November 2018

RESILIENCY AFTER TRAUMA
The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Growth

May 10, 11, 12    +    Sept 20, 21, 22    +    Nov 8, 9, 10
Durango Public Library Conference Room.


(Payment only for students already enrolled in the PTG training or who have talked with the instructor about joining the program.)


Early Payment for 3rd block by Oct. 26th $400. For the November block.  TRAINING FILLED AT THIS POINT.


Payments after that are $465 for this block.
(Payment only for students already enrolled in the PTG training or who have talked with the instructor about joining the program.)


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.

 

 

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. 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.

Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
Certified Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist,
Hakomi™ Certified Therapist
Ruby Jo Walker is also trained at the Expert Level in Organic Intelligence™ Somatic Therapy.

 

 

"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

 

 

Trainings in 2019

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA
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.

Feb 1, 2019 •  Friday • 9:30am - 5:00pm • 6 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$165 if paid by Jan 18, 2019  •  $195 after that date

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

 

 

ATTACHMENT
Through the Lens of the Autonomic 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.

March 1, 2019  •  Friday • 12:45pm - 4:45pm • 4 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$115 if paid by Feb 16, 2019, 5pm   •  $145 after that date.

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

 

 

INTRODUCTION
TO POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH
Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System

Trauma can expand who we are and create life-long resiliency.  This expansion comes from developing certain traits that are connected to nervous system states.  This workshop will focus on promoting post-traumatic growth, supporting deeper connection to personal essence and resiliency. This workshop is based on neurobiological principles that support resiliency on a biological level.  Trauma can be a portal into expansion and this workshop will explore how to promote this in oneself and clients.  The workshop will include didactic information, exercises and practices to support growth.

May 3, 2019  •  Friday  •  9:30am - 5:00pm  •  6 CEUs
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room
$165 if paid by April 19, 2019  •  $195 after that date

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

 

 

POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH
Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System - 3 part series in 2019–2020

In this workshop series participants will deeply explore Post-Traumatic Growth from a nervous system and trauma-informed approach. We will incorporate the newest neurobiological perspectives that facilitate both trauma resolution, as well as personal growth and resiliency.

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

Training Dates:

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

Schedule:

Friday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Saturday:  9:30-5:00  optional lunch from 12:30-1:30 with Kristin Spiegel, LCSW.   Kristin is a Train the Trainer for Dr. Bruce Perry, Hakomi Trained, Registered Play Therapist, and an expert in children and treating the neurobiology trauma.
Sunday:  9:30-12:30

Block 1: Sept 13-14-15
How to create the conditions for Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).
Understand the neurobiology of trauma and resiliency.
How the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) has a need for completion.
How disrupted physiology connects to ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale).
How to support the ANS by working with different states and motor plans in the body.
How to utilize mindfulness principles and other exercises to support of Post-Traumatic Growth and Resiliency.
Learn to identify important nervous system states.

Block 2: Oct 18-19-20
How developmental wounding creates blocks to PTG.
How to work with blocking beliefs and how these connect to nervous system states.
Identifying personality characteristics connected to developmental wounding and corresponding nervous system states.
Understand Attachment Theory as it relates to the ANS.
Learn to identify which attachment style a client is presenting.
Learn the most effective ways of working with each attachment style.

Block 3: Jan 10-11-12
Learn and practice specific skills for working more deeply with the nervous system responses of fight, flight and freeze.
Learn how these responses can contribute to PTG.
Further strategies supporting client expansion and PTG.
Resources that support both trauma recovery and PTG.

Two 2-hour consultations are included in the price of this training:

One 2-hour Free consultation with both Ruby Jo Walker is included in this price as well as one 2-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. These consultation times will be determined by the group.

45 CEUs total (15 CEUs each block)
Durango, La Plata Fairgrounds, Pine Room

Early Payment for 1st block by Aug 30th, $425
Payments after that are $475 for this block

Entire training is $1175 if paid in full by August 30th

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.

 

 

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
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