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Certificate Program in

Parapsychological Studies


HCH Institute

3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA

                                              (925) 283-3941 or (925) 283-3940
                                 Administrative Hours:   Tuesday-Friday:
10AM - 3PM




HCH Institute is proud to present our new Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies.


This course is registered with the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education is approved for CE Units for MFTs, LCSWs and RNs.


The courses and full program is available for distance learning.  See the HCH website for current details and prices.  See below for basic info.


Parapsychological Studies: The Study of Psychic Phenomena.

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 60 hour course is an 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. 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 for Continuing Education Credit.


If all six courses are taken as a Certificate in Parapsychological Studies, the application, materials, texts, and STRF fees are included in the tuition price of $1000.00

 The Certificate in Parapsychological Studies is a 60 course of study comprised of six separate courses. The course syllabus follows.





Instructor:  Loyd Auerbach, MS  


Course Descriptions (see below for 2005-2006 Schedule and info on distance learning options)


Introduction to Parapsychology: 2.5 hours: $25

This lecture is an overview of and introduction to the terminology, concepts and history of the field of Parapsychology that will be used throughout the program.  Please note that this is a pre-requisite for the Certification courses and will be available several times a year (and after February, on audio CD).  However, students entering the program who already have a grounding in the basic terms and concepts of parapsychology may speak with the instructor and may skip the introductory session if they can demonstrate knowledge of the basics.  This is to avoid having to cover the foundation concepts in each separate course.


PK & Precognition: 15 hours Cost: $225

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 six week 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 mind  bending experience.



Being Psychic:  12 hours Cost: $200        

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.



The Search for Life After Death: 9 hours Cost: $ $150

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.



Theories and Models of Psychic Experience: 6 hours Cost: $100

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. Also,covered, will be the current state-of-the-art of the research in parapsychology.


Parapsychology: The Cross-Over Science:  6 hours  Cost: $100

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.


                    Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal: 
12 hours Cost: $200

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we class 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.


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



2007-2008 Course Schedule will be posted shortly, or go to the HCH website.


Currently, classes will generally be held on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
(unless otherwise noted; we are adding weekend sessions in 2006)
at HCH Institute
, 3702 Mt Diablo Blvd Lafayette, California 94549 (click for map)

(925) 283-3941 or (925) 283-3940
Administrative Hours:
10AM - 3PM






Courses may be taken individually or the six courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Parapsychological Studies. The application fee, tuition, required books and STRF fees are all included in the tuition for the Certificate Program if paid all at one time.  Otherwise, books and fees are in addition to the individual course tuition.




The Certificate program 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, distance learning students
pay full tuition and fees.  Students receive all course CDs (mp3 format),

handouts,  required books, and additional materials.

In addition, distance learning students will be scheduled for a one to two hour
tele-class (via telephone) with the instructor (longer classes get two hours,
shorter classes get 1 hour tele-class).  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.

For each certificate-related course, there will be a short multiple choice test
to ensure the material has been understood by the students.


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


CDs of courses will also be made available at a reduced price for those people
who simply want the information, and do not want to participate in the
Certificate program.  The classes are available on disc in mp3 format.


We are now allowing distance learning students to dial in to a conference call number
during the scheduled class times in order to participate in the live onsite classes as well.


Contact HCH Institute for more information.



HCH Institute, 3702 Mt Diablo Blvd Lafayette, California 94549 (click for map)

(925) 283-3941 or (925) 283-3940
Administrative Hours:
10AM - 3PM





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