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

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN – A variety of agencies providing services to families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women have requested a two day training – October 3-4, 2017

The first day of training will be for the professionals, the second day for the families. The training will include trauma, ambiguous loss, and intergenerational trauma among other topics.


Once again I am honored to be facilitating this bi-annual, day long grief retreat for donor family members. This will be the first retreat at WRTC’s new location.

Montgomery County Child Welfare Services, Child Sexual Abuse and Fatalities Investigations – October 16, 2017 – Rockville, MD

I have the opportunity to work with the staff of this agency for the very first time. I will be providing training and support services to the staff on how this work can affect them over time.

Regina Palliative Care Inc. – November 3-5, 2017 – Caring Hearts Retreat – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina Palliative Care Inc., Greystone Bereavement Centre

I will continue from the conference to be the principal facilitator for this retreat. This unique and dedicated retreat will provide 40 professional individuals with the opportunity to further develop their coping skills and build upon their own self-care plans.


This training will be for First Nations homecare nurses and will include topics such as trauma, ambiguous loss and intergenerational trauma.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Counseling Dept. – November 13, 2017 – Washington D.C.

I am always happy to be asked to guest lecture for the Diagnosis and Treatment Planning class at GWU. I of course focus on trauma.

ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, Investigations Section – December 6, 2017 – Alexandria, VA

A first time opportunity for me to present secondary trauma information to the lab staff and investigators who work on child exploitation cases in Alexandria.

NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN – A variety of agencies providing direct services to families have requested a two day training – December 12-13, 2017.

This training will focus on trauma and ambiguous loss.

The Marist Community – January 12, 2018 – Washington D.C.

I am very honored to again present information to this community. This presentation is about building resilience both individually, and as a community.

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.

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.

Team HOPE of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – June 1-4, 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.