Modern Mediumship Program Offered


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Jamestown Community College

An information night for a non-credit modern mediumship program will be held from 6:15-7:15 p.m. on February 16 at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk.
ndividuals are asked to preregister for the session by calling 363.6500.
The program was developed by Susan Barnes, Ph.D. of Lily Dale, who holds a doctorate in communication, and Lauren Thibodeau, Ph.D. of West Ellicott, who has a doctorate in counseling and an MBA and is a licensed professional counselor.
Barnes and Thibodeau are also skilled psychic mediums. Barnes is certified through the Spiritualist National Union in England, and teaches online through its international affiliate, SNUi. Thibodeau has been a registered medium at Lily Dale Assembly since 1996 and has taught programs locally, online, and internationally since 1994.
Both women have taught college courses in traditional settings as well. Barnes has authored eight books in the field of communications, while Thibodeau has written two books about intuition and mediumship.
“We approached JCC because we want to provide comprehensive mediumship training in the historical heart of Spiritualism — Chautauqua County — but with a 21st century twist,” Thibodeau said. “We want people to understand the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ of the techniques we’ll be teaching.”
A certificate of completion for modern mediumship will be issued after successful completion of four six-week non-credit courses, two supervised eight-week practice experiences, and a capstone project.
The program is designed to be completed in as little as 12 to 15 months, but students also may elect to take individual courses without enrolling in program.
“Our goal is to provide training that focuses on the philosophy underlying modern mediumship, as well as on the skill sets that good mediums develop, at an affordable price,” Barnes said.
Tuition for each six-week course is $349. Tuition for each practica is $469.
The first course in the program, History of Spiritualism, meets from 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m. March 3 through April 7 at JCC’s North County Center.
For details on the modern mediumship program, call 363.6500 or visit