Assistant Supervisor Educator

https://attunedbeginnings.com/

Carmen Photo firstplay aug 2018.jpeg

Carmen K Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, RPT-S

Editorial Advisory Board

Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified FirstPlay® Assistant Supervior 

https://www.outspokenllc.com/

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT

Editorial Advisosry Board

Registered Play Therapist,  Certified FirstPlay® Infant Therapy Practitioner and owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA

http://www.mainlineplaytherapy.com/

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
This is a private email list for FirstPlay® Café only that will never be shared. 

© 2018 by The FirstPlay® Café