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John Bradshaw Biography
Bradshaw was born in Houston, Texas, into a troubled family and abandoned by an alcoholic father who himself was also abandoned by his own father. Bradshaw won scholarships to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. He earned a B.A. degree in Sacred Theology and an M.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto in Canada. Six years after his 1963 graduation, Bradshaw returned to academia at Rice University in Houston, Texas, doing three years of graduate work in psychology and religion. Bradshaw said alcohol addiction and other problems led to his decision to end his plans for the priesthood.
Bradshaw was the author of six books, several of which held top slots as New York Times bestsellers; his book Homecoming reached No. 1. During the 1980’s and 1990’s he hosted a number of PBS television broadcasts based on his books. He served on the board of directors of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program and as the national director of the John Bradshaw Center at Ingleside Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Bradshaw resided in the Shadyside subdivision of Houston, Texas, with his wife, Karen, an artist, and daughter, Ariel Bradshaw.John Bradshaw had a son, John Bradshaw, Jr. from a former marriage.
On May 8, 2016, Bradshaw died of heart failure at the age of 82.
John Bradshaw Career
Throughout the 1970’s, John Bradshaw served as a management consultant at Drillco Manufacturing Company and as a leadership trainer at Denka Chemical Company. He was also director of human resources and served on the board of directors of Texas General Oil Company. Bradshaw was the developer and presenter of workshops for forty Fortune 500 companies and thousands of evolved non-profits and for-profit institutions.
He presented lectures and workshops for educational, professional and social organizations starting in 1964. He served as: member, board of directors and as president of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (1981–88); national director of Life-Plus Co-Dependency Treatment Center (1987–1990); founder and national director of the John Bradshaw Center at Ingleside Hospital in Los Angeles (1991–1997); and member, national board of directors of The International Montessori Society (1990–2016). He was an honorary lifetime board member of the Council on Alcohol and Drugs in Houston.
Starting in 1999, Bradshaw was also a senior fellow at The Meadows Institute.The Meadows is a multi-disorder inpatient facility in Arizona specializing in the treatment of a range of addictions. The facility’s intensive treatment focuses on drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addictions, depression, eating disorders, psychological conditions, affective disorders and compulsive behaviors. It takes a holistic approach to addiction recovery and includes a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, including the Twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In 1991, Bradshaw was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his series Bradshaw On: Homecoming and his book Reclaiming Virtue, published by Bantam, a division of Random House, in 2009 was Pulitzer-nominated for this body of work.
Bradshaw appeared on Oprah, Geraldo, Sally, Dr. Ruth, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Politically Incorrect, CNN-Talk Back Live, and Sirius Radio.
Bradshaw was the author of six books, three of which are New York Times Best Sellers, and he sold over 10 million copies and was published in 42 languages. His final book, Post-Romantic Stress Disorder, was published by Health Communications in 2014.
In 1999, Bradshaw was nominated by a group of his peers as “One Of The 100 Most Influential Writers On Emotional Health in the 20th Century.”
John Bradshaw Wife
He married Karen till date.
John Bradshaw Children
As of November 2017 he has only two children a daughter, Ariel Bradshaw and John Bradshaw, Jr.
John Bradshaw Books
He has written several books such as ;Healing the shame that blinds you,Home coming and several others.