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Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt

Duane T. Bowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma and Wellness Educator, 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.

Department of Justice – Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives – “Missing Persons, Ambiguous Loss, Reintegration: How it all fits together” – June 10, 2021

I am honored to have been asked to share my experience working with indigenous folks, and to provide information on working with families of missing persons, Ambiguous Loss and reunification/reintegration.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presentation for Amber Alert Coordinators and Clearinghouse Managers – “Vicarious and Secondary Trauma” – June 16, 2021

I appreciate that the Family Advocacy Division of NCMEC included me in this presentation. I look forward to talking about how our work can affect us, and what we can do to mitigate it.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Family Advocacy Outreach Network – “Supporting Families of Missing Children” – August 16, 2021

Every two years the Family Advocacy Division of NCMEC provides training to mental health professionals from around the country on supporting families and survivors of missing and exploited children. I have been fortunate to present at these trainings for a number of years discussing a model of support for families of missing children.

Washington Regional Transplant Community – “Grief Retreat” – Falls Church, VA – October 23, 2021

For nearly two decades I have been fortunate to work with WRTC in providing a full day grief retreat for families of donors. It is a rare opportunity to share in the grief experienced by these family members.

Justice Clearinghouse – “Intergenerational Trauma” – February 17, 2022

This is my seventh year presenting for JC. This presentation will discuss the five ways trauma is passed on from generation to generation even before birth. With this knowledge we can develop interventions to mitigate the impact.

Justice Clearinghouse – “Managing Trauma Triggers” – May 12, 2022

My second presentation for JC in 2022 will discuss what is a trauma trigger, how does it affect the brain and body, and what can we do to mitigate or eliminate the impact of these triggers which are ‘hard-wired’ in our brain.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Team HOPE Active Volunteer Training – Alexandria, VA – May 20-23, 2022.

For two decades I’ve been honored to provide training to this team of volunteers, made up of families of missing and exploited children, and adult survivors who were missing and/or exploited when they were children. These folks provided telephone support to other parents and adult survivors.

Judicial College of Maryland – GOT BUOYANCY? Resiliency Training for Judges – Annapolis, MD – May 24, 2022 and November 8, 2022.

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A presentation originally scheduled for 2020 was rescheduled for 2022 to be sure it could be presented live. As the title implies this information will be presented to Maryland judges. What an amazing opportunity.