The Child is Father of the Man: Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction and Mood Disorders

Event Date & Time: June 16th 2017 at 8:00 am

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Early life trauma can cause long-term and persisting changes to the brain and brain chemistry which can be measured and imaged, even decades after the childhood events. The presence (or absence) of childhood trauma can increase later-life vulnerability to addiction and mood disorders and also appears to influence which treatments are most effective. Taking a careful trauma history in children and adults is essential for any provider of health care. 

5 Key Teachings From Decision-Neuroscience Every Addiction Professional Should Know 

Free Will is the currency of free societies; we exercise free will whenever we decide. Our decisions are the building blocks of our characters, of morality and personal freedom. Nowhere is the loss of this freedom more painfully obvious than in end-stage addiction. When it comes to working with the resistant client, addiction professionals are expert decision-ologists; interventionists are ‘decision-neuroscientists’, but rarely are we provided with the basic decision-neuroscience findings we need to enhance our trade. Blending recent insights from neuro-law, neuro-economics and decision-neuroscience with lively anecdote and learning, Dr. La Riche invites you on an interactive journey under the hood of our actions to learn what drives our decisions, our ethical dilemmas and meaning itself.


8:30 am – 9:00 am | REGISTRATION

9:30 am – 10:15 am | “The Child is Father of the Man – Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction and Mood Disorders” Featured Speaker: Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD 

10:15 am – 10:30 am | BREAK

10:30 am – 11:30 pm | “The Child is Father of the Man” Presentation (Continued)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm | “The Child is Father of the Man” Presentation (Continued)

2:45 pm – 3:00 | Workshop Wrap-up

    We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for approval of 4.0 substance abuse specific credits.


    Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD 

    Christopher La Tourette La Riche is double board-certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He is an expert psycho-pharmacologist and an award-winning public speaker and educator on addiction and the neuroscience of trauma and mood disorders. He is the founding medical director/ founding psychiatrist at Elements Behavioral Health’s first de novo start-up facility focusing on evidence-based medicine, Lucida Treatment Center. 

    Dr. La Riche has an extensive background in the humanities and entered medicine after a career in education and the arts. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in Comparative Literature, a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s department of Applied Linguistics and is a fluent speaker of six languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French). He lectures and sees patients in all of these languages. 

    He is an impassioned educator involved in outreach, marketing and increasing public awareness for the humane and neuroscience-based treatment of people with addictions and mental illness. He is voluntary assistant professor of psychiatry at Florida International University and received the highest honor awarded to any educator from the University of Miami: The George Paff Award for Excellence in Medical Education.

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