Self-Responsibility in Action ~ A Four-Week Course


With honesty and kindness, I take responsibility for my own choices and allow others to do the same.

~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve
and The Clarion Call


To support individuals as they learn to monitor their inner state and choose outer actions that serve the wellbeing of self and others


    1. To observe the dynamic relationship between your inner state and your choice of appropriate actions
    2. To practice choice by speaking the truth with honesty and kindness
    3. To experience the self-responsibility of choosing your beliefs, attitudes, speech and actions and allowing others to do the same
    4. To choose to use life experiences as opportunities to heal, grow and serve
      Choice translates into change only when it is preceded by purpose and followed by action.
      ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve


      Are you seeking to find meaning and purpose in your life? Do you wish to strengthen your ability to make choices that support living your life fully and completely in a world of constant challenge and change? Would you like to have a tool that helps you see yourself and others through “spiritual eyes”?  Are you looking for ways to learn how to be self-responsible for your thoughts, actions, and words?

      Carefully read and consider the Universal Tributes Study Program introductory page.  Ask yourself if now is the time to devote yourself to beginning (or deepening) your spiritual journey using the psychological-spiritual tool of the Ten Universal Tributes.

      The course for Universal Tribute Five: The Power of Choice supports your power to choose through the understanding and practice of Tribute Five:  With honesty and kindness, I take responsibility for my own choices and allow others to do the same. As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the program requirements and time commitments listed below.

      Topics Covered

      • Tribute Five and Tenets: With honesty and kindness, I take responsibility for my own choices and allow others to do the same.
      • Understanding and Practicing Choice
      • Understanding and Practicing Self-Responsibility


      • Follow the designated study steps and complete reading and worksheet assignments on schedule
      • Spend approximately one-half to one hour each day to complete the four-week study program
      • Send designated worksheets to assigned faculty member
      • Apply course material in personal and work life
      • Discuss completed assignments and handouts in phone calls with your assigned faculty member, plus additional contact by email as needed
      • Lesson cannot be extended past the original four-week period
      Attaining self-responsibility for one's actions and reactions leads to inner freedom and gives the gift of conscious choice.
      ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve


      1. Interested person is emailed course description
      2. Person registers if wishes to enroll by calling 703-706-5333 OR emailing info@ias-online.org


      1. Student is provided with the Table of Contents and the assignments and handouts for the month and asked to review them before orientation phone call or meeting.
      2. Phone or in-person orientation to review assignments and handouts for the month and set a starting date, as well as dates and times for the following phone calls*:
        • A half-hour “check-in” phone call from your assigned faculty member to address any questions you may have will take place one week after you have started the lesson.
        • A one-hour phone call made by you to your faculty member will take place at the end of the month to review the month’s assignments and experience with the material. Your faculty member will send you an email that explains the focus of this phone call.

      * Student is invited to contact the faculty member during the month via email or phone if s/he has difficulty working with the materials and needs support.

      Course Tuition: $100

      Fee Policy: Course paid in full at registration.  Full refund if you withdraw within three days.  Course fee is nonrefundable after three days.  Participant makes and pays for monthly phone calls.

      Text: You will need to purchase your own copy of Born to Serve. Purchasing a Universal Tribute Card Set is optional.

      Reference: Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, ©1997.

      Disclaimer: The Institute for the Advancement of Service does not provide medical or mental health care.  As such, courses and study programs 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.

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