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Duane Bowers, LPC, CCHT   

Duane is a licensed Professional Counselor and Educator.  As a therapist, his 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 Centre for Missing and Exploited Children [NCMEC].  In September 2001 Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing support to rescue and recovery workers.

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. In Canada, Duane works through the Regina Palliative Care 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.

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.

 

Kim Lawrence     

Hi, I’m Kim Lawrence. I have been practicing yoga & meditation for the past 21 years and teaching it for 13. It has been my absolute joy to see my life and the lives of my students be transformed physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually through the varied practices of yoga. I currently teach at my own studio, Full Life Yoga. I teach a very spiritual and meditative type of yoga and my specialty is working with trauma and grief so I am very excited to be supporting you at the first annual Caring Hearts Retreat.

During our time together we will be gently inviting the body, the heart and the mind to open where it has become closed. Together in a safe and secure setting, we will explore what is ready to open and let go and determine what still needs to be nurtured. Our practice will include gentle yoga poses, breathing practices and deeply relaxing meditation.

 

Gloria Miller   

Gloria Miller joined the Regina Palliative Care & Bereavement Centre team in May 2017 bringing with her nearly two decades of experience in social work and counselling, and utilizes art therapy as a major contribution towards assisting individuals and families.  Gloria has also done extensive work with RPCI through the ‘Missing Persons Initiative’, and can often be found travelling throughout the province helping those who still have a loved one missing.  Additionally, Gloria is supporting the work of the organization through the Federal Government and the CASE Project - assisting Families of Murdered and/or Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

Over the past 40 years Gloria has been involved with First Nations cultural and language revitalization projects as an illustrator for Cree and Dené language curriculum materials in Saskatoon for then Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College, then for the Tree of Peace’s Department of Education, and the Dené Cultural Institute in Yellowknife, NT. She also provided First Nation’s family support and social work in British Columbia. Aside from illustrating K-12 Dené language curriculum materials for the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Language program, Ms Miller illustrated a well circulated children’s book, “My Kokum Called Today”, and wrote and illustrated, “Slapshot Star” before continuing her career in Mental Health, Trauma Counselling, and Art Therapy. Following her involvement with hospice care in British Columbia, Ms Miller now provides bereavement support for RPCI. Privately, she engages in her own creative endeavors, and is working to retrace her ancestor’s movements from the Red River settlements in Manitoba, and enjoys wandering the beautiful prairie landscape.

Gloria's passion is art therapy and we are excited to offer her knowledge and expertise for retreat attendees. This unique and effective method of therapeutic emotional cleansing provides participants with the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for individuals. Art therapy can help individuals express emotions that are otherwise very hard to put into words, allowing them to do so in a safe and nurturing environment.

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