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Duane Bowers, LPC


Through a storied 30 year career, Duane T. Bowers, LPC, has become a trauma, dying, death and grief expert; respected and sought after international educator; and noted author.

As a therapist in private practice, 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 & 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). Duane also works as a therapist with members of the military and their families through Military Onesource.

As an educator, Duane has touched thousands via seminars nationally, internationally, and regionally, presenting 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 has written two books, Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief, and A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children.

Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss. 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 works. 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.