K. Bradford Brown, Ph.D. and W. Roy Whitten, Ph.D. created More To Life as a way to offer others the skills and practices they developed through their work in psychotherapy and pastoral counseling.
Dr Brown first became interested in the connection between social, spiritual and psychological development as a young priest in California in the 1950s and took this in a new direction when he began his studies in psychology.
In 1957 he took his doctorate in clinical psychology, and the start of the 1960s saw him acting as Rector of All Souls Church, opposite the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. He was active in the early days of the civil rights movement before leaving the US to briefly become a visiting fellow in adult education at Oxford University.
As a psychologist and then a practising psychotherapist, Brad worked with some of the other pioneering therapists of his time, including Victor Frankl and Alan Watts, a well-known writer and teacher of Buddhist practice, who played a key role in the introduction of Eastern thought to Western culture. Brad and his wife Dr Anne Brown, who was also a psychotherapist, founded the Institute for Family and Human Relations in Los Gatos in the 1970s.
Roy Whitten also served as a priest in the Episcopal Church and the two men met when Brad was asked to give a guest sermon at Roy’s church. Soon after, Roy became a Family Pastoral Counselor working with Brad and other psychologists at the Institute.
In 1981 Brad and Roy created the first More To Life course in San Jose, CA. Within a few years the programme spread to new locations in the US, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. The programme has continued to spread, mainly by word of mouth, reaching many tens of thousands of individuals.
More To Life courses have now been taught in schools and universities, through graduate programmes, and in corporations and government agencies on four continents. Partner organisations have included penal institutions, domestic violence shelters and national leadership programmes, from the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation in South Africa to The Prince’s Trust in the UK.
Brad Brown died in August 2007 at the age of 76 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. His vision lives on through the unique and powerful work he shared with the world.
“Compared to the control group,
students were significantly
higher on what we have called
‘mindfulness’, suggesting that
the course does indeed increase
conscious awareness and promote
understanding of thoughts and
feelings in a more productive
manner.” > Research study