Casa Palmera Guest Lecture Series: Kevin McCauley


Neurobiology of Free Will

Presented by Kevin McCauley

Tuesday, October 8, 2013. 6pm – 8pm            *Please note: event time has changed

Event is Open to the Public

Cost: $25 for Attendees and Guests
Alumni: Registration is free

Please contact Ryan at with any questions on attending.

Register Now

Casa Palmera
14750 El Camino Real
Del Mar, CA 92014

In the heat of the “choice” versus “disease” debate, one crucial question about addiction often goes unasked: could there be such a thing as a disease of choice? Are there examples of volitional collapse in neurology, and how similar are they to addiction? When we ask these questions we demand to know about the brain mechanisms involved in free will. Framing. Valuation. Selection. Abstraction. How does the brain do this stuff? And, if these processes can break, how can they be restored? In this lecture, we will take a journey through the neuroscience of free will. We will explore the neuroanatomy and neuroimaging of decision-making, review the landmark studies in neuroeconomics, and see how the time-honored practices “working a program” fit with this knowledge. We will also discuss how those of us who care about and for persons in recovery can lend them support and avoid behaviors that undermine their efforts.


This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education created for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE4659.
Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider Number 1S-09-101-0115 for 2 CEH’s

Register Now

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made to KRyan at or 858-724-2123 by October 6, 2013