Parapsychological Studies

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 psychology. So, what is 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. Materials and texts are included in the tuition price of $1,255.00.

The Paraspychological Studies program is not approved for CEU credits.

The Certificate in Parapsychological Studies is a 60 hour course of study comprised of six separate courses (not including the 3 hour Introductory class.) The course syllabus follows.


All classes are "distant learning" only on CD!

Introduction to Parapsychology: 3 hours, $30

(While this is a pre-requistite class for the certificate it may be waived depending upon life experience with parapsychology).
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. 

This 3 hour lecture is intended to provide psychotherapists and others with an overview of experiences people report as psychic and paranormal, from the perspective of the field of Parapsychology, as well as an overview of the jargon, definitions, and research. This lays the groundwork for subsequent courses in the Parapsychological Studies program.

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal: 12 hours, $250. 

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; Psychics in ghost hunting; How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs;
Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach's more exciting cases.

This 12 hour class is a deep introduction and overview meant to teach proper methodologies for field investigation and assessment of people’s environments and experiences, from the perspective of over 130 years of parapsychological field work (with a little psychology, environmental science, and common sense thrown in). For psychotherapists, understanding actual field methods and findings, how and when the scientific method can be applied (and when not), and where the TV shows have gone so wrong will help them deal with any clients who may have either had a paranormal (ghostly) experience or want to follow what they see on TV and do a little ghost hunting themselves.

Additionally, part of the course is directed at actually helping people through their experiences, whether that means simply investigating and finding more normal explanations for their conclusions, understanding, explaining and working through certain experiences from a parapsychological perspective, or providing solid psychological referrals (almost always necessary when there’s any fear or traumatic reaction, even when there are normal explanations).

Precognition & Mind Over Matter: 15 hours, $275

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.

Given the interest the general public has in both precognition and mind over matter, this 15 hour course will provide background for psychotherapists in how people perceive the issue of both predicting the future (something many seem almost obsessed with) and how people come to believe their thoughts may influence the world around them.

Becoming Psychic/Being Psychic: 12 hours, $250

Whether or not you have you had psychic/paranormal experiences, this class can help you discover your psychic potential. Or if you are someone who has had many experiences, this class will help you with understanding those experiences and developing them further, potentially into actual abilities.

This course focuses on the “informational” psychic abilities that have been called Extra-Sensory Perception:  telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition—and touches on sensing/perceiving spirits.  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 scientific research from the early days to the more recent remote viewing and more, attendees will learn about the findings of research on psychic people, and how the findings of parapsychology research leads to a better understanding of the experiences and abilities people have and can develop. We’ll also discuss the role telepathy and clairvoyance play in ghost encounters, hauntings and mediumship.

In class, we’ll do ESP testing and some exercises and techniques geared to help with psychic development. 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 a number of years ago.

Naturally, we’ll take some time to discuss the psychic experiences of attendees.

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

This 12 hour course is intended to provide psychotherapists with an understanding of how ESP relates to ordinary perception, how and why people experience ESP, what kinds of experiences may be confused or misidentified as psychic or paranormal, and basic techniques clients’ often encounter when interested in enhancing their own psychic experiences/abilities.

Life After Death: Experience and Evidence: 9 hours, $200

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.

Billions of people believe in some form of an afterlife, and all polls and surveys of the American people over the last 50 years have indicated a large portion of the population believes they’ve had at least one ghostly or afterlife encounter. For psychotherapists to be able to understand and empathize with their clients’ potential beliefs and experiences, including around grieving, it’s important for them to learn what kinds of experiences people have relating to life after death, and the scientific evidence for and against the underlying concepts of those experiences. This 9 hour class addresses the beliefs, experiences, and research into Survival of Bodily Death, and how such beliefs and experiences can be integrated into people’s lives.

Theories and Models of Psychic Experience: 6 hours, $150

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.

In this 6 hour class, students will review the importance of theories and models in scientific fields, and the range of theories/models of psychic experience and phenomena, including those coming from neuroscience, psychology, and physics. Psychotherapists will be better armed to discuss concepts clients’ have been exposed to when looking into the “how” and “why” of self-identified psychic experiences.

Psychic Culture Clash: (formerly Parapsychology: The Crossover Science) 6 hours, $150

In this 6 hour class, psychotherapists will be presented with two areas of great importance in working with clients’ reported psychic experiences: how parapsychology relates to psychology and other fields of academic/scientific study, and how psi is experienced and reported (and explained) in a variety of cultures around the world as well as in popular culture.

How do psychic abilities manifest differently in different cultures?

How are Magic, Witchcraft, and Sorcery beliefs tied in to psychic experiences and abilities?

Does Religion play a role?

How do psychic experiences fit in (or not fit in) to mainstream models of the Mind and Behavior?

Is Quantum Physics really relevant to understanding psychic experiences or Consciousness?

Why does Western Mainstream Science react with such negativity to even the idea that psychic abilities might exist?

This short course addresses the questions above and covers the place of Parapsychology in the spectrum of all fields of Science with a particular focus on cross-cultural concepts and magic, witchcraft and sorcery beliefs. We'll look at why the academic culture of Western Mainstream Science has such issues with parapsychology and psychic phenomena, especially in light of how parapsychologists have contributed to other fields, and how the concepts, theories and research of other fields have impacted how parapsychologists have worked since the beginnings of the field in the 19th Century.

  • All seven courses must be taken to fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Parapsychological Studies.
  • Courses can be taken and paid for individually.
  • The Parapsychology Certificate program is also available on CD. All courses have been audio-taped, live. This includes lectures, discussion and questions/answers between students and the instructor.
  • 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. 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.


Loyd Auerbach

Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations. Paranormal Research Organization, Adjunct Professor, JFK University, Rhine Research Center Advisory Board member.

Loyd Auerbach has been in and around Parapsychology since his teenage years. After gaining his M.S. in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University in northern California in 1981, he worked as Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society for Psychical Research in New York City. He came back to the Bay Area and has been on faculty at JFK University since 1983, and founded the Office of Paranormal Investigations officially in 1989 (though he had already been conducting investigations for 10 years). He is a Past President of the California Society for Psychical Study and was a long-time contributor and columnist for FATE Magazine (1991-2004). He is on the advisory board of the Rhine Research Center, and is a member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration.

He holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in Parapsychology from JFK University. He has worked as a consultant on the paranormal for organizations in the field of Parapsychology, as well as for a variety of media. For the latter, he has consulted on a number of TV series and shows, including the Travel Channels Americas Most Haunted Places.

He is the author of several books and audio CDs. His most recent books A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium (Atriad Press, 2005), and two from Ronin Publishing in 2004, Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal and Hauntings and Poltergeists: The Ghost Hunters Guide.

His first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologists Handbook was named the "Sacred Text" on Ghosts by NEWSWEEK in 1996. He was co-producer for and appears on camera in the video documentary The Haunting of the USS Hornet.