Intercontinental Open University

Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Duke University School of Medicine


With special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of Pilate Syndrome™ , a behavioral predisposition toward debilitating communicative performance when administering palliative care, Intercontinental Open University operates as a theoretical framework acknowledged by the Duke University School of Medicine, a top ten US medical school . The only institution of its kind, it is devoted exclusively to spirituality and health , and functions through the person of its Provost and Chief Academic Officer, an inaugural member of the medical school's Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health whereby it is accredited regionally and professionally . Providing a full update each month on the latest developments within the field, it is with deep gratitude that Intercontinental Open University cordially invites you, for whom the arms of the Theotokos  remain outstretched , to the most exceptional learning opportunity available anywhere for professional development and personal growth.


Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, portrays Pontius Pilate, Roman military governor, or procurator, of the imperial province of Judea from 26 to 36, as a harsh administrator who fails to understand the religious convictions and national pride of the Jews. Though he had complete judicial authority over all non-Roman citizens, many cases, particularly those relating to religious matters, were decided by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish supreme council and tribunal. Gospel accounts relate that after the Sanhedrin, lacking authority to impose the death penalty, finds Jesus guilty of blasphemy, it commits Him to the Roman court. Pilate refuses to approve the judgment without an investigation. The Jewish priests further accuse Jesus, and Pilate questions Him privately. Impressed with the dignity and frankness of Jesus' answers, Pilate tries to save Him but succumbs to two mutually influencing blind spots, failure to understand his constituency, and fear of an uprising within it, the two preconditions necessary for Pilate Syndrome™. He accedes to the demands of the populace, and Jesus is executed.

Failure and fear, the two mutually influencing preconditions necessary for Pilate Syndrome™, can be diagnosed with the 4-item URY™ , the paired comparison equivalent of a global positioning system. Once diagnosed, their clinical state can be determined with the 210-item Seven-dimensional Audit™, grounded in the operative hypothesis formulated as AO = PO − Lfiv + Giv (Constantopoulos, 1999, p. 19) , which enables subjects to answer forced-choice questions of varied light intensity (Constantopoulos and Bloch, 1967), each intended to convey a fractional predilection for introducing discourse into an exigent situation. If the predilections collectively result in high-risk bias, that bias can be neutralized. In this way, failure and fear, not as much a "response" to two aspects of the same set of phenomena (Constantopoulos, 1970), as they are a reaction to them, can be treated and, if diagnosed at an early stage, reversed or even prevented.

Programs & Faculty

Authorization in Palliative Communication / Higher Doctorate in Palliative Communication

From Accreditation (Elementary), to Certification (Intermediate), to Licensing (Advanced), corresponding authorizations in palliative communication are granted following a minimum of three, six or twelve months, respectively, of supervised, monitored, restorative conversation with patients or residents at an approved medical facility or in a home environment, be that interactive involvement salaried or voluntary, with Accreditation culminating in a required 90-minute multiple-choice test, Certification culminating in a required 3-hour, comprehensive, written examination, and Licensing culminating in a required face-to-face, peer reviewed, capstone encounter by an assessment panel specially convened for that purpose, all three qualifications aiming to help the candidate develop level-appropriate skills that transform deficient communication into proficient communication. Given exceptional achievement in, but following an Open Access Defense™ of, any creative (D.H.A.), scholarly (Litt.D.) or applied scientific (Sc.D.) aspect, respectively, of communication with emphasis in spirituality and health, the higher doctorate in palliative communication is open to, and conferred upon, petitioners at any point throughout the calendar year.

Tested, Examined, Assessed or Critiqued by the Best

Aimed at selecting distinguished individuals from the widest possible range of human endeavor to serve as testers, examiners, or assessment panelists for authorizations, or as peer critics for the Open Access Defense™, the university chooses the most appropriate, most accessible, and most available professionals, from among a loosely knit group of expert specialists, scattered throughout the world, who earnestly are willing to exercise their knowledge by providing insightful feedback to the benefit of the candidate. Chosen invitees, each a thought leader within a specific area of interest, are honorary members of the faculty, and are not paid by the university. Their travel expenses, lodging costs, and meal expenditures are covered by a non-refundable honorarium advanced by the candidate through the university at least thirty days prior to the scheduled test, examination, capstone encounter or Open Access Defense™.

Open Access Defense™

Opening and Welcome (5 minutes)
Introduction of Peer Critics (5 minutes)
Introduction of Candidate (5 minutes)
Candidate Keynote Address (15 minutes)
Candidate Demonstration Project (45 minutes)
Questions and Answers (15 minutes)
Break (10 minutes)
Peer Critiques (30 minutes - 3 critiques, 10 minutes each)
Candidate Response (5 minutes)
Peer Critic Replies (15 minutes - 3 replies, 5 minutes each)
Candidate Feedback (10 minutes)
Audience Poll / Candidate-completed Seven-dimensional Audit™ (15 minutes)
Final Comments (5 minutes)
Audit Result, Poll Result, Conferral of Degree If Substantiated, Closing (10 minutes)


As with chosen invitees' travel expenses, lodging costs, and meal expenditures, all of which are covered by a non-refundable honorarium advanced by the candidate through the university at least thirty days prior to the scheduled test, examination, capstone encounter or defense, tuition, which is negotiable, mutually acceptable per contract, and non-refundable, is paid at least thirty days prior the start of whichever program.


George C. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. , Retired
Lead author  for 1964 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Konrad E. Bloch 
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
President (honoris causa) and Founding Director

Rev. Fr.  Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. 
Founding Chair (1998), Department of Communication, University of Indianapolis (Athens) 
Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Clinical Professor of Palliative Communication 
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Inaugural Member, Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health 
Reviewer, Recent Advances in Biology and Medicine 

Nickas C. Constant (1926-2007)
Director Emeritus of Grants and Scholarships  (In Memoriam: "Poor Freeport Boy Gets Black Velvet Scholarship" in The Tribune - July 15, 1973)
Marketing Director, Heublein International, Ltd. 


Recent Graduates

Congratulations to our two most recent degree recipients:
Linda Elaine Vogt Turner from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), awarded the Doctor of Humane Arts degree on June 27, 2017
Michael Frangogiannis from Galatas, Peloponnese (Greece), awarded the Doctor of Science degree on October 1, 2017

Conference Invitation

It gives us great pleasure to announce the selection of our Provost and Chief Academic Officer, C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D., who, upon submission of an abstract, has been invited to present a paper, based on his ongoing research, entitled "End-of-life Care As Timeless Presence" at the 1st Global Conference: The End of Life Experience - Dying, Death and Culture in the 21st Century . As expressed by the Joint Organizing Chairs of Progressive Connexions, they are " . . . pleased to let [him] know that [his] proposal has been accepted for presentation at [the conference] . . . to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from Saturday 17th March 2018 – Sunday 18th March 2018. [They] look forward to meeting [him] and engaging with the wealth of knowledge, experience and insight that [his] contribution will bring!" Read the abstract. 


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