Intercontinental Open University

Inaugural Member of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Duke University School of Medicine

About

Inspired by early career research (Enos and Constant [a.k.a., Constantopoulos], 1976  ), conceptualized during mid-career teaching and service (Christofilopoulou, 1998  ), and established upon recognition of its approach by a leading medical school (Craver, 2008  ), non-profit Intercontinental Open University, which focuses on communication training of health care providers, was founded in 2009.

Roots

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

Cicero reminds us that "the life of the dead consists in the recollection cherished of them by the living." . How is this timelessness to be personified by a health care provider in, for example, a palliative setting? In the spirit of this question, which, in welcoming you, I confess that I continue to ask myself , our certificate of accreditation and our doctorate honoris causa train health care providers to act decisively, readying them to care for not only those leaving this life as they head to the next, but also for those to be left behind, soon to be cherishing in the recollection of those no longer with them.

Should you wish to offer assistance to such aspiring health care providers having the calling but not having the financial resources to respond to it, then please do consider helping them through the generosity of your donation. On their behalf, I thank you.

Most sincerely,

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


Affiliation

Assisted by committed health care providers from throughout the world, Intercontinental Open University, a member of both the US-based Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance  and the UK-based Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance  , operates in the person of its founding president, an inaugural member of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health  . 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  .

Approach

"Failure to understand" a patient, coupled with "fear of an uprising" in that patient, undermine quality care by disabling health care provider communication, causing it to become dysfunctional   instead of enabling it to be functional  . With the groundwork (Constantopoulos, 1999, p. vi, vii, 2, 22 and 99  ) having been laid some 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  ).

Programs

Resulting in death by default, Pilate Syndrome™ negatively affects a health care provider's ability to communicate, increasing patient risk of such a death. To counter this, the university, its approach having been acknowledged  by globally top-ranked Duke University  , offers two programs in palliative care , thereby exemplifying the World Health Organization's definition of palliative care  and, in so doing, addressing the future of health care  .

Open to anyone as defined by KRS 216.935(4)(c)  , Intercontinental Open University's sole vocational program is the certificate of accreditation in palliative care, earned after one calendar year of monitored candidate interaction with patients being treated at an approved medical facility, or with residents being tended within a home environment. The program requires a 120-question, 30-minute, multiple-choice test at the three-month mark, a 90-minute, single-question, comprehensive written examination at the six-month mark, and a 3-hour, peer-reviewed, face-to-face capstone encounter at the twelve-month mark, prior to graduation. Tuition, all-inclusive and non-refundable, is €1,665, payable in euro only, and payable in three equal monthly installments of €555 each, with the first installment due within ten days of acceptance into the program, and the second and third installments due within thirty and sixty days, respectively, from the date of payment of the first installment.

Intercontinental Open University's sole academic program is the doctorate honoris causa in palliative care, with the Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) for creative work, the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) for scholarly work, or the Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) for scientific work being conferred throughout the calendar year subsequent to double-blind peer review. Tuition, all-inclusive and non-refundable, is €3,300, payable in euro only, half of which is payable within ten days of acceptance into the program, and the remaining half of which is payable thirty days prior the scheduled date of the double-blind peer review.

Leadership

Intercontinental Open University is led by recognized speech communication expert, Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D., through whose University of Michigan doctoral advisor, Loren LaMont Okey, Ph.D. (1909-1987)    , is the 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 leaders 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, as well as to a soon-to-be leader in the making among us, Vanta-Vassiliki Kyriakou, from Thessaloniki, Greece, who will be commencing an interdisciplinary Doctor of Letters program in May 2019.

Contact


Postal Address:
P.O. Box 2807
190 13 Anavyssos
Greece

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Greece

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