Biography

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt

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, LPCAs a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Duane works with clients to reduce weight, improve their sleeping, and reducing stress and anxiety. He has also 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 provided reiki sessions to clients individually and through distance reiki. Duane has also facilitated group reiki sessions. He currently volunteers at Living With Cancer providing reiki sessions to cancer patients.

As a therapist Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes assisting families who must identify loved ones at the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, through the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.

He also provides 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 consultant and trainer for Team HOPE, a telephone support line for parents of missing children, and has provided services to AMECO (Association of Missing and Exploited Children Organizations) and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg. Duane also worked as a therapist with members of the military and their families through Military One-source.

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.

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. He served as the Director of Training and Education at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington DC, 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.

Published works:

  • 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.
  • Grief, 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 Books.
  • 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.