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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 began his professional life in the performing arts and is now a practicing psychotherapist, author, educator, and Clinical Science Director and Managing Editor at the Science of Psychotherapy. Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) achieving a B.A. majoring in linguistics, followed by 3 Masters Degrees in Social Ecology, Education, and Brain and Mind Sciences and is now a PhD candidate researching the nature of the person-responsive approach in therapy. His latest book is co-authored with Matthew Dahlitz, The Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Psychotherapy. Richard enjoyed the good fortune to be mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi, PhD who introduced the field of Psychosocial Genomics and is a member of the international research team that studies the impact of therapeutic practice on the genetic level. Richard co-authored The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands with Rossi. His main theoretical proposals concern – The Winner-Loser World Theory; the Curiosity Approach: and the Possibility Solution – which are explored in his numerous books and book chapters. Richard is active internationally including his role as Science Director for CIPPS college in Salerno, Italy, and course consultant at the University Fernando Pessoa in Portugal. He is also Patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hynotherapists.