The Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation

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The Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation (CGPF) promotes education, training, and research regarding group psychotherapy as an effective, economical, and transformative means of psychological treatment. Our funding model is based exclusively on donations. Over the years the Foundation has received donations from members of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association and other interested individuals. Donations directly support: Awards and Scholarships, Educational Event Sponsorships, and Research Grants.

» The Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation thanks the Estate of Dr. Bill Powles for his final gift to CGPF

Dr. Powles obtained his M.D from McGill University and spent two years in the Canadian Army Medical Corps before completing his army service as a mission doctor in Alert Bay, BC. After qualifying as a psychiatrist at McGill he worked at the BC provincial health service from 1950, moving to the University of Cincinnati in 1958, and taking up a professorship at Queen’s University’s Department of Psychiatry in 1966. He formally retired from Queen’s in 1985 and worked part-time until 1995.

Professionally, Dr. Powles had special interests in the training of residents and in group methods of psychotherapy, as well as the basic science foundations of psychiatry in which he published a textbook. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, a board member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, a founding member of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, serving as secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation, and was a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. William E. Powles, B.A., M.D.C.M, Dip. Psych. (McGill), F.R.C.P., © F.A.P.A.P., F.A.G.P.A., F.C.G.P.A., of Kingston, Ontario has been acknowledged by the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation for his distinguished contributions to mental health, particularly through the
teaching and practice of group psychotherapy.

Dr. Powles passed away in 2017 in his 98th year.

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Dr. William E. Powles

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