Schedule Overview

Descriptions and details in right column...

Jan 10, 11, 12, 2020
2019 PTG MODULE 3 of 3

Feb 7
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA
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)   

Sept 4, 5, 6
POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH (PTG) MODULE 1 of 4

Oct 2, 3, 4
PTG MODULE 2 of 4

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

Nov 6, 7, 8
PTG MODULE 3 of 4

Jan 22, 23, 24 2021
PTG MODULE 4 of 4

 

 

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

 

Workshop Descriptions

PTG SOMATIC THERAPY CERTIFICATION TRAINING 2019
part 3

Jan 10-12, 2020
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$475 if paid by Dec 27th. ($525 after that date)

 

CONSULTATION GROUPS

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.

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

Schedule:

  • Feb 26
  • Apr 1
  • May 13
  • Aug 26
  • Dec 2

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA
Through the Lens of the 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.

Feb 7, 2020   •   Friday  •  9:30am - 5:00pm  •  6 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$165 if paid by Oct 2nd. ($195 after that date)

ATTACHMENT
Through the Lens of the Nervous System

This NEW trauma-informed workshop will highlight the role of the neurobiology of attachment in trauma and resiliency. Participants will learn how to support and work effectively with different attachment styles and be able to identify and understand how attachment adaptations occur from life events and developmental wounding. Participants will also learn about the neurobiological states that lead to attachment adaptations. This half-day workshop will include didactic information, exercises and self-exploration to understand one’s own attachment style while working with other attachment styles. This workshop will focus on the research of Steven Porges, Alan Shore, Bruce Perry, Diane Poole Heller, Dan Siegle, and others in the field of attachment and neurobiology.

Mar 6, 2020   •   Friday  •  9:30am - 5:00pm  •  6 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$165 if paid by Feb 21st. ($195 after that date)

SOMATIC RESILIENCY
Through the Lens of the Nervous System

This didactic and experiential workshop explores the neurobiology of resiliency and how to promote it in others, including learning about post-traumatic growth skills. Because we all encounter trauma, this workshop is key in supporting the development and strengthening of resiliency in working with others. The skills learned are also useful for practitioners, clients, parents and others interested in supporting their own resiliency in life. Truly, resiliency is relevant to all of us in the human race.
This trauma-informed class underlines how to create more resilient states and the corresponding neurobiology that leads to more full-hearted living.

May 1, 2020   •   Friday  •  12:45pm - 4:45pm  •  3 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$115 if paid by Apr 17th. ($145 after that date)

 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH SOMATIC THERAPY CERTIFICATION TRAINING
60 Hour Training Certification
4 module series in 2020–2021

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, and other leaders in the trauma neurobiology field.

Training Dates:

Module 1: Sept 4-5-6, 2020
Module 2: Oct 2-3-4, 2020
Module 3: Nov 6-7-8, 2020
Module 4: Jan 22-23-24, 2021

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 - Sept 4-5-6, 2020
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 - Oct 2-3-4, 2020
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 - Nov 6-7-8, 2020
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 - Jan 22-23-24, 2021
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.
or entire training is $1675 if paid by Aug 21, 2020.

 

 

PARENTING
Through the Lens of the Nervous System

Description forthcoming...

Oct 16, 2020   •   Friday  •  12:45pm - 4:45pm  •  3 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$115 if paid by Oct 2nd. ($145 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.

 

 

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