Q. Do classes need to be taken in a particular order? Do I have to finish healing classes before starting mediumship classes or can I take a mix of both?
A. While there are classes with prerequisites, you can mix the two disciplines. See Certification Requirements and Course Description Brochure for prerequisites and preferred order of courses. If you need further assistance to plan a schedule, contact the Director of Education.
Q. Would you recommend taking classes for credit, even if I don’t want certification?
A. Yes, because the required participation is very easy to complete at the time the class is taken. If a student doesn’t complete the requirements, credit for that class cannot be given at a later time.
Q. I’ve changed my mind, and now I want certification. What do I do?
A. Our experience shows that people often change their minds. At this point, the class must be re-taken as credit can’t be given retroactively.
Q. What help is available if I need extra help in a particular area?
A. Contact the Director of Education to discuss your needs. It is possible to set up tutoring or join an ongoing development class to get further practice.
Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to Institute, e.g., cards, pendulums?
A. Contact the Education Office for specific materials required for a particular class. Bring anything you would like to use at the Student Psychic Fair. The Living Tree Bookstore will be open daily during Institute offering a wide selection of new and used spiritual books, classroom supplies, gifts and sundries. Remember to bring suitable clothing for working at the services.
Q. How do I submit my ideas/suggestions for Education?
A. There is a student representative on the Education Committee. Give your ideas to her or send your suggestions directly to the Director of Education. In addition, evaluation forms at the end of each Institute provide space for student input.
Q. Are scholarships available?
A. While there is no scholarship fund, the Education Program occasionally receives private donations to assist qualified students. Qualified students are students currently enrolled and who have been working to finish a certification program.
Q. Is there a student dress code?
A. Classroom attire can be respectfully casual. Appropriate service attire is defined in the student packet as professional business attire.
Q. Do I have to be a member of HGSA to take classes?
A. No, you do not need to be a member to take classes. They are open to seekers over the age of 18. However, you do need to be a member to receive and maintain certification.
Q. If I’m going to be working on the platform, how far in advance should I expect to be told?
A. Always come prepared to work. On any given day you may be asked to serve. Whenever possible, instructors will advise you ahead of time.However, advance notice is not always provided. Wise students heed the following statement in the brochure. It is recommended that all students bring at least one change of clothing that is professional and would be acceptable for platform, healing and/or psychic fair work.
Q. If I need a cabin for Institute, whom do I need to contact?
A. Rev. Dr. Julia Kyle, Director of Education takes Institute Reservations at (818-719-6547) or email. For all other cabin rentals, contact the HGSA office (760) 745-9176.