Intercontinental Open University


Inspired by early career research (Enos and Constant [a.k.a., Constantopoulos], 1976  ), conceptualized during mid-career teaching and service (Christofilopoulou, 1998  ), and created upon recognition of its diagnostic approach by a leading medical school (Craver, 2008  ), Intercontinental Open University, a non-profit, clinical pastoral education organization sanctioned through canonical ordination of its founder , and operating under spiritual aegis of the Orthodox Church  , was established in 2009  and focuses on palliative communication training of allied health (cf. World Health Organization, 1946, unnumbered bullet point one ) personnel as qualified under KRS 216.935(4)(c) .


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 blind spots: Failure to understand his constituency, and fear of an uprising within it. Pilate accedes to the demands of the populace, and Jesus is executed.


Welcome to Intercontinental Open University.

Cicero reminds us that "the life of the dead consists in the recollection cherished of them by the living." . How, in anticipation of the inevitable, is this to be personified by allied health personnel in a palliative setting? It is in the spirit of answering this question, which I confess that I continue to ask myself , that our undergraduate-equivalent endorsement, graduate-equivalent certification, and postgraduate-equivalent accreditation programs train allied health personnel to engage children, adolescents, and adults purposefully, readying them to care just as appropriately for those having been left behind as for those prior to their having moved on.

If you would like to offer assistance to such aspiring allied health personnel, on the road to meet the calling but without the financial resources to get there, then please do consider helping them with a donation. Thank you.

Rev. Fr. Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. 
President and Distinguished Clinical Professor of Palliative Communication, Emeritus


A member of the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance  and the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance  , Intercontinental Open University operates exclusively through the person of its founding president, a canonically ordained Orthodox priest  and inaugural member of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health  . He is assisted by a select team of consultants hand-picked from among specialists of both Alliances. The Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health  , instrumental in establishing the Society, is based in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development  at the Duke University School of Medicine  , accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges  , and professionally by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education  .


"Failure to understand" an other person, coupled with "fear of an uprising" in that person, undermine quality human interaction by disabling palliative communication, causing it, by example, to become dysfunctional   instead of enabling it to be functional  . With the theoretical groundwork (Constantopoulos, 1999, p. vi, vii, 2, 22 and 99  ) having been laid over twenty years ago, Pilate Syndrome™ (Constantopoulos, 2008  ) is now identifiable, and can be understood as a Heartalk™ bifotype (n.b., the "bi" from "bias", and the "fo" from "focus"), by using the paired comparison equivalent of a global positioning system, the Heartalk™ protocol  , alpha-tested in primary care facilities, beta-tested in pastoral settings, then unveiled in 2008 at the 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health  at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Recognized through the Duke Health Profile  , and initially externalized as a communicator style (cf. Norton and Pettegrew, 1977  ), Pilate Syndrome™ is diagnosed using the Heartalk™ protocol, which allows for instinctive end-user reactions to forced-choice, biaxial, dependent variable alternatives of varied light intensity, examined in terms of of biological chemistry by Constantopoulos and Bloch (1967  ), with each option signifying a fractional inclination for conveying communication relationality, examined by O'Connor, Davis and Abernethy (2010  ), within an exigence, examined by Bitzer (1968, p. 6  ), he having dovetailed it off of Aristotle (350 BCE  , Part 2, Sentence 1), thereby reconfirming systemic interdependence of vision and hearing to be the key to preparation and readiness, examined by Duke University neuroscientists  . If, after risk assessment, that style is anticipated to result in disabled communication, then the disorder can be reordered in the appropriate manner  . Thus, with a structure and a metabolism that are, so Palade emphasizes (1963, p. 614  ), two aspects of the same set of phenomenon, Pilate Syndrome™ proves to be not as much a "response" to them as it is a reaction to them, one that can be relieved and reversed, given, as reflected by one of four communicator styles, the variables and messages of the CARE Quad™ (Constantopoulos, 2016  ).


Endorsement in Palliative Communication

"Endorsement in Palliative Communication", the vocational equivalent of an undergraduate degree, is earned following thirteen weeks of monitored interaction with children, adolescents, or adults in a university-approved setting, and requires successful completion of a 30-minute, 120-question, multiple-choice test after three weeks, a 90-minute, single-question, comprehensive written examination after six weeks, and a 3-hour, peer-reviewed, face-to-face capstone encounter after twelve weeks, thereafter entitling the candidate to use the post-nominal letters "EPC".

Certification in Palliative Communication

"Certification in Palliative Communication", the vocational equivalent of a graduate degree, is earned following successful completion of a double-blind peer reviewed 15,000-word reaction paper focusing on interaction with children, adolescents, or adults in a university-approved setting, and requires that it be presented at a public venue of the university's choice within thirty days of completion, thereafter entitling the candidate to use the post-nominal letters "CPC".

Accreditation in Palliative Communication

Accreditation in Palliative Communication", the vocational equivalent of a postgraduate degree, namely the Doctor of Humane Letters, the Doctor of Letters, or the Doctor of Science, traditionally conferred honoris causa for exceptional creative work, exceptional scholarly work, or exceptional scientific work, respectively, is awarded at the sole discretion of the university, subsequent to verified and confirmed interaction with children, adolescents, or adults in any university-approved setting, and entitles the candidate to use the post-nominal letters "APC".


Intercontinental Open University is led by prominent communication authority, Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D., through whose University of Michigan doctoral advisor, Loren LaMont Okey, Ph.D. (1909-1987)    , is an academic grandchild of the creator of America's first-ever university speech department, Thomas Clarkson Trueblood .

George C. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. (1923-2018)  , of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and, while at Harvard University, lead author for 1964 Nobel Laureate, Konrad E. Bloch, co-served as President (honoris causa) from 2011 to 2018, with Heublein corporate executive, Nickas C. Constant (1926-2007), A.D., having served, in light of his over three decades of successful experience within the area  , as Director of Grants and Scholarships throughout the university's planning and development stage.

Congratulations to the newest team members among us, Linda Elaine Vogt Turner   from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), awarded the Doctor of Humane Arts degree* on June 27, 2017, and Michael Frangogiannis from Galatas, Peloponnese (Greece), awarded the Doctor of Science degree* on October 1, 2017.

*It is hereby noted that as of January 1, 2019, and until further notice, Intercontinental Open University, given its provisional interest to focus on vocational training, no longer will be granting academic degrees except for those based on previous work experience subsequent to independent double-blind assessment of any petition for such. Toward this end, Intercontinental Open University will be authorizing only the aforementioned vocational credentials, described under "PROGRAMS" and as specified therein.


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