Explore the Multigenerational Impacts


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Trauma Fostered by One’s Living Conditions

Intergenerational Trauma Online Course

When we think of Intergenerational Trauma, we often think of major historical events that affect a specific segment of the population. However, Intergenerational Trauma is more than that, and includes violent acts that happen within a family, passed down as learned behavior from generation to generation. When looked at in this light, Intergenerational Trauma can have a tremendous reach and effect throughout the communities and victims we serve.

This course expands the stereotypical image to include a wide scope of traumatic activity that affects the development, genetics and environment of individuals, passed on historically, culturally, and through socialization and patterning.

Join us for this online course as Duane Bowers presents how the environment may foster and sustain trauma from generation to generation through culture, socializing and complicity within the family structure. He will discuss options to encourage change within the family culture, and for the individuals within that culture.


Designed for the Busy Working Professional

Whether you are new in the field or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future through this course which is filled with more than five hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.


Convenient and Affordable Training on your own schedule and without the need to travel.


Taught by Duane Bowers who has worked for decades as a Licensed Professional Counsellor with families and survivors of trauma and child exploitation.


Courses consist of real-world info important for any Social Worker, Advocate or Justice Professional.

grow in your career

Your online course is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.




Meet Your Instructor

Duane Bowers, LPC

Duane Bowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Wellness Consultant, Presenter, Author, and Reiki Master. He assists those who have been exposed to trauma to live their life fully. His work focuses on the fields of missing, sexually exploited, and trafficked persons nationally, and internationally.

Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of trauma, child and adult 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 was recently a principal in Project SafeGuard which provides support for the staff of the Exploited Child Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is responsible for analyzing child sexual abuse material on the internet to assist law enforcement. In addition, Duane provides wellness support to the Trust and Safety Division of Tumblr, Flickr, Word Press, Automattic, Cloudflare, VSCO, MediaLab and Yahoo, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, International Justice Mission (IJM) field and headquarters staff, and the staff of local Child Advocacy Centers by creating and facilitating training, 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.

In Washington, DC, Duane worked with members of the military and their families through Military Onesource, and assisted families who identified loved ones at the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, through the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. He also served as the Director of Training and Education at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, 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. In 2016 Duane responded to La Loche Saskatchewan Canada to provide trauma support to the first responders following a school shooting with multiple fatalities. Most recently in 2022, Duane provided training for Missing Children Europe which is focused on reuniting Ukrainian children with their families when separated by the war in Ukraine.

What People Are Saying about This?

How the family culture can perpetuate generational trauma within families through complicit behaviors, complicit acceptance, and complicit loyalty which rationalizes and normalizes abuse and trauma and prevent victims from breaking free from the cycle of abuse.

- Kevin

You always have awesome speakers and I learn a lot from each of them! Learning how trauma is intergenerational and that secondary trauma is also a type of vicarious trauma that listeners experience–my words and that education is not enough to change the behavior…it takes determination and work to make change thank you for these great trainings!

- Teresa

Explaining intergenerational trauma by giving concrete examples and walking through those examples helped to demonstrate the huge impact trauma has; information was very comprehensive and presented clearly.

- Martina

The goals and steps of intergenerational trauma intervention through education, identifying the complicities and the impact of trauma, teamwork to make the necessary change, a deliberate approach to avoid past mistakes, and employing professionals in the process.

- Kati

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Course?

The price is $148 for each student. We do have discounts available for JCH Members and group purchases involving three or more personnel. Please contact for details

But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school. That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs. Split up into bite sized components, each course section can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less. And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.

What Internet Browsers Can I Use

We have tested the course using Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The Learning Management System does not work well with Firefox or Safari.

How Do I Log In?

Once we receive payment (online or check), we will contact you with instructions on how to log in. If you paid online, you should receive an email within five minutes.

How do I pay?

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Is there a brochure for this course?

Yes! You can download a course brochure here

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