2019 Schedule Overview

3 part series

Sept 13-14-15 •  Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm
Oct 18-19-20 • Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm
Jan 10-11-12, 2020 • Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm

51 CEUs total (17 CEUs each block)
Early Payment for 1st block by Aug 30th, $475
Payments after that are $525 for this block
Entire training is $1295 if paid in full by August 30th
Description to the right...



Nov 8, 2019   •   Friday  •  9:30am - 5:00pm  •  6 CEUs
$165 if paid by Oct 25, 2019  •  $195 after that date
Description to the right...


2020 Schedule Preview

Feb 7
Through the Lens of the Nervous System

Mar 6
ATTACHMENT - Through the Lens of the Nervous System

May 1
SOMATIC RESILIENCY - Through the Lens of the Nervous System
(1/2 day)    $115/$145

Sept 4, 5, 6
$2,100/$525 per module

Oct 2, 3, 4

Oct 16
PARENTING -Through the Lens of the Nervous System
(1/2 day)   $115/$145

Nov 6, 7, 8

Jan 22, 23, 24 2021



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. Dan Siegel, Dr. Steven Porges, and Dr. Rick Hanson, she brings a broad and highly developed perspective to her trainings and supervision.

Somatic Therapy Certifications:
•  Certified Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist, traumahealing.org
•  Hakomi™ Certified Therapist,  hakomiinstitute.com
•  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



Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System

This trauma-informed workshop is applicable for professionals across fields as well as individuals interested in understanding trauma on a deeper level. Within this day-long training, participants will gain a clearer understanding of trauma and how it is held in the body, as well as its presentation in the nervous system. Trauma states, including behaviors, emotions, and physiological presentations will be covered. We will also explore the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (ACES) in a way that both further illuminates the effects of trauma in life and demonstrates how to utilize this material for the benefit of ourselves and our clients. This workshop is based on the work of Bessel Van der Kolk, Dan Siegel, Peter Levine, Steven Porges, Rick Hanson and others in the field. It will include lecture, video, practice, and exercises designed to increase comprehension of the neuroscience and biological basis of trauma.

Nov 1, 2019   •   Friday  •  9:00am - 4:30pm

Douglas County Libraries-Parker Library, Event Hall B, 
20105 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138

$175 if paid by Oct 16, 2019  ($195 after that date)

For registration questions, please contact Megan McCartney, MSW, at mccartneycounseling@gmail.com


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. We will meet on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $85 ($75 if paid 2 weeks ahead of time). A schedule is below:

Monday, November 4th  




3 module series in 2019–2020

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 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, as well as neurobiological trauma reactions, 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. 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, and other leaders in the trauma neurobiology field.

Training Dates:

Sept 13-14-15 •  Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm
Oct 18-19-20 • Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm
Jan 10-11-12, 2020 • Fri & Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 9:30am-2:00pm


Friday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Saturday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Sunday:  9:30am-3:00pm (modules 2 & 3)

Kristin Spiegel, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist and Train the Trainer for Bruce Perry will be doing a 3-hour training that teaches the “Understanding the Nervous System of Children” that will be scheduled with the group. This is included in the training.

Module 1: Sept 13-14-15, 15.5 CEUs
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 feel safety and 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 ANS 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.
  • How to work with and support shifts in “victim thinking.”

Module 2: Oct 18-19-20, 16.5 CEUs
Participants will learn:

  • How developmental wounding creates blocks to PTG.
  • How to work with blocking beliefs and how these connect to nervous system states.
  • How to identify personality characteristics connected to developmental wounding and corresponding nervous system states.
  • How Attachment Theory relates to the ANS.
  • How to identify which attachment style a client is presenting.
    The most effective ways of working with each attachment style.
  • How to cultivate self-compassion.
  • How one’s own developmental wounding affects work with others.

Module 3: Jan 10-11-12, 16.5 CEUs
Participants will learn:

  • Specific skills for working more deeply with the nervous system responses of fight, flight and freeze.
  • How these responses can contribute to delaying or blocking PTG.
  • How to Integrate post-traumatic growth qualities in ourselves.
  • More strategies to support client expansion and PTG.
  • Resources that support both trauma recovery and PTG.

A 2-hour consultation is included in the price of this training with Ruby Jo Walker, as well as, a lunch hour consultation by Kristin Spiegel, LCSW, Play Therapist on child adaptations for this type of work. Kristin is a Train the Trainer for Dr. Bruce Perry. The consultation with Ruby Jo will occur on October 7th from 5:30-7:30 and Kristin’s consult will take place between the 2nd and 3rd blocks of the training.

50 CEUs total
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room

Module 2 requires attendance in Module 1, and Module 3 requires attendance in Modules 1 & 2.

Payment for 2nd Module, $525

Payment for 3rd Module, $475 if paid by Dec 27 ($525 after that date)

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.



Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System

Based on our earlier life experiences, we develop personality “types” that inform our choices in life, how we relate to others, and our beliefs about the world. This is called our developmental wounding. These experiences evoke nervous system states that have their own deep influence on us and fundamentally underpin our beliefs. These nervous system states are biologically limiting. This means that the physiological patterns govern the way a person sees the world and how they can act and respond. Although no one is only a personality “type”, the map of personality is useful in both understanding ourselves: our attractions, aversions, motivations, and indifferences; and what influences other’s behaviors and expressions. Core beliefs about the world and how we find our place in life and in relationships, is governed by these nervous system imprints and the co-arising beliefs.

Our core beliefs tend to be around safety and contact, needs, authenticity and mutuality in relationship, personal power and freedom, and our sense of value and self-worth. These core beliefs are strategies that we use to assist us in getting through difficult times. Later in life, however, they can get in the way of us connecting with ourselves and others, and receiving the “nourishment” we need. Understanding this about ourselves and others can help us relate more compassionately, gracefully and effectively. This workshop will help participants cultivate a deeper understanding of core beliefs while working with clients, as well as understanding underlying nervous system presentations. It will include a lecture, discussion, and case examples with time to practice in small groups.

Nov 8, 2019   •   Friday  •  9:30am - 5:00pm  •  6 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$165 if paid by Oct 25, 2019  ($195 after that date)

For registration questions, please contact Megan McCartney, MSW, at mccartneycounseling@gmail.com



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