As many of you in the treatment and recovery community may know, Dr. David Powell passed away suddenly on November 1, 2013. Central Recovery Press (CRP) would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Powell’s family, friends, and colleagues around the world. Dr. Powell devoted much of his career to training and mentoring addiction professionals, and had a special passion for training, credentialing, systems development, and facilitating recovery support internationally. In recent years, he had done extensive work in China, Turkey, Singapore, and Vietnam. Bob Gray, Central Recovery Press Publisher, said, “We were excited to have the opportunity to work with someone of Dr. Powell’s caliber and are deeply saddened by his death. It was an honor to be associated with him.” CRP published Game PlanA Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness in November of 2012. Game Plan was written for men to provide them with life lessons about living life to the fullest, free from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. His co-author Alan Lyme, LCSW had this to say, “David was a dear friend and mentor. He helped guide my life personally and professionally for the last ten years, and I will miss him dearly.”
Here are some highlights from his extensive career:
David J. Powell, Ph.D., was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry within the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
As President of the International Center for Health Concerns, Inc., he trained on a variety of topics in fifty states and eighty-seven countries worldwide.
He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ETP, Inc. from 1974–1999, providing employee assistance program services to 200 corporations. ETP also established and managed the Clinical Preceptorship Program, a comprehensive clinical supervision system, for the US Navy and Marine Corps, at 100 military bases worldwide.
From 1976–1999, David served on the editorial boards of four professional journals, including The Clinical Supervisor.
He was the author of ten professional books, including Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, which is the major text on the subject for the substance abuse field. He was chair of Treatment Improvement Protocol #52, published in 2009 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. He authored two books specific to men’s issues, Playing Life’s Second Half: A Man’s Guide for Turning Success to Significance, and the 2012 co-authored Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness.
He served on advisory boards at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University.
He assisted in establishing clinical supervision systems for most of the major substance abuse treatment centers in the US.
A memorial service for Powell was held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at South Congregational Church in Granby, Conn.