Joe Powers

Rebecca Walters hvpi at
Wed Feb 15 07:22:01 PST 2017

Joe Powers studied psychodrama with the Moreno in Beacon. He began the
psychodrama program at Lesley College in the mid 1970s, along with Peter
Rowan who was a past president of the ASGPP. He presented many times at the
ASGPP conferences in the 1970s and encouraged his students to do the same.
He and Peter used to have big gatherings in their hotel suite where we first
and second year students could mingle with psychodrama greats! Joe presented
at one of the ASGPP conferences in the last five or ten  years or
so..probably one in NJ or NY. He was one of my first psychodrama trainers
and had a huge impact on my work. He empathized the importance of life
transitions and ritual, was a master at using Sociometry to help uncover the
connections and conflict in the group. He was wise and gentle. 

Rebecca Walters


Here is his obit from the Boston Globe


POWERS, Dr. Joseph Patrick Of Needham, passed away on January 14, 2017, in
his home. Loving husband to Kathleen O'Brien, and devoted father of sons
Devin and Cullan Powers. Joe was born on September 29, 1944, in the Bronx,
NY, as the second of eight siblings. He spent his childhood days playing
stickball and basketball, and nurturing a deep love for learning that he
would carry with him throughout his life. Joe studied English Literature at
Catholic University, Communications at
32> New York University, Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the Moreno
Institute, and Psychology at
&affiliateID=1232> Harvard University and Boston College, where he received
his doctorate. He was the Director of Group Psychotherapy at McLean Hospital
in Belmont, and ran his own private practice, working with families and
individuals of all ages. Most recently, Joe served as a consultant to the
Galway Hurling Team in Ireland, an honor he cherished. Joe appreciated the
arts, and directed a number of Irish plays in the Boston area. He did have
his faults; he was a New York Yankee's fan. Joe lived a life full of
compassion and wonder. His profound devotion to helping others find peace
was surpassed only by the love he had for his family and dear friends and
his capacity to see the beauty in this world. His sincere warmth, humor, and
empathy touched everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed. A memorial
service will be held on Saturday, February 4th, at 10AM at the First Parish,
Unitarian Universalist, 23 Dedham Ave, Needham. In lieu of flower, donate to
a charity of your choice. For obit, directions or to share a memory of Joe,
please visit  <>
Eaton Funeral Home 781-444-0201

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 29, 2017- See more at:

Rebecca Walters

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Highland, NY 12528 


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