Bradford Brown, PhD and W. Roy Whitten, PhD 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 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 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 become a Visiting Fellow in adult education at Oxford University.
As a psychologist and then a practising psychotherapist, Brad worked with some 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 is also a psychotherapist, founded the Institute for Family and Human Relations in Los Gatos in the 1970’s.
Roy Whitten served as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Soon after he met Brad, Roy became a Family Pastoral Counselor at the Institute.
In 1981 Brad and Roy created the first More To Life course in San Jose, CA. Within a few years the program spread to new locations in the US, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. The program 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 programs, and in corporations and government agencies on four continents. Partner organisations have included penal institutions, domestic violence shelters and national leadership programs, 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.
The vision he developed with Roy Whitten lives on, through the unique and powerful work they shared with the world.
Each person who has trained to lead a More To Life course is committed to serving the unique individual path of every participant they work with. To become a More To Life Trainer you need to meet a number of criteria based on your educational background and your teaching skills. However the most important qualification is that you yourself are living the practices of the programme and have had the experience of sourcing your own growth, personally and professionally, through your use of them.
All More To Life Trainers have careers in their own fields, from psychotherapy and counselling to university teaching. They are not paid a salary by the More To Life Foundation and often work for fees that are lower than those available in a comparable commercial setting. They are motivated not by the need to earn, but by their vision of what this work can bring to people’s lives and by the knowledge that in this context, the teacher learns as much as their students. Many participants describe the quality of the person who led their course as one of the things they most valued about their experience.
More To Life Coaches
Achieving the quality of life you want does not happen by chance. Accomplish more than you could dream of with the support and guidance of a More To Life Coach.
Using the remarkable tools of the More To Life Program, More To Life Coaches offer deep insights and expert facilitation to enable you to make the changes you seek. Your More To Life Coach will help you: explore and create results you are truly passionate about; release your creativity; tackle tough issues (physical, financial, career, relationships, sexual); deepen the significant relationships and partnerships in your life; maximize your potential and the contribution you make in the world…
Small-Group Course Leaders
Three of our courses are taught in a small-group format by accredited “More To Life Mentors”. There are around 200 Mentors active in many different countries, teaching The Power of Purpose, The Power of Connection and The Power of Self Esteem.
Credits are available in some of the countries where More To Life is represented:
- USA: Continuing Educational Units (CEU)
- UK: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits are available to students who take these courses. (Formal accreditation)
- SA: CPD (Official status/recognition unconfirmed)
- NZ: CPD (Official status/recognition unconfirmed)