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Touch and Boundary Setting in Child Counseling & Classrooms
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc video recording with electronic manual and instructions
12/6/2017 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
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  1. Administer at least 10 "mediating factors" related to touch and how they interrelate to determine best practice interventions.
  2. Explore the varied play therapy models that use touch as an intervention.
  3. Characterize at least seven interventions to educate children regarding safe touch boundaries and body awareness.
  4. Determine 10 recommended clinical and ethical touch guidelines in child counseling and play therapy practice.
  5. Propose why increasing professional touch awareness is crucial to an individual's professional development especially when working with abused children.
  6. Intervene to educate parents and caretakers about the neurobiology of touch and its relationship to attachment and self-regulation.
  7. Specify at least three play therapy touch educator interventions that assist children setting personal space boundaries.

Breaking down the Touch Controversy

  • Why the problem with touch & children?
  • Touch with children vs adults
  • "No touch" policies-More harm than good?
  • Touch and your code of ethics
  • Male vs female practitioner liability
  • Examining the "slippery slope" argument
  • Current research

Neurobiology of Touch

  • Oxytocin-the "calming & connectivity" hormone
  • Cortisol & hurtful or stressful touch
  • Parasympathetic nervous system (PNS)
  • C-tactile fibers-Emotional touch
  • Sensory mirror neurons -- develop empathy and interconnectivity
  • Psychoeducation

Assessing Mediating Factors of Touch

  • Types of touch: child initiated, practitioner initiated, task-oriented, referential...
  • Child's age, gender, diagnosis
  • Theoretical approach
  • Cultural, religion, and more...

Case Examples/Ethical Dilemmas - Respond, Intervene & Set Safe Boundaries in Clinics/Classrooms

  • Recommendations for working with physically & sexually abused children-attunement/proximity/cues
  • Alternatives to physical restraint - interventions for physically aggressive kids/teens
  • Skills for working with children diagnosed with autism, reactive attachment disorder, ADHD (attunement/proximity/cues)
  • Child Restraint-informed consent sample
  • Managing inappropriate touching by the child
  • Developmental differences: infants, children, teens

Play Therapy & Assessments - Touch as an Intervention

  • Developmental play therapy-touch and attachment disorders
  • DIR/floortime and children with autism
  • FirstPlay®--facilitating corrective (and preventive) experiences of touch between infants and parents
  • Touch in animal assisted therapy
  • Peer-to-peer massage in schools
  • Touch in groups: dance & movement/bereavement/play therapy
  • Case Examples

Lab Experiential-Growing Professional Self-Awareness

  • Knowing your own proximity space boundaries & comfort
  • Side hugs & acceptable touch alternatives
  • Practice setting appropriate boundaries with children
  • Professional touch survey small group discussion
  • Practice boundary setting interventions-through mock demonstrations

Become a "Touch Educator" with Creative Play-Based Interventions

  • "Captain May I"
  • "Red Light, Green Light"
  • Hula hoop Personal Space
  • "My No Touch Square!" chant activity
  • Creating safe boundaries in the sandtray & clay
  • Case study examples to apply to practice

Growing Ethical Competency in Touch

  • Aristotle's "Practical Wisdom"
  • 5 core competencies in touch
  • Clinical & ethical touch guidelines
  • Liability risk management--informed consent


Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy® and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx speaker, a StoryPlay® facilitator, and is past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She has publications in the International Journal of Play Therapy, the American Journal of Art Therapy, and the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, and is a contributing author for the chapter, "Touching Autism through Developmental Play Therapy" in the book, Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Courtney also has a book coming out in Spring, 2017, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide.

She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling). She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She specializes in infant mental health, attachment, and trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow. Visit her website at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janet Courtney is founder of FirstPlay™ Therapy. She is in private practice and an adjunct professor at Barry University. Dr. Courtney receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Janet Courtney is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Continuing Education Credits

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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Play Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals