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Willpower: The Science of Self-Control

  • Vue 17 1034 S Brentwood Blvd (map)

Elements Behavioral Health and Gateway Wellness Associates present, as part of the monthly Elements of Wellness Workshop Series:

Dr. Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD

Addiction Psychiatrist and International Neuroscience Speaker


Willpower—the Science of Self-Control:

Key Teachings from Decision-Neuroscience every Clinical and Addiction Professional Should Know (3.0 hour Seminar)


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.


$40, includes 3 CEUs AND Lunch

$25 Early Bird pricing before May 25th

Registration and Networking lunch begin at 11:30am

The workshop will begin promptly at 12pm.



Christopher La Tourette La Riche, M.D.



Dr. Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD is an award-winning psychotherapist and a board-certified Addiction Psychiatrist. He specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar and addictive disorders and adult ADHD. He believes strongly in treating the whole person--not just a disease, an addiction or a collection of symptoms--and approaches his patients in a humanistic way.

He is now writing a book on recent advances in Addictive Disorders and Cognitive Deficit/Cognitive Health post-addiction for patients and families. He has also published on the nexus of Early Life Trauma (child abuse and neglect, early parental separation and loss), neuro-endocrine changes and later-life depression, anxiety and addictive disorders. His publications include book chapters and journal articles on the topics of addiction, the neurobiology of depression and child abuse.

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 and his Master’s degree from Columbia University’s department of Applied Linguistics.  

He is a fluent speaker of six languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French). He sees patients in all of these languages. He received his MD from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico where he graduated with clinical distinction. He did his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He received his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from University of Miami.  

He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapies



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