May, September & November

The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Growth

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 Schedule:

Thursday:  9:30-5:00 (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Friday:  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.
Saturday  9:30-12:30

Block 1: May 10-11-12
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: Sept 20-21-22
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: Nov 8-9-10
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:

The first consultation is with Ruby Jo on July 25th, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Location to be announced. This consult time is a way to get questions answered and to explore cases and applications to support the learning and integration of this approach in a way to deepen students learning..

The 2nd consultation is a 2-hour group consultation with Kristin Spiegel, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist, and Licensed School Psychologist. This consult will take place after the training is complete at a time and place to be determined during the training. The focus will be on helping to integrate this approach to children with time for case presentations and questions. This consult is in addition to the consultations with Kristin in each block.

45 CEUs total (15 CEUs each block)

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

Early Payment for 2nd block by Sept. 7th $400.

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.)

Early Payment for 3rd block by Oct. 26th $400.

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.


Trainings in 2019 - dates to be determined

Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System - 1 day


Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System - 1 day


Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System - 3 part series


Through the Lens of the Autonomic Nervous System - 1 day

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 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 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.

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