New for local (Bay Area) or Distance Learners! Note: when offered live at HCH Institute or other locations in the Bay Area, these classes can be attended via audio/phone. In addition, if there is interest, I can start offering these courses via video/web conferencing.
Please contact me (Loyd Auerbach) at email@example.com with any questions and your interest.
This new Certificate program, designed and taught by Loyd Auerbach, will take you and your skills from that of a mere “ghost hunter” to a paranormal investigator with an exceptional knowledge base of:
- How to investigate scientifically (and when science has nothing to do with it)
- How to best deal with potential clients (living and dead), including the publicly haunted sites and private homeowners
- How to best assess both the evidence gathered from technology and the technology itself, and how to (and how much you can) apply that evidence to understanding what’s going on, supporting the reality of the phenomena, and helping the clients when appropriate
- How to best assess psychics and mediums (and other sensitives), how to work with them in investigations, and how to assess and apply the evidence they provide
- Theories and Models of Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists in-depth, and how to deal with each of these types of phenomena/experiences.
- How to deal with reported psychic attack and possession or spirit attachment and techniques of psychic protection
- And more…
Classes that are part of this program are:
- Advanced Ghost Hunting: three courses (I, II, and III)
- Apparitions: In-Depth
- Poltergeists: In-Depth
- Hauntings: In-Depth
- Case Assessments: What’s Paranormal and What’s Normal in the Case?
- Mediumship: Explorations and Evidence
- Psychic Attack, Possession & Psychic Protection
- Ghost Hunting with Psychics & Mediums
Students wishing to take the “Advanced Ghost Hunting” classes (with that title) must have done one of the following.
1) Taken the HCH Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal course OR
2) Taken Loyd Auerbach’s Field Investigations course offered through the Rhine Education Center. OR
3) Taken and passed Loyd Auerbach’s Investigator’s quiz (which you can get from Loyd Auerbach) OR
4) Established yourself with Loyd Auerbach as knowledgeable in parapsychological field investigation methodology and basic concepts and models of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists.
Other classes in this series can be taken without the prerequisites (though the Intro to Parapsychology class offered by HCH Institute is highly recommended)
The information for the individual courses is as follows:
Advanced Ghost Hunting (12 hours in 4 weekly meetings): This course takes the next steps past basic ghost hunting/paranormal investigations knowledge. In this course, students will:
- Delve deeper into the field investigations methodologies and models of the phenomena in Parapsychology.
- Delve deeper into dealing with clients (living and dead) during investigations, resolutions and follow-up.
- Delve deeper into the investigation of public-haunts vs. private homes.
- Delve deeper into sorting through evidence, and look at how/when technology, including EVP, and psychics/mediums fit best into both private home and public site investigations.
Advanced Ghost Hunting II (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings) : This course continues the more advanced/next step knowledge for investigations into the paranormal. It will cover
- Psychology, Mis-Perception in and “Normal” (though Unusual) Explanations and
- Applying Parapsychology’s Laboratory Research to Field Investigations
Prerequisites: same as the above course. Advanced Ghost Hunting II may be taken before the primary Advanced Ghost Hunting class.
Advanced Ghost Hunting III (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings): This course continues the advanced/next step knowledge and focuses on the use of technology:
- Visual Tech
- Sound Tech
- Environmental Tech
Prerequisites: same as the above course. Advanced Ghost Hunting III may be taken before the primary Advanced Ghost Hunting class.
Apparitions: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one session class focuses on all forms of apparitions – a.k.a. ghost. We’ll look at apparitions seemingly projected by the living, crisis apparitions, apparitions seen by people on their deathbed, and of course, apparitions of the dead. We’ll examine some “best cases” and look at explanations and theories of apparitions of the dead. Illustrated with lots of ghost stories from the work of Loyd Auerbach (and of course, from other parapsychologists). We’ll discuss the importance of discerning whether a “ghost” in a case is a conscious entity or a residual/psychic imprint. Finally, we’ll cover how to potentially communicate with and best deal with apparitions in investigations.
Hauntings: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one-evening session will look at the long history of haunted places and objects and why psychical researchers and parapsychologists have separated them into their own category different from apparitions. Learn about the models of hauntings, from psychic imprinting to the British “stone tape theory” to geophysical possibilities.
We’ll also delve into specific haunting cases, including a few from the casebooks of the instructor, Loyd Auerbach and several of his colleagues. We’ll consider how sometimes phenomena can be mixed (hauntings and apparitions together), and even how a haunting can cause a poltergeist situation. Finally, for those investigating haunting, apparition, and poltergeist cases, we’ll talk about resolving cases of hauntings and how and why haunting resolutions are so different from the others.
Poltergeists: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): The term “poltergeist” translates to “noisy ghost,” which is how 16th Century Germans saw the particular physical phenomena when they coined the term. Beginning in the early 20th Century and by the 1950s–based on hundreds of case investigations and research studies–parapsychologists formed a new model: living agent psychokinesis (PK). Learn why this model holds up so well, how it helps us resolve the situations and how it connects to lab research on PK.
Also considered is PK caused by apparent apparitions/entities, how the activity and experiences differ, and why apparitional PK activity is no longer called “poltergeist activity” here in the US. Finally, we look at the how the living-agent distinction is not necessarily made in other parts of the world, such as the UK, and what recent analyses of activity in cases has revealed.
With some focus on the work of the late William G. Roll, who formalized the model used for living agent PK.
Case Assessments: What’s Paranormal and What’s Normal in the Case? (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one session class will cover how to look at a case, from initial contact with the client through the on-site investigation (should one be done) with an eye on “diagnosing” what reported events are indeed paranormal, what events have more normal explanations, and how various forms of paranormal activity (with different causes) can show up in the same case. We’ll also discuss how to assess potential clients for truthfulness, sincerity, motivation and mental state.
Mediumship: Explorations and Evidence (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings): This two session class looks deeply into the history, practice, beliefs, claims and evidence of Mediumship, both physical and mental/psychic. History of mediumship, with focus on the rise of Spiritualism and Psychical Research, is covered as well as the main research and findings since the mid-1800s, focusing on the recent surge in interest in mediums as well as the new research with spirit mediums. We’ll consider the difference between psychics and mediums, and how to tell the difference – and what each talent might be good for in various kinds of investigations. Includes discussion of opening up as a medium and learning to control one’s mediumistic abilities.
Psychic Attack , Possession & Psychic Protection (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one-shot class takes a look at the evidence for and against possession (by spirits and demons), how this is related to channeling and mediumship, to spirit attachment, and the difference between possession and psychic attack. How can one discern what’s going on in situations that might be called possession, psychic attack, ESP gone wrong, psychological disturbance or just plain mistaken perception? What can an investigator do? Or an exorcist? Or even a shaman?
There is discussion of the pluses and minuses of spirit communications practices, from the “dreaded” Ouija Board (and why it has a bad rap) to automatic writing to EVP and the use of K2 and other meters and flashlights. Finally, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach directly addresses techniques for psychic protection and self-defense as well as getting rid of bad energy/entities.
Ghost Hunting with Psychics & Mediums (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): In this special one-shot session you will find out how psychics/mediums and parapsychologists approach investigations of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists differently, how they each apply the knowledge and skills they have to cases, and how they work together as a true team. Also discussed was how to assess a psychic/medium for and in investigations.
If you’re interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a group interested in taking any or all of these courses and are not in the Bay Area, do contact me as I can arrange for a video/web conference version to suit your group.
If you have a Bay Area room/space for a small group to take the courses on the weekends, again, contact me and we’ll see if we can work something out.