Duane T. Bowers


Mr. Bowers 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. As a therapist Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of trauma and traumatic loss, child exploitation and trafficking which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited, trafficked and murdered victims as well as professional staff working directly in the field. Duane is responsible for the development of support, clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with these issues in the US and Canada. He is a principle in Project SafeGuard which provides support for the staff of the Exploited Child Division of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 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 wellness support to the Trust and Safety Division of Tumblr and Yahoo, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, the Alexandria City Police Investigators, International Justice Mission (IJM) field and headquarters staff, Montgomery County Child Welfare Services, Bechtel, and Palantir by creating and facilitating training and support and wellness programs for their staff members. In Saskatchewan province in Canada, Duane works through Caring Hearts providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, first responder trauma, and supporting families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

Duane teaches, "Ambiguous Loss: The Impact of Missing Persons on Families & Response Personnel" for Academy Hour.