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Distance Learning Parapsychological Studies at HCH Institute is proud to present the HCH Institute's Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies. This course is registered with the State of California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. No matter where you live, you can take the courses via our distance learning program.

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Parapsychological Studies: The Study of Psychic Phenomena

This 60-hour course is an overview of the field of Parapsychology, and the main areas of research and investigation: ESP, PsychoKinesis (mind over matter), and Survival of Bodily Death. Included will be a general discussion of where the field came from, where the major centers of research are today, and where the field might be headed.

Click here for more information about the instructor, Loyd Auerbach

Course titles are: Students will have an opportunity to review some of the basic research in the field and to apply the theories and applications to their current helping profession or to pursue parapsychological field investigations on their own. All courses may be taken individually, and are approved for California CE Units for MFTs, LCSWs and RNs.

The Certificate in Parapsychological Studies is a 60-hour course of study comprised of seven separate courses. The course descriptions follow.

Prices of individual courses are below. If all seven courses are taken as a Certificate in Parapsychological Studies, the certification fee, materials, texts, and STRF fees are included in the tuition price of $1000.00.

Courses are offered via the Distance Learning program or you can take them in person if you live close to HCH, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, California.

A slight discount is available if students already own the books, and this amount will be refunded to students after registration (refund is dependent on which of the books students already own). Cost of books/texts are not included when courses are taken individually.

Course Descriptions and Cost

Introduction to Parapsychology: 3 hours / $25.00

Contrary to what so many believe, the field of Parapsychology studies much more than ghosts and hauntings. Parapsychologists are generally not very psychic (and psychics are rarely parapsychologists). Parapsychology is not "paranormal psychology." So, what's the field all about? Just who are the parapsychologists and what do they do?

This lecture is meant as an introduction and overview to the field of Parapsychology, and the main areas of research and investigation: ESP, PsychoKinesis (mind over matter), and Survival of Bodily Death. Included will be a general discussion of where the field came from, where the major centers of research are today, and where the field might be headed.

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal: 12 hours / $200.00

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as "ghostly": Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things: a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to ghost hunting, and attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences. The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they're involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;

What else can make a "ghost"; The investigative process, from initial call to resolution;

Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting; How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs; Psychic potential for investigators; The ethics of paranormal investigating; How his investigations have affected Auerbach's own personal outlook on life;

The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator absolutely needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions - and to understand the "why" of the phenomena.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach's more exciting cases.

The Search for Life After Death: 9 hours / $150.00

Do we survive the death of our bodies? Is there Life after Death? What is the evidence?

This seminar will cover the search for evidence of Survival of Bodily Death from the earliest psychical researchers to parapsychologists of today. With an eye towards the evidence garnered - and the research and investigations methods to gather it -- the class covers topics such as ghosts, mediumship, near death experiences, electronic voice phenomena, out of body experiences, reincarnation and psychic experience says about whether we live on in some fashion after the deaths of our bodies.

Some time will also be spent discussing the recent research of Gary Schwartz, working with psychic mediums at the University of Arizona and the work of the Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia in Reincarnation and Apparition research.

The importance of ESP and PK in any model of Survival will be discussed.

The class will also look at the debate regarding evidence for Survival vs. the Super-Psi hypothesis from the perspective of the Survival proponents.

Being Psychic: 12 hours / $200.00

With an overview of how psychic abilities show up in people's experiences the world over, this class/seminar focuses on the "informational" psychic abilities that have been called Extra-Sensory Perception: telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition. We'll discuss how these abilities show up in people's experiences, both those of the average person and the ostensibly more "talented" psychics.

With discussion of parapsychological research from the early days to the more recent remote viewing, ganzfeld, and staring studies, attendees will also learn the evolution of research methods in the laboratory, and what parapsychological researchers have discovered with regard to personality, physiological and belief variables.

We'll discuss how these abilities are experienced and accepted or rejected in various cultures around the world, and the major part Belief plays in having and developing ESP. We'll also discuss the major debate in Parapsychology dealing with Survival (of Bodily Death) vs. Super-Psi as conceptual explanations for a variety of ghostly and after-death experiences.

Psychic development will be addressed and some techniques passed along. Basic philosophy behind "being psychic" will be discussed, as well as a primary focus on immense part that Belief plays.

We'll also discuss the role telepathy and clairvoyance play in ghost encounters, hauntings and mediumship.

We'll discuss how these abilities are experienced and accepted or rejected in various cultures around the world, and the major part Belief plays in having and developing ESP. We'll also discuss the major debate in Parapsychology dealing with Survival (of Bodily Death) vs. Super-Psi as conceptual explanations for a variety of ghostly and after-death experiences.

We'll take some time to try a few more experiential situations.

We'll conduct some clairvoyance and remote viewing "tests" as well as play a few telepathy and psychometry games based somewhat on the instructor's experience of a TV game show that was in development for the Game Show Network in 2002 (that show currently in limbo, it seems).

Finally, there will be discussion of how to assess psychic readings and even the backgrounds of self-professed psychics, parapsychologists, and paranormal investigators.

PK & Precognition: 15 hours / $225.00

MIND, MATTER AND TIME: How Our Psychic Abilities Affect the World Around Us, Pierce the Veil of Time and Help Create the Future. In this sixweek course, Loyd Auerbach will discuss two fascinating psychic abilities, Psychokinesis (mind over matter) and Precognition. In addition, he'll delve into theories of Time and Space that connect Psychokinesis (PK) and Precognition.

In relation to PK, he'll delve into: what parapsychologists and many others know today about PK, how it manifests itself, and how it hints at the broader interconnectedness between our consciousnesses and the Universe around us.

There will be an experiential PK segment to this class, working with a method for PK developed by the late (great) science and science fiction writer Martin Caidin,, himself capable of PK.

As for Precognition, Auerbach will cover questions such as: Can anyone really predict the Future? How? Is there really a Future that can be predicted? What is Time? Can we change the Future? Why do so many psychics miss on their predictions? What about the premonitions of the average person?

Parapsychologists have evidence that precognition exists. Research indicates that people can predict some future events, but not all. Sometimes precognition works well, and sometimes not.

Loyd Auerbach will discuss a variety of theories of Time and Timelines especially in the context of our apparent ability to predict the Future. He'll cover the varied ways precognitive information pops up in our lives and some of the interesting research in Parapsychology. He'll discuss conclusions reached by researchers about the nature of our ability to foretell the future.

Finally, there will be a focus on a conundrum in parapsychology: Do we predict the future or cause it to come into being with a little help from our PK? If the former, how do we use this information to shape our own personal Futures?

If the latter, what does that say about our beliefs and expectations, and how all humanity consciously and unconsciously shapes the Future? Join us for what will be a mindbending experience.

Note: Materials for the above class include exclusive video of a PK workshop.

Theories and Models of Psychic Experience: 6 hours / $100.00

This short course covers basic models of how psychic abilities seem to work, what apparitions and hauntings are, and a survey of theories that might (or might not) explain it all.

In part one, research findings that connect to how psi might work are reviewed and discussed. In part two, theoretical perspectives on psi are reviewed and discussed, including electromagnetic, space-time, quantum entanglement, and others. Also discussed will be explanations of psi experiences and abilities of a more normal kind, such as perceptual errors, fraud, and neurological constructs.

Parapsychology: The Cross-Over Science: 6 hours / $100.00

This short course covers how and why the field of Parapsychology pulls from so many other fields of Science. With discussion of the connections to Social Science (particularly Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology) and Physical Science (mainly Physics, with a touch of Cosmology), the class will look at how the knowledge base, research and investigation methods, theories, philosophy, and speculation have impacted how parapsychologists have conducted both their in-laboratory research and out of lab field investigations since the beginnings of the field in the 19th Century.

A great emphasis will be placed on cross-cultural beliefs, practices, and perspectives on psychic experiences/phenomena and abilities, especially those stemming from religion and supernatural belief systems.

Distance Learning

HCH Institute, Lafayette, California

The Certificate program or individual classes may be taken via a distance learning option. All courses have been audio-taped, live. This includes lectures, discussion and questions/answers between students and the instructor.

To participate in the distance learning option for the certification program, students pay full tuition and fees. Students receive all course materials on DVD-Rom (CD-Rom is available on request), which includes mp3 format of class audio, handouts, required books, and additional materials. Additional materials for some classes include video and additional audio.

Individual courses are available without entering the program.

In addition, distance learning students will be scheduled for a one to two hour tele-class (via telephone) with the instructor per course. In this way, students will still be able to interact and ask questions of the instructor without having to be in the classroom. Naturally, students may interact via email as well. Teleclass time allotted for the courses is the following:
  • 2 hours: Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal
  • 1 hour: The Search for Life After Death
  • 2 hours: Being Psychic
  • 2 hours: PK & Precognition: Mind, Matter & Time
  • 1 hour: Theories and Models of Psychic Experience: How It Might Work
  • 1 hour: Parapsychology: The Cross-Over Science
Note: No teleclass time for the Intro course.

Distance learning students are invited to participate by conference call (via an in-classroom speakerphone) in the live class sessions as they are held at HCH (generally Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 PM Pacific time, though on occasion a course may be offered over a weekend). This is not a requirement for certification however, nor is there any additional charge (other than your own phone bill).

Courses may be taken in any order (after the Introduction course, which students can opt-out of if they can demonstrate basic knowledge of the terminology/concepts of Parapsychology).

For each certificate-related course, attending the additional teleclasses and interacting with the instructor will ensure the material has been understood by the students.

Distance-learning students completing the entire program will be entitled to the same Certificate received by local students attending in-person.

Schedule of the classes as presented on-site in Lafayette, CA, can be found at

Note: No financial aid is currently available. Students needing to pay over time are encouraged to purchase courses separately, when they are able.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
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Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014