Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt

is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educator, and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice. He is the author of Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief, and A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children, and also hosted the live, call-in internet radio show LET’S TALK IT THROUGH.

Duane Bowers, LPC

As a therapist Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In addition, Duane serves as a training consultant to NCMEC, and is deployed by them to provide crisis intervention at Amber Alert sites with Team Adam. He also serves as a support consultant and trainer for Team HOPE, a telephone support line for parents of missing and exploited children/by parents of missing and exploited children, and has provided services to AMECO (Association of Missing and Exploited Children Organizations). Duane also worked as a therapist with members of the military and their families through Military Onesource, and assisted families who must identify loved ones at the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, through the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.

Currently, Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss in the US and Canada. He is a principle in Project SafeGuard which provides support for the staff of the Exploited Child Division of NCMEC, which is responsible for analyzing child pornography on the internet to assist law enforcement. Duane also provides staff support to the NCMEC Child Sex Trafficking Team. In addition, Duane provides technical support to Internet Service Providers (ISP) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) units in creating support programs for their staff members. In Saskatchewan province in Canada, Duane works through the Greystone Bereavement Centre providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, and first responder trauma. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

In Washington DC he served as the Director of Training and Education at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, and was the Senior Director of Emergency and International Services for the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross. Duane spent three months during the summer of 1999 in Macedonia/ Kosovo/Albania supervising a family reunification program in camps with war refugees. In September 2001 Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing support to rescue and recovery workers. In April 2010 he served as the mental health team leader at the University of Miami field hospital following the earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti.

As an educator, Duane teaches seminars nationally, internationally and regionally on dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Trinity College in Washington DC, and has been an invited guest lecturer for national conferences, as well as for graduate and undergraduate classes of various colleges and universities. Duane is also a contract trainer for the Office for Victims of Crime.

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Duane works with clients to reduce stress and anxiety, improve their sleep, and for weight reduction. Clinical Hypnosis is also used to assist clients to reduce anxiety responses to traumatic triggers. He has assisted clients with improved sports, academic and job performance, pain management, smoking cessation, and life regression.

Duane began studying reiki and achieved level I in 1998, and became a Reiki Master and a Seichim Reiki Master in 2005. He has facilitated group reiki sessions, and currently volunteers at Life With Cancer providing reiki sessions to cancer patients.

Published works:

  • Bowers, D.T. (2015). A child is missing: Providing support for families of Missing children. In M.G. Leary, S.W. Cooper, P. Wetterling, D.D. Broughton (Eds.) Perspectives on missing person’s cases (pp. 23-64). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
  • Bowers, D.T. (2009, Summer). Supporting your grieving pet. American Academy of
    Bereavement News, 2, 6.
  • Bowers, D.T. (2007). A child is missing: Providing support for families of missing
    children. Alexandria, VA: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Greif, G. & Bowers, D. (2007). Unresolved loss: Issues in working with adults whose
    siblings were kidnapped years ago. The American Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 35, issue 3, pp. 203-219.
  • Bowers, D.T. (2005). Guiding your family through loss and grief. Tucson, AZ: Fenestra
  • Bowers, D.T. (2005) Information for families grieving after the loss of a child, and the professionals who support them. Retrieved February 3, 2005. http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC10.pdf
  • Bowers, D. T. (2002). Communicating with someone who is grieving. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), web-site, www.aarp.org/griefandloss/articles/103_a.hml, 1-4.