Intercontinental Open University

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

  • On behalf of this fourfold uniqueness among institutions of higher learning, I welcome you, with deep gratitude and an outstretched hand, to nothing less than the most exceptional opportunity available anywhere for professional development and personal growth.
  • C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D.
  • President & Chief Academic Officer
  • Clinical Professor of Palliative Communication
  • Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies



There's a Bit of Pilate in Us All

We Look But Do Not See

Without a doubt, "... the wages of sin is death."1 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 -- failure to understand his constituency, and 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 our's?



1Romans 6:23 (KJV)

Bifolocation™

The URY™

Whether "regular" or "lite", the User-friendly Research Yield™ or URY™, as it is called by its acronym, is a pairwise comparative equivalent of a global positioning system or a cellular triangulation technique, whereby the "bifo" (i.e., the "bi" from "bias", and the "fo" from "focus") is surveyed, measured, located and identified so as to assess and, if necessary, change communication predisposition toward a desired rhetorical end.


Qualifications in Palliative Communication

Licensing (Level 1)

Certification (Level 2)

Accreditation (Level 3)

Endorsement (Level 4)

From highest to lowest level, the qualification of Licensing (Level 1), Certification (Level 2), Accreditation (Level 3) or Endorsement (Level 4) in palliative communication is granted following a minimum of twelve, nine, six or three 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 Licensing (Level 1) culminating in a face-to-face peer review capstone encounter by an assessment panel specially convened for that purpose, and Certification (Level 2) culminating in a three-hour, comprehensive, written examination.


Higher Doctorates in Communication

Doctor of Humane Arts (D.H.A.)

Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.)

Doctor of Science (Sc.D.)

Awarded for exceptional achievement in any creative (D.H.A.), scholarly (Litt.D.) or applied scientific (Sc.D.) aspect, respectively, of intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, cross-cultural or multicultural communication, in any one or more of its many and varied expressions.

Candidates or recipients for 2017 include the following individuals:

  • Michael Frangogiannis - Galatas, Peloponnese (Greece), Sc.D. (Cand.)
  • Linda Elaine Vogt Turner - Vancouver, BC (Canada), D.H.A. conferred on June 27, 2017                    Diploma                    Website



Institute for Open Understanding™

Option 1:  Open Access Defense™  -  An onsite variant of Heartalk®
  • Opening, Welcome (5 minutes)
  • Keynote Address (20 minutes)
  • Demonstration Project (50 minutes)
  • Questions and Answers (10 minutes)
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Introduction of Peer Critics (5 minutes)
  • Peer Critiques (30 minutes - 3 critiques, 10 minutes each)
  • Keynoter Response (15 minutes)
  • Peer Replies (15 minutes - 3 replies, 5 minutes each)
  • Audience Poll (5 minutes)
  • Poll Results, Final Comments, Closing (15 minutes)

  • TOTAL DURATION: 3 Hours
Option 2:  Open Access Defense™  -  An online variant of Heartalk®
  • Blog post of a 5,000-word White Paper (20 days)
  • Defense of the post via the same blog (7 days )

  • TOTAL DURATION: 1 Month

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 defense, the university chooses the most appropriate, the most accessible, and the most available professionals, from among a loosely knit group of expert specialists scattered throughout the world, earnestly willing to exercise their knowledge by providing insightful feedback to the benefit of the candidate.

Chosen invitees, each a thought leader within his respective area of interest, are honorary members of the faculty. They are not remunerated by the university. Their travel expenses, their lodging costs, and their meal expenditures are covered completely by an honorarium advanced from the candidate through the university prior to the scheduled defense.

Application Options

  • Credentialing:   Self-introductions or recommendations are emailed to qualification@iou.edu.gr
  • Degrees:            Oral petitions are Skype voice messaged to iou.edu.gr; written petitions are emailed to petition@iou.edu.gr
  • Applications are reviewed from the perspective of Orthodox psychotherapy by a licensed practitioner
  • As guaranteed under applicable federal, state and local law, applications are reviewed without any discrimination of any kind whatsoever
  • Negotiated total program cost, mutually accepted in writing prior to the application being reviewed, is paid in advance, prior to commencement of the program, through TransferWise®only, either in EUR, to IBAN GR 17026 00400 00063 01019 80981, or in USD, to IBAN GR 68026 00400 00066 11000 56081, and is non-refundable