Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Duke University School of Medicine
A member of the U.S.-based Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance and the U.K.-based Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance , we are "intercontinental". A non-restrictive fact-finding delivery system, we are "open". A double-blind peer-reviewed non-degree and postdoctoral learning framework acknowledged by top-ranked Duke University School of Medicine , we are a "university". We devote ourselves exclusively to spirituality and health , placing emphasis on authorizations in, and recognition of exceptional achievement in, palliative communication , a specialized form of therapeutic rhetorical intervention that exemplifies the World Health Organization's definition of palliative care . We cordially invite you , having faced, facing, or soon to be facing palliative challenges of your own, to the most exceptionally rewarding opportunity available for personal development and professional growth in the spirit of Duke Health , and ask, in support of our work, that you consider making a donation to help defray tuition costs of those for whom now is the time to respond to this calling.
Intercontinental Open University, a double-blind peer-reviewed non-degree and postdoctoral learning framework, functions exclusively in the person of its volunteer-supported President and Chief Executive Officer, awarded inaugural membership in 2008 to the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health , established in 2007, operated between 2007 and 2010 but no longer holding annual meetings , by the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health , 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 (SACSCOC) , and professionally by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) .
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. He accedes to the demands of the populace, and Jesus is executed.
Pilate Syndrome™, a communication anxiety-related mental disorder consistent in definition with that of the federally mandated disability determination process as noted by the National Academy of Sciences (2015, p. 122 ), is marked by two blind spots: failure and fear. For the caregiver, "failure to understand" a patient, and "fear of an uprising" in that patient, undermine that caregiver's therapeutic rhetorical intervention at the risk of disabling palliative communication , causing it to become dysfunctional, as opposed to enabling it , thus empowering it to become functional. With Bachner and Carmel (2009, p. 530 ) having drawn attention to such a risk, Pilate Syndrome™ is style-identifiable and risk-assessable using the paired comparison equivalent of a global positioning system created and developed by the university's President and Chief Executive Officer, presented following double-blind peer review in 2008 at the 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health at the Duke University School of Medicine, and alpha-tested in primary care facilities for five years, as well as beta-tested in a wide variety of diverse pastoral settings for ten years.
Predisposed to underlying conditions outlined by the Duke Health Profile , and externalized as a communicator style (cf. Norton and Pettegrew, 1977 ), Pilate Syndrome™ is diagnosed using the Style Designation Index™, allowing for instinctive end-user reactions to forced-choice, biaxial, dependent variable alternatives of varied light intensity, examined by Constantopoulos and Bloch (1967 ), each option signifying a fractional inclination for conveying palliative relationality, overviewed by O'Connor, Davis and Abernethy (2010 ), to an immanent exigent situation, 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 readness, observed by Duke University neuroscientists . If, after risk assessment using the Risk Vulnerability Scale™, allowing for instinctive end-user reactions to forced-choice, independent variable alternatives, that style, given a high factor to relationship ratio, is anticipated to result in disabled palliative communication, then the disorder can be reordered in the appropriate manner . Thus, with a structure and a metabolism that are, so Palade (1963, p. 614 ) emphasizes, 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.
The university's flagship program is the postdoctoral higher doctorate, awarded honoris causa, in palliative communication, conferred throughout the calendar year upon petitioners who successfully complete the Open Access Defense™ for creative (D.H.A.), scholarly (Litt.D.) or scientific (Sc.D.) output that evidences spirituality's positive impact on the health of the terminally ill, with the structure of the protocol comprised of an introduction of the peer critics (5 minutes) and the candidate (5 minutes); the candidate's keynote address (15 minutes) and demonstration project (30 minutes); a question and answer session (15 minutes); a break (10 minutes); three peer critiques at ten minutes each (30 minutes); the candidate's response (10 minutes); three peer replies at five minutes each (15 minutes); the candidate's rejoinder (5 minutes); an audience poll (10 minutes); the poll results (5 minutes); the conferral or non-conferral of the degree (10 minutes); and the closing (5 minutes). Differing in terms of time spans and requirements, the non-degree authorizations of licensing, certification, and accreditation are also offered, each involving twelve, six or three months, respectively, of monitored interaction with patients or residents at an approved medical facility or in a home environment, and each being assessment-based, given, respectively, a 90-minute, peer-reviewed, face-to-face capstone encounter, a 2-hour, single-question, comprehensive written examination, or a 120-question, 30-minute multiple-choice test. Tuition, covering travel, lodging, and meal costs, is negotiable, mutually acceptable per contract, non-refundable, and payable thirty days prior to the scheduled Open Access Defense™, capstone encounter, examination or test.
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, whose executive oversight currently is led by the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Constantine A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. , Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Clinical Professor of Palliative Communication, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the university. From 2011 to 2018, founding director, George C. Constantopoulos, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Retired), and lead author for 1964 Nobel Laureate, Konrad E. Bloch, served as President (honoris causa), with Nickas C. Constant (1926-2007), A.D., having served as Director Emeritus of Grants and Scholarships .
Congratulations to 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. Also, 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!" Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, Dr. Constantopoulos deeply regrets that he will not be able to attend. This notwithstanding, our site visitors are encouraged to read the abstract here.