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Education and Training in Parapsychology and Paranormal Investigation

Currently there are no accredited universities or colleges in the United States that offer degree programs in parapsychology. There are, however, a small number of quality educational and training resources available for those interested in learning more about parapsychology.

A short article about getting started in paranormal investigation can be found here.

Here are a list of resources which you might find helpful (listed in no specific order):

Pima Community College
Psychology Class PSY224 Investigating Paranormal Psychology
Classroom Course
Instructor: Everist, W G
http://www.pima.edu/

"Survey of experiments and case studies in paranormal phenomena. Includes extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, and reports of near-death experiences. Also includes research methodologies and potential applications."

Prerequisite(s): Recommendation: Completion of PSY 100A or 101 before enrolling in this course. Offered: Fall, Summer.


Rhine Education Center
Professional Education in Parapsychology
Online Courses
http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org

The Rhine Education Center is the a division of the Rhine Research Center and offers both an Introduction course and Special Topics course. Classes are presented by leading experts in the field
. See their website for current courses and prices.



Koestler Parapsychology Unit
An Introduction to Parapsychology
Online Course
Course Leader: Dr Caroline Watt
http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk/teachingDistanceLearning.html

"This short course is taught entirely online and is open to anyone regardless of geographical location. It is a non-accredited course, meaning that there is no formal assessment or qualification gained, though regular participation is expected for award of the certificate. The programme consists of a 'familiarisation' week, followed by ten weekly modules covering key topics in parapsychology. The course aims to provide a balanced approach and stimulate critical thinking on each topic."



The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
Near-Death Experiences: An Online Educational Course
Free Online Course
http://www.iands.org/education/educational_credits/ceu-course-home.html

"You are welcome to take this course with or without CEU credits. This self-guided audiovisual course will be an experience you will not forget. After an introduction that summarizes decades of research at major universities and health care centers, you will hear people who have had near-death experiences speak for themselves. You will learn from them, in their own voices, about the typical motifs that occur in NDEs and what it feels like to experience them. This is the next best thing to being in a room with a group of experiencers to hear first-hand what it is like to have an NDE. The course takes a little over one hour to complete."



HCH Institute
Parapsychological Studies: The Study of Psychic Phenomena
Local and Distance Learning Program
Course Leader: Loyd Auerbach, MS
http://www.hypnotherapytraining.com/parapsych.cfm

"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."



The Windbridge Institute
Video Introduction to Modern Mediumship Research
Free Online Program
Julie Beischel, PhD
http://www.windbridge.org/introtalk.htm

"Windbridge Institute Director of Research, Julie Beischel, PhD, presented the talk at the 2009 Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) meeting in Charlottesville, VA. This talk is an excellent introduction to modern mediumship research at the Windbridge Institute."


Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research (AIPR)
Certificates in Parapsychology
Distance Learning Program - Self-Paced
Course Leader: Dr. Lance Strom
http://aiprinc.org/courses.asp

"These courses give students an education in the field of parapsychology by providing a comprehensive understanding and awareness of claims of, and evidence for, paranormal phenomena. The main aim of these courses is to instill in students an orientation towards parapsychology that gives them the capacity to: acquire and apply knowledge relevant to a range of areas in parapsychology; appreciate the necessity of applying scientific principles to parapsychological studies; understand the problems faced by researchers in the study of paranormal phenomena; and engage in critical thinking and objective evaluation of parapsychological research findings and other paranormal claims."


Mentoring for Paranormal Investigators and Ghost Hunters
Loyd Auerbach
http://mindreader.com/category/coaching-mentoring/

"Loyd Auerbach will be offering mentoring for individuals and groups/teams of investigators and ghost hunters beginning September 2012.

Rather than formal set courses, this mentoring will take the form of a program (or one time sessions) allowing people who investigate paranormal activity and haunted locations or go on ghost hunts to discuss and gain guidance where needed on their specific cases, as well as their methodologies, equipment and evidence with an active parapsychologist who specializing in field investigations."


Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment
Mentored eGroups
Distance Learning - Self-Paced
Classes on a range of topic related to psi and psi ability
http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/egroups.aspx

"Each week, the mentor, someone well versed in the current eGroup topic, posts a lesson, usually containing written and audio-streamed materials. There are also experiential exercises designed to deepen your understanding of the concepts that have been presented in the lesson. After working with the material and exercises, members of the group are encouraged, but not required, to post questions and comments about their experiences for the mentor and group members to read and respond to. eGroups are perfect for people with busy schedules. There are no specific times you mustbe online to participate."

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