Schedule Overview

Workshop/Training descriptions, timing, costs to the right...

(Zoom only)
October 20, 2021, 4:00pm-5pm

Nov 4 - 6, 2021
Dec 2 - 4, 2021
Jan 6 - 8, 2022
Feb 24 - 26, 2022

CONSULTATION GROUPS (see below this column)
October 27, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 15, 2021


Groups Trained by Ruby Jo Walker

Counseling and Education Center—Grand Junction
Heartlight Grief Center—Denver
CALA—Colorado Assisted Living Association—Denver
Colorado Emergency Room Nurses—statewide
Pinion Navajo Reservation—Arizona
Montezuma Creek Navajo Reservation—Utah
Shiprock Navajo Reservation Behavioral Health—New Mexico
Native American Law Center, Farmington, NM 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"


Trainings Presented

The Neurobiology of Trauma
Cultivating Resilience Using the Lens of Neurobiology
The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Growth
Somatic Resilience
The Neurobiology of Grief and Loss
The Neurobiology of Attachment
The Neurobiology of Anxiety and Depression
Applying the Neurobiology of Self-Compassion
The Effect of the Pandemic on Interpersonal Neurobiology
Building Psychobiological Resilience Post-Pandemic
Parenting Using the Lens of Neurobiology
Somatic Psychotherapy Skills Training
Personality Development through the Lens of the Nervous System



With 30 years of experience, Ruby Jo Walker, LCSW is an expert trainer and therapist specializing in the neurobiology of trauma and resilience. She is the founder of Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy--a unique blend of cutting edge somatic therapy practices rooted in the fields of neurobiology, trauma healing, attachment, resilience and polyvagal theory. She works with helping professionals and clients to incorporate interpersonal neurobiology for deep change and transformation.

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



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. Ruby Jo has done over 31,000 therapy sessions and brings this experience, along with years of somatic study in hakomi, SE, Organic Intelligence, as well as her own lens of Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy to the supervision/consultation group.  This group has a polyvagal-informed lens, as well as general neurobiological principles and trauma-informed—utilizing the nervous system and client wholeness as the foundation of working with clients more effectively. Therapist support is also a very primary goal in this group.  This is  an online group.

Due to a limited group size, we are not able to do refunds for any late cancellations.

Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.


October 27, 2021 • $85
November 17, 2021 • $75 if paid by Nov 3.
December 15, 2021 • $75 if paid by Dec 1.



Workshop Descriptions

As we are deeply committed to the health and safety of all participants at in-person trainings, we will follow all CDC and local health guidelines that exist for gatherings like this at the time. Best practices and protocols for health will become clearer as we get closer to August and in person trainings. At a minimum, we will ask people who are not vaccinated to wear masks at all times while inside and socially distance. Please let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns around these possible requirements.




This online workshop will use the lens of the nervous system to understand how to apply self-compassion to one’s life. Research identifies self-compassion as one of the pillars of resilience—as it seems to be good at both preventing anxiety and depression—as well as reducing to mental health issues. This training will include both didactic information and experiential exercises to support the skill of embodying self-compassion. It is recommended of anyone interested in personally applying self-compassion to his/her/their live(s).

Wednesday, October 20 4:00pm-5pm
Online via ZOOM ONLY


60 Hour Training Certification
4 module series

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):

Thursday:  4:30pm-7:30pm 
Friday:  9:30am-5:00pm (Lunch 12:30-2:00)
Saturday:  9:30am-5:00pm (Lunch 12:30-2:00)

Nov 4 - 6, 2021
Dec 2 - 4, 2021
Jan 6 - 8, 2022
Feb 24 - 26, 2022

Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301

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.

60 CEUs total

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

A la carte modules (1 weekend/15 hours)
- Early bird: $475 (if paid 2 weeks before)
- Regular: $555



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    •