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Friday, September 28, 2018
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

“The Child is Father of the Man: Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction & Mood Disorders” and “The Outsider: Social Pain and Addiction”

CEs and CASAC hours: 6

AM: “The Child is Father of the Man: Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction & Mood Disorders” with Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD

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

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to name the 3 basic elements of the neuroendocrine stress system altered in early life trauma that can affect mood, anxiety and addiction.
  2. Attendees will be able to explain a simple teaching model of the neurobiology of addiction to clients and their families. 3. Attendees will be able to name and briefly explain at least
  3. Attendees will be able to name and briefly explain at least 3 early life events that have correlated with later life mood and addictive disorders.

PM:  “The Outsider: Social Pain and Addiction” with Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD 

We are social creatures. The advantages of belonging to a group are well-known, yet every society has Outsiders— individuals who “don’t fit in” to the mainstream. Outsiders experience social exclusion—social pain that can be bad for health, even bad for survival in evolutionary terms. There is now exciting evidence of substantial overlap between our physical pain and social pain (social exclusion) networks. These social pain networks, in turn, connect with drug craving structures and may contribute to risk-seeking behaviors central to addiction. In this lively exploration of the Outsider, Social Pain & Addiction that audiences have called “deeply humanistic and with a practical focus”, Dr. La Riche draws together astonishing findings on social exclusion and addiction from neuroscience, existential psychotherapy, art and philosophy, casting light on an area of addiction—and human experience—that often lies in shadow.

Learning Objectives By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Name a structure in the brain involved in social exclusion/social pain
  2. Explain at least one study that illustrates the overlap between social pain and physical pain
  3. Describe the importance of social pain/social exclusion in the field of addiction treatment

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This event will cost $125.

Christopher La Tourette La RicheChristopher La Tourette La Riche, MD is double board-certified (by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He is an expert psycho-pharmacologist, an award-winning psychotherapist and an international keynote speaker and educator on addiction and the neuroscience of trauma and mood disorders. He was the founding medical director at Elements Behavioral Health’s first start-up facility, Lucida Treatment Center, which prioritizes evidence-based treatment of addiction and mental health disorders. 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 has an unusually broad vision of addiction and mental health treatment including involvement in the public sector (medicaid/medicare models), County Hospitals (public psychiatry), insurance-based and out-of-network models, community mental health, the “Medical Home” model, Academic medicine and medical education, Concierge private practice, and international models of addiction and mental health care (Paraguay, Brazil, Italy). He has contributed to creating public policy on addiction treatment on a variety of levels, both local (the Palm Beach County opiate epidemic) and international (Paraguay’s first-ever addiction treatment conference, Brazil’s national Neuropsychology annual meeting). 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 health disorders. He is voluntary assistant professor of psychiatry at Florida International University and has 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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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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