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



Thought Leadership at the Cutting Edge 

Focusing on, but not limited to, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Pilate Syndrome™ , Intercontinental Open University operates as a theoretical framework acknowledged by a top ten US medical school . The only institution of its kind worldwide, it is devoted exclusively to spirituality and health, and functions in the person of its Provost and Chief Academic Officer, an inaugural member of the medical school's Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health through which it is accredited regionally and professionally . Providing a full update each month on the latest developments within the field, it cordially invites you , with deep gratitude and arms outstretched, to the most exceptional learning opportunity available anywhere for professional development and personal growth.

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

Protopresbyter Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. 
Past founding communication department Chair , currently Clinical Professor of Palliative Communication
Inaugural Member, Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health 
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Nickas C. Constant (1926-2007)
Director of Marketing, Heublein International, Ltd. 
Consultant

We Look But Do Not See

Pilate Syndrome™

Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, portrays 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 blind spots, those being (1) failure to understand his constituency, and (2) fear of an uprising within it. He accedes to the demands of the populace, and Jesus is executed. Failure to understand, and fear. In Pilate's case, blind spots hastening death. In ours?

To See We Must Understand

The URY Lite™, Bifolocation™ and the Seven-dimensional Audit™

The URY (i.e., User-friendly Research Yield) Lite™ is a 4-item, paired comparison analysis equivalent of a global positioning system, or a cellular triangulation technique, that identifies the BiFo™ (i.e., "Bi" from "Bias", and "Fo" from "Focus"), the necessary precondition for Pilate Syndrome™, situating it through Bifolocation™. Its "Regular" version, the 210-item, Seven-dimensional Audit™ (i.e., Who, What, To Whom, When, Where, How, and Why), identifies the BiFo™ in explicitly specific terms, these being standardized through a candidate's responses to questions of varied "light intensity", that is, of clarifying force, so as to assess rhetorical predisposition toward introducing discourse into an exigent situation. If such predisposition is unfavorable and risky, it can be neutralized, or, if it is favorable and safe, it can be enhanced. Rooted in a seminal 1967 study in biological chemistry, developed in a 1999 doctoral dissertation in communication, and accessible as a 2008 beta version at a poster session during the 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health , the URY Lite™ is available online and free of charge .

Authorizations in Palliative Communication

Licensing (Level 1)
Certification (Level 2)
Accreditation (Level 3)

From Accreditation (Level 3) up to Licensing (Level 1), corresponding qualifications 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 .

Higher Doctorates in Communication

Doctor of Humane Arts (D.H.A.)
Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.)
Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)

Awarded for exceptional achievement in 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 communication is open to petitioners throughout the calendar year, with degree candidates or recipients for 2017 being:

Linda Elaine Vogt Turner (Vancouver, BC - Canada), D.H.A. conferred on June 27, 2017
Michael Frangogiannis (Galatas, Peloponnese - Greece), D.Sc. to be conferred on October 1, 2017

Institute for Open Understanding™

Heartalk® Open Access Defense™ (3 Hours)

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)

Expert Specialists

When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear

Aimed at selecting distinguished individuals from the widest possible range of human endeavor to serve as peer critics at each Heartalk® 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, unremunerated by the university, but whose travel expenses, lodging costs, and meal expenditures are covered by an honorarium advanced from the candidate through the university prior to the scheduled defense.

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