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This course is worth 2 hours of continuing education

About This Course

Richard Hill takes us through a fascinating look at dopamine in the brain – the systems and the implications for mental health in general but also schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease in particular. In the final unit of this course Richard talks about the role of dopamine in addiction from a neurobiological perspective. There is a lot to absorb in this course with an hour and a half of video content, and an allowance of 30 min to look at the PDFs and answer the questions.

  • 3 part video lecture by Richard Hill

  • Short online quiz after each video to test your learning

  • 2 hour certificate of completion

  • Learn the basic dopaminergic systems

  • Learn about the important role dopamine plays in schizophernia

  • Learn about the role of dopamine in Parkinson’s disease and therapeutic considerations

  • The neurobiological implications of dopamine in addiction

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • About This Course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    The Dangers of Dopamine Part 1

    • Part 1 Video Lesson

    • Part 1 Slides

    • Part 1 Quiz

  • 3

    The Dangers of Dopamine Part 2

    • Part 2 Video Lesson

    • Part 2 Slides

    • Part 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Dopamine and Addiction

    • Addiciton Video

    • Dopamine and Addiction Slides

    • Dopamine and Addiciton Quiz

    • Before you go...


Chief Education Director

Richard Hill

Richard Hill has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become an innovative speaker on the mind, brain and the human condition. From a satisfying, if not quite famous, early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; an MEd in Social Ecology; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University. Richard is also fortunate to be mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi PhD who has invited Richard into the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Team to study the impact of therapeutic practice on the genetic level. His fascination with the disturbing problem of stress and anxiety has resulted in his unique theory – The Winner-Loser World Theory – and the positive positive counterpoint – The Curiosity Approach: which highlights our Curiosity for Possibility. These theories revolutionize the way we deal with stress and anxiety and how we approach standard therapeutic practices. Richard’s books include a collection of inspirational short stories in Choose Hope and his explication of his Winner/Loser World Theory in How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy! In addition, he is published in various journals and magazines around the world and in book chapters, including Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health, published worldwide. His latest book is co-authored with his mentor, Ernest Rossi, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands.