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About the Institute for the Advancement of Service

Founded in 1980, the Institute for the Advancement of Service (IAS) was incorporated in 1982 as an educational and spiritual organization.  IAS teachings and practices, known collectively as The Clarion Way, derive from The Soul and Service Trilogy by Susan S. Trout, PhD.

When we truly serve, we draw upon the spiritual strength, the wisdom, and the directing power of our own soul and that of the person we are serving.  The task to be done is always too big for our personality selves. The soul instinctively identifies with all that is good and naturally and effortlessly engages in the activity of service.
~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve

The Trilogy consists of three books:  Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service, with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul; and The Clarion Call:  Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era. Three Roses Press publishes all IAS books and materials.  IAS is registered with IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

The Institute is financially dependent on income derived from course fees and personal contributions (tax-deductible).

The Institute for the Advancement of Service does not provide medical or mental health care.  As such, our courses are not intended to be psychotherapy, medical therapy, or a substitute for either one.  Participants are required to assume self-responsibility for their wellbeing by seeking, when appropriate, psychological and medical professional care. As co-partners in the courses in which they are enrolled, participants are asked to set intentions, do assignments, respect IAS communication guidelines, and in all ways participate with self-responsibility for their wellbeing.

We invite you to read more about the Institute on our website and to participate in our courses in soul development, service, leadership, and group life.

Susan S. Trout, PhD
Co-Founder and President of the Board

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