Classes and Presentations

The Spirit of Paranormal Research — How to be a Solid Researcher

This presentation is basically “Paranormal Research 101,” as it goes over important aspects of paranormal research, including proper protocol and standard operating procedures needed for a successful research experience.  It actually pulls resources from other presentations and serves as a motivator for anyone interested in learning more about paranormal research and investigating the unknown.  Additionally, the SDPRS team discusses the desired attributes and traits of a solid paranormal researcher, while also addressing the not-so-desired traits seen in today’s paranormal field of study.  

Topics include: the tent poles and foundations of a solid paranormal researcher and investigation team, investigation methodology (Photo/audio/video/environmental monitoring); examples of spirit photography / how to examine photographs / the “Great Orb Debate” – how to identify natural versus spirit orbs; types of equipment used in paranormal research; when and when not to investigate (the importance of being healthy, grounded and centered); ways to improve paranormal research and contributions to paranormal study, etc. 

Nicole and SUHI's Paranormal Club group photo after "The Spirit of Paranormal Research" presentation.

Paranormal Investigation 101 — The SDPRS Foundational Model

Join paranormal investigator and researcher, Nicole Strickland, and other SDPRS members, as they share the various techniques of conducting a proper investigation. Topics include: investigation Dos and Don’ts, investigation protocol and stages, initial client contact/interview/report, preliminary investigation and report, investigation process, EVP/ITC and practice, audio/photo/video analysis, review and software, experimental equipment and practice, team debrief and case review, client debrief, classifications of ghosts and hauntings, spirit photography/videography, basic ghost hunter’s kit, power of suggestion and bias, investigation experiments and debunking, working with psychic and demonology consultants, spiritual protection, research techniques, obtaining background research, case management process, how to deal with difficult clients, case referrals.

EVP vs. ITC — Helpful Hints and Suggestions

Nicole Strickland is quite experienced with conducting Electronic Voice Phenomena  and ITC sessions and is currently the EVP Specialist for SDPRS. In this course, she shares tips, strategies and suggestions for implementing EVP / ITC sessions into the investigation. She will also discuss the Dos and Donts of an EVP / ITC session. She also talks about and shares some of her favorite EVPs that she has obtained.  EVP and ITC are not the same.  They are cousins with distinct differences.

Developing a Para Research Team — What You Should Know

Have you ever envisioned yourself running your own paranormal team? Nicole Strickland definitely has.  Nicole and other SDPRS members share the steps and procedures utilized for co-developing the San Diego Paranormal Research Society. Topics include: Standard Operating Procedures/Protocols, team mission statement, relevant forms, administration function, team members, conducting team meetings, case management, investigation permission, investigation principles, team website, etc. This course is a must for those who want to establish and run their own paranormal team. Nicole’s upcoming book about Paranormal Research will discuss this topic more in detail. 

Classification of and Theories for Ghosts and Hauntings

This is an interesting course as it outlines classifications of ghosts and spirits and discusses the various postulated theories for why paranormal activity exists.  Remember, we do NOT have PROOF of the paranormal.  The nice aspect of having theories, is you can experiment and test these theories out.  Having a foundational knowledge of ghosts and the paranormal, will undoubtedly make anyone a more accomplished researcher.

Spirited Queen Mary - Paranormal Happenings aboard the Historic Ship

Nicole offers a unique presentation about the beloved RMS Queen Mary, which braids the ship’s extensive history with her ethereal side and paranormal happenings. In this exciting presentation, Nicole discusses the ship’s most popular spirits; her own paranormal experiences and personal accounts; captured evidence (photo, audio, video, environmental fluctuations) of the paranormal in the ship’s known hotspots, as well as discussing the various theories as to why the Mary is one of the most haunted locations on planet earth.  Nicole has presented about the Queen Mary at various conferences and events, including The San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Meetup Group, Ghost Fest IV on the Queen Mary, Maritime Ghost Conference in San Diego, Troy Taylor’s Haunted America West Coast Conference and at upcoming Haunted Entertainment events. 

Children and the Paranormal

In this presentation, Nicole Strickland and Ali Schreiber discuss how children can be affected by paranormal phenomena. They will also discuss some key child behaviors in children affected by ghostly phenomena. They also discuss the stages of child development and how children are affected by and perceive the paranormal differently in each stage of development. Also included are tips for parents and suggestions for investigators on how to effectively handle a case involving children.

RSVP Instructions and Class Guidelines

  1. Please send an email to [email protected]  
  2. Indicate what class or presentation you’re interested in and why you’re interested in registering for it. 
  3. Classes are booked on an “as-need” basis. Please book at least a week in advance.
  4. Each class costs $30.00 per person.Cash only. RSVP mandatory. 
  5. Classes are conducted in San Diego County. 
  6. Accepted form of payment is cash only, which will need to be paid at the door.
  7. Please notify SDPRS at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel for any reason.
  8. Classes are one to two hours in length.  Scheduling is flexible; however, we normally hold them on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.

We also dispense handouts and written material as well, which offer tips and suggestions for conducting respectful and thorough paranormal research.  If you are interested in booking the SDPRS for your event or conference, please e-mail Nicole Strickland at [email protected] or fill out the contact form below.  Thank you!!!  We look forward to hearing from you!  Happy Hauntings!