It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Robert L. Powers, M.Div., M.A., Adler School Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. Rev. Powers, a School co-founder and a pioneer in the field of Adlerian psychology, passed away Tuesday. A memorial was observed at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.
Rev. Powers was among the early instructors at the School,founded in 1952 as the Alfred Adler Institute, with Rudolf Dreikurs, Bernard Shulman, Harold Mosak, and Bina Rosenberg. He played an important role in the development of the School's early courses, as well as the establishment of certification in Adlerian theory and methods. Through the years, he served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of practitioners at the School.
A master clinician and teacher, he was known for an extensive body of work, including collaboration with his wife, Adler School Professor Emerita Jane Griffith. Together, they co-authored The Lexicon of Adlerian Psychology (2007), Key to Psychotherapy: Understanding the Self-Created Individual (first published as Understanding Life-Style), and many professional articles. Rev. Powers continued to lecture extensively in the United States, Canada, and abroad after retirement.
In 2012, the Adler School established the Robert L. Powers and Jane Griffith Scholarship Fund honoring their contributions to the field of Adlerian psychology. The scholarship celebrates their work with students, professionals, and the public to create a community of dedicated and connected Adlerian practitioners. It provides awards to students based on financial need and academic merit.
Contributions in Rev. Powers' memory to the fund are welcome and accepted through the Adler School Office for Institutional Advancement.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Prof. Griffith and all of Rev. Powers' loved ones. We offer condolences to the many members of our School community and the field at large for whom he was a colleague, mentor, friend, and source of knowledge and inspiration.
Director of Communications, Adler School of Professional Psychology
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