CEU Workshop Summer 2024

This workshop will be In Person
Location: Nola Pizza & Brew
3033 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

Space is Limited: Pre-registration is required

 All workshops are approved for continuing education hours for social workers and counselors through the LABSWE and the LCA.

July 31st, 2024

Workshop 1

"Tortured Therapists Department: Understanding the therapeutic impact of Taylor Swift"

Presented by: S. Courtney Nathan, LCSW
3 CEUs – Clinical/Diagnosis
Wednesday, July 31st, 2024
8:00am – Registration
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Location: Nola Pizza & Brew, 3033 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70115

About The Workshop

This three hour program will be a conversation about how the music of Taylor Swift influences mental health. Beginning with a review of research into how music therapy can help clients with a range of illnesses both physical and mental, we will then explore Swift’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department”, discuss lyrics and melodies and consider how the music may be affecting both you and your clients in both positive and negative ways.  In addition to guided exploration of the music, participants will be asked to share their own experiences and thoughts about the album and how it is affecting them and their clients. We will review the stages of grief and discuss how various songs trigger emotions and why this insight can be used therapeutically.  Finally, we will explore how music may be used in therapy to help clients coping with various issues including grief and loss, anxiety, depression and self esteem.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss impact of music on mental health – theory and research
  • Explore the use of modern music in therapy
  • Review of “The Tortured Poets Department” (TTPD) album : what makes it unique emotionally including the cultural phenomenon surrounding this album
  • Review stages of grief & themes in the TTPD album
  • Review lyrics that support themes – this will include listening to certain songs and discussing their emotional impact
  • Discuss triggers related to specific themes and songs – positive and negative
  • Review how TTPD is impacting therapists and clients – and how they are using it in therapy
  • Learn positive ways to integrate the TTPD album for therapeutic use with clients of all ages

About The Presenter

S. Courtney Nathan graduated with a BA in psychology from The University of Kentucky in 1992. She earned her MSW from Tulane School of Social Work in 1993. Courtney worked at Jewish Family Service from 1994-2004 as a clinical social worker. Her clinical focus was adolescents and young adult women. She also served as Coordinator of the Outreach to Intermarrieds Program at JFS where she worked with interfaith couples and their families. Courtney is co-author with Leigh Collins of the book “Parenting Through Illness”. She has a special interest in motherless daughters, motherless mothers and working with adult women. Courtney founded PDN in 2010 with her partner, Kristen Chawla, when they saw a need for convenient, local, affordable and interesting continuing education programming post Katrina. They have made it their mission to fill this need. Courtney is currently the sole owner and director of PDN. Courtney is married with two children.