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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

MARYLAND STATE POLICE, Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce – February 7, 2018 – Columbia, MD

This is my third annual presentation of secondary trauma information I’ve presented to this incredible taskforce. This presentation supports their on-going wellness program.

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – February 15, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

This presentation will be about ambiguous loss and grief as it applies to missing and murdered indigenous woman. The presentation will be to the Indian Residential School – Resolution Health Support Workers.

Thunderchild First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada – February 16, 2018

Thunderchild First Nation

I am honored to have been invited to this community to present information on working with Ambiguous Loss and Trauma.

WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY, Day Long Grief Retreat – March 3, 2018 – Falls Church, VA

I have been doing these bi-annual day grief retreats for at least 8 years, and each one is unique and different as are the participants. It is truly an honor to spend the day with these folks, learning to process their grief.

Justice Clearinghouse – March 6, 2018 – Webinar

Providing Wellness Support For Online Child Exploitation Personnel: From Website To Arrest – I’m excited to return to this venue to provide this webinar.

National Native Alcohol and Drug Program – March 20 & 21, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

During this two-day training I will be presenting information to drug and alcohol rehabilitation workers about trauma, trauma informed care, and intergenerational trauma.

Prince Albert YWCA – March 22 & 23, 2018 – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada

I will be presenting information about trauma, trauma informed care, and self-care for first responders.

Northeast Youth Violence Reduction Partnership – March 27 & 28, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

This is an opportunity to work with staff members who are dedicated in their work with at risk youth aged 12-24. We will be discussing trauma, trauma informed care, intergenerational trauma and self care.

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.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 55th Annual Conference – June 6, 2018 – Washington DC


Lanae Holmes LICSW, Rebecca Bailey PhD and I will be presenting a full day pre-conference Institute “The Unseen Damage: A discussion around ambiguous loss and vicarious trauma in abduction cases”.

Team HOPE of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – June 8 - 11, 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.

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.