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Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt

Duane T. Bowers, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Reiki Master in private practice. His work includes working with individuals and groups. He teaches workshops, seminars, and courses nationally and internationally, and through a variety of media. He is author of “Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief” and “A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children” Duane Bowers ranks among the very few professionals globally who specialize in working with and providing support for families of missing children and missing adults.

Upcoming Events

George Washington University, Art Therapy Trauma II class, Alexandria VA Campus – April 4, 2018

I have been fortunate to have been asked to guest lecture to this class over the last 9 years. It is a great opportunity for me to encourage young professionals to treat trauma in the field, where it happens.

Haven of Northern Virginia – April 4, 2018 – Annandale, VA

Haven of Northern Virginia

Haven is an organization of trained volunteers that offers emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying and to their families and friends. I am returning to present about self-care to these great volunteers.

Justice Clearinghouse – April 5, 2018 – Webinar

AMBIGUOUS LOSS: THE IMPACT OF MISSING PERSONS ON VICTIMS, ADVOCATES AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM PERSONNEL – I’m excited to return to this venue to provide this one hour webinar.

Onion Lake Cree Nation – April 9 & 10, 2018 – Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

This is my first visit to the Onion Lake Cree Nation. The first day of training will be for professional support personnel in the community on trauma and ambiguous loss. The second day will be working with families who have a missing family member.

Home and Community Care, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Government of Canada Department of Indigenous Services – April 11-12, 2018 – Ft. Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada

This two-day training will cover the topics of Trauma, Ambiguous Loss and Responder Self Care for health care workers.

Justice Clearinghouse – May 8, 2018 – Webinar

CREATING AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE OF WELLNESS – This will be my third webinar with Justice Clearinghouse this year. This webinar is co-facilitated with Lt. Matthew Kail, Commander of the Maryland State Police ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force. We will be discussing our experience in setting up the wellness program in that agency.

Justice Clearinghouse – June 20, 2018 – Ambiguous Loss webinar for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

The RMPC has requested a more detailed webinar on Ambiguous Loss. I look forward to presenting information on topic which includes the issue of missing persons.

Family Advocacy Outreach Network Training – National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – June 28-30, 2018 – Alexandria, VA

This training allows the Family Advocacy Division of NCMEC to train mental health professionals from around the country on working with issues of missing and exploited children. Once trained, these professionals become part of a network that can be called upon when an event occurs in their area. I am fortunate to be part of this training once again.

2018 Human Trafficking Conference – July 11, 2018 – Manhattan KS

The US Attorney’s Office of the District of Kansas, along with three other agencies is sponsoring this conference. They have requested that I present information on the mental health issues of trafficking such as traumatic response, ambiguous loss and reunification.

Montgomery County Adoptive and Foster Parent Services – July 19, 2018 – Rockville, Md.

This hard working group of professionals who provide support for others have requested that I come and present some information and exercises for their own self-care. I am very honored to do so

WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY, Day Long Grief Retreat – October 20, 2018 – Falls Church, VA

We present these day-long grief retreats bi-annually, and each one is unique and different as are the participants. We spend the day discussing healthy grieving from a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual perspective.

Team HOPE of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – New Volunteer Training – October 26-29 2018 – Alexandria, VA

For 15 years I have been very fortunate to provide training to parents of missing and exploited children on how to provide telephone support to other parents of missing and exploited children. This work is so very rewarding.