Schedule Overview

Due to COVID, all workshops have been postponed until further notice.


Groups Trained by Ruby Jo Walker

Axis Health Care Mental Health Professionals
Pastoral Care Group
Child Advocacy Center
Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room Staff
Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff
Southwest Health System
Physical Therapy Group
LaPlata Youth Services
Body workers—Chiropractors, Rolfers, Craniosacral Therapists and Massage Therapists
Ute Mountain Ute Reservation
Statewide Trauma Conference for Medical Professionals
Ball State University Social Work Department
Four Corners Training Consortium
Violence Prevention Coalition
Yoga Durango

Lead Teaching Assistant for Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Training 2006-2008 & 2011-2013
TA for Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy 2012-2015, Phoenix, Kansas City, Tucson.
CME for Medical Professionals--Understanding Trauma
Community Training--Physiology of Trauma
Working with Physiology of Trauma
Regional Trauma Conference--"Understanding the Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Working with Trauma"


RUBY JO WALKER,LCSW, is an expert trainer on the forefront of the field of interpersonal neurobiology. She is the founder of Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy™. Her work focuses on helping clients (organizations or individuals) to create productive, healthy, and integrated relationships professionally and personally. She’s been a psychotherapist for over 27 years specializing in:

  • Trauma informed training
  • Polyvagal theory
  • Nervous system dysregulation
  • Developmental wounding
  • Growth work
  • Grief and loss, anxiety, depression
  • Issues encountered by adults in transition or engaging change
  • Childhood abuse issues
  • Therapist development, supervision and clinical consultation

Her trainings are useful to therapists, medical professionals, body workers, yoga teachers, pastoral care workers and spiritual advisors, advocates, helping professionals, and anyone wanting to understand trauma or the neurobiology of human experiences.

She brings the clarity and skillfulness of the latest information in applied brain science and the autonomic nervous system to her work with clients, therapists and groups. Having trained years in Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi and Organic Intelligence, as well as self-study with information from Dr. Bessel Vander Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Steven Porges, Dr. Rick Hanson, Paul Eckman, Bruce Ecker, Bonnie Badenoch, Peter Levine and Pat Ogden, she brings a broad and highly developed perspective to her trainings and supervision.

Somatic Therapy Certifications:
•  Certified Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist,
•  Hakomi™ Certified Therapist,
•  Ruby Jo Walker is also trained at the Expert Level in
   Organic Intelligence™ Somatic Therapy. Organic Intelligence



"Ruby Jo's presentation on the Neurobiology of Trauma was an incredible gift to our team. Her training style is engaging, informed, humorous, grounded and deeply human. She embodies the concepts she teaches and shares them with audiences in a very caring and conscientious way. As such, Ruby Jo models the content she shares and helps guide those in her trainings in how they, too, can embody this knowledge and utilize it in their daily work with clients and within their own lives, as well. We highly recommend her trainings for those working in the field of trauma recovery and resilience."

Jennifer Stith, Executive Director, WINGS


"Ruby Jo Walker offers a thoroughness in her information that makes me confident in her knowledge about working with the nervous system. I come away from every training ready to apply my new knowledge and skills to clients and am seeing fantastic results. Her enthusiasm for the work is evident and her ability to give examples is very helpful. This information crosses many different fields and I know it will impact the work of anyone who attends. I highly recommend these trainings."

Emily Newcomer, MEd, LPC


"Ruby Jo Walker presents the complex concepts of the autonomic nervous system in easy to understand language. She adapts her presentation to different audience needs and engages them through case examples. Questions are welcome and answers are thoughtful and confirm her expertise in the subject matter. I look forward to the next time I am able to attend one of Ms. Walker's talks."

John L. McManus, MD
Medical Director – Emergency Department
Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, CO


"Ruby Jo has extensive knowledge about neurobiology and can explain the newest research in ways that are easy to understand. Her trainings offer school counselors practical strategies to help increase self regulation skills in students so they are better able to be successful in the classroom."

Leah Tanke
Coordinator of School Counseling
Durango 9-R School District


Workshop Descriptions


Ruby Jo will be facilitating several consultation groups throughout this year. These groups are intended for professionals working with trauma who want individualized guidance and support from colleagues. Currently done as an online group.

Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Cost is $75 if paid 2 weeks before the event. $85 after that.

Schedule: Dec 2

60 Hour Training Certification
4 module series

Postponed due to COVID.

In this training series participants will deeply explore Post-Traumatic Growth from a nervous system and trauma-informed approach. This training will incorporate the newest neurobiological perspectives that facilitate both somatic trauma resolution, as well as embodied personal growth and resiliency. This training has a true non-pathologizing approach of neurobiology, recognizing that adaptations are connected to neurobiology and experiences—and based in our humanness.

This training is for the practitioner who wants their own growth to provide the container for supporting growth in their clients. Clients can generally only go as far as the practitioner, so the practitioner’s ability to be mindful of their own patterning—with its strengths and limits—will be a gentle focus, making each practitioner feel more effective and supported. The use of self to support growth and possibility will be a cornerstone of this method.

Developmental wounding’s impact on core beliefs, as well as neurobiological trauma states, can get in the way of post-traumatic growth. This training will deepen practitioners’ understanding of attachment styles, emotions, nervous system states, and how they all relate to supporting post-traumatic growth. With this understanding, participants will increase their ability to work with client nervous systems as well as their own.

The workshop will have presentations, demonstrations, videos, experiential exercises, and practice, all aimed at helping participants learn how to use these skills with themselves and others. In addition to the topics listed, each module will build from previous material and skills, and promote greater understanding, skillfulness and confidence.

This training pulls from Steven Porges and Polyvagal theory, as well as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Allan Shore, Dr. Rick Hanson, Diane Poole-Heller, Ron Kurtz, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Paul Erkman, Bonnie Badenoch, Bruce Ecker, and other leaders in the trauma neurobiology field.

Schedule (15 hours per module):

Friday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Saturday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Sunday:  9:30am-12:30pm

Module 1 - Participants will learn:

  • How to create the conditions for Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).
  • The neurobiology of trauma and resiliency.
  • How disrupted physiology connects to ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale).
  • How to have and develop skillful presence that promotes and signals safety in others.
  • How to identify important nervous system states and what they most need to move towards growth.
  • How to recognize the connection between state change and trait change in developing resiliency.
  • The phases of Post-Traumatic Growth.
  • How to support the nervous system by working with different states (and motor plans—remove) in the body for shifting nervous system arousal patterns.
  • How to utilize mindfulness principles and other neural exercises to support of post-traumatic growth and resiliency.
  • How to identifying and understand one’s own biology in a non-judgmental way.
  • Understanding the biology of deactivation of the nervous system.

Module 2 - Participants will learn:

  • Continued deepening and integration of material from previous module.
  • How to recognize the connection between state change and trait change in developing resiliency. (moved from above)
    Understanding the neurobiology attachment through the lens polyvagal theory.
  • How to recognize indicators which of the 4 attachment style a client is presenting from the beginning of the relationship.
  • The most effective ways of working with each attachment style.
  • How attachment style affects working with clients, as well as how to self-identify the practitioner’s attachment styles for increased effectiveness.
  • Have a deeper understanding of the biology of regulation: auto-regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation.
  • The neurobiology of compassion, as well as how to cultivate self-compassion.
  • How to work with and support shifts in “victim thinking.”

Module 3 - Participants will learn:

  • Continued deepening and integration of material from previous modules.
  • The neurobiology of developmental wounding and core beliefs.
  • How developmental wounding creates blocks to PTG.
  • The characteristics that are developed as an adaptation to each stage of development through the lens of the nervous system.
  • The strength and relational adaptations of each kind of developmental wounding.
  • How to work with core beliefs and how these connect to nervous system states of polyvagal theory.
  • How to identify personality characteristics connected to developmental wounding and corresponding nervous system states.
  • How the practitioner’s core beliefs affects work with others and how to broaden the scope of the practitioner as it relates to their own developmental wounding.

Module 4 - Participants will learn:

  • Continued deepening and integration of material from previous modules.
  • A deeper understanding of the neurobiology of healing and growth with deepened understanding of polyvagal theory.
  • Specific skills for working more deeply with the nervous system responses of fight, flight and freeze, using polyvagal theory as a lens.
  • How “stuck” biological states can contribute to delaying or blocking PTG.
  • How to Integrate post-traumatic growth qualities in ourselves.
  • More strategies to support client expansion and PTG.
  • The biology of shame and how it can block PTG as well as skills for increased effectiveness with shame.
  • How to use compassion and self-compassion to alleviate symptoms of shame.

A 2-hour consultation is included in the price of this training with Ruby Jo Walker.

Kristin Spiegel, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist and Train the Trainer for Bruce Perry will be doing a 1.5 hour training that teaches the “Understanding the Nervous System of Children” that will be optional for those interested in applying this work to children.

60 CEUs total
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room

Each module requires attendance at previous modules. To receive certification, students must attend all 4 modules.

$475 per Module if paid 2 weeks before the module,
$550 after that date.
Or entire training is $1675


This 2-hour workshop will cover the biological underpinnings of compassion and why it’s important for our physical health and emotional wellbeing. Our ability to feel compassion, both towards others and ourselves, impacts our physiology and capacity for post-traumatic growth. Feeling compassion also inhibits fear and activates courage—which supports mental health and helps people become more embodied. A deeper understanding of how to cultivate compassion for others and ourselves will be covered through both didactic and experiential learning.

We will be rescheduling this workshop in the Spring of 2021. Please check back for more details and contact Megan McCartney at with questions.

Through the Lens of the Nervous System

This didactic and experiential workshop explores the neurobiology of resiliency using a somatic approach. We now know that embodiment of resiliency, as well applying neurobiological principals, is the most effective way to promote resilience and post-traumatic growth, in ourselves and others. Using a nervous system lens, this workshops will teach participants how to create life-long patterns for growth and expansion. The skills learned are useful for practitioners, clients, parents, and anyone else wishing to develop resiliency in life. Trauma and resiliency are integral to the human experience. We cannot stop the suffering from trauma, but we can support and develop our own somatic resiliency for more whole-hearted living.

We will be rescheduling this workshop in the Spring of 2021. Please check back for more details and contact Megan McCartney at with questions.

Through the Lens of the Nervous System

This half-day workshop will present the latest information on the neurobiology of the parent child relationship. Attachment will be explored through the lens of the nervous system and how parents can best support children’s emotional regulation. This training will be both didactic and experiential, giving parents a gentle and safe exploration of how development and physiology affect the parent-child connection, promoting resiliency for both parent and child. Development will be covered from birth until adulthood so parents of any age child are welcome to attend.

We will be rescheduling this workshop in the Spring of 2021. Please check back for more details and contact Megan McCartney at with questions.


Cancellations receive a full refund up until 14 days prior to any workshop, minus a 25% processing fee.  Cancellations within 2 weeks, yet not closer than 2 days, receive a 50% refund until 48 hours prior.  And cancellations within 48 hours prior receive no refund.



Ruby Jo Walker, LCSW, SEP, CHT
Psychotherapist   •  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner   •   Certified Hakomi Therapist
2855 Main Avenue, Suite 107A, Durango, CO 81301    •     970-259-5711    •