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2024 TRAININGS:

Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy Certification Training

COMING TO TUCSON &
DURANGO IN 2024-25

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Neurobiology trainings build understanding and compassion for human experience 

2024 Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy Certification Training

 

FOUNDATIONS OF POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH SOMATIC TRAINING

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 somatic trauma resolution and embodied personal growth and resiliency. This training has a true non-pathologizing approach to neurobiology, recognizing that adaptations are connected to neurobiology and experiences—and based on our humanness.

QUICK LINKS:

Albuquerque, NM – June 2024

Advanced PTG Training – Durango, CO – September 13 - October 6, 2024

Fawning and Appeasement – Durango, CO – November 8, 2024

Advanced PTG Training – Tucson, AZ – January 11-26, 2025

Fawning and Appeasement – Tucson, AZ – January 24, 2025

Foundations of PTG Training – Tucson, AZ – February, 2025

ALBUQUERQUE, NM PTG TRAINING 

Introduction to Applied Somatics in Trauma Treatment

June 28, 2024

6-hour in-person training—6 CEUs available pending approval

9:30am - 5:00pm (1.5 hour lunch)  

 

Trauma is now recognized as having a physical component and requires interventions that address the body for the most effective treatment. The perspective of neurobiology provides a non-judgmental approach to all trauma symptoms and presentations. This training will use the lens of the nervous system, specifically polyvagal theory, to aid in the process of trauma recovery. Participants will gain a better understanding

of trauma and practice skills to enhance their effectiveness in supporting individuals with trauma. The class will provide a safe and supportive environment to model this approach.

 

Contact: Jasper McCay jasperlynnmckay@gmail.com for information on this training only 

For other training information: Please contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

 

Cost: $165 for early registration, $185 after June 14, 2024  (due 2 weeks before) 

Location: State Bar Conference Room, 5121 Masthead St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

ADVANCED PTG TRAINING – DURANGO, CO

September 13-15 and October 4-6, 2024 (Saturdays and Sundays)

40 hours total

9:00am - 5:30pm Friday/Saturday, 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday (1.5 hour lunch) 

(maximum size group is 9) 

This training is for practitioners who have completed the foundational year of PTG training. Contact Ruby Jo Walker if you have any questions about this. 

 

Cost: $1750 and maximum participants is 15 

Location: Fort Lewis College, Student Union Senate Chambers, Durango, CO 

Contact: Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

DURANGO, CO PTG TRAINING

BEYOND FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE:  
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF FAWNING AND APPEASEMENT

November 8, 2024

6 hours total

9:30am - 5:00pm (1.5 hour lunch) 

While the trauma-response term of flight-flight-freeze has been readily recognized in both professional and layperson circles, the concept of fawning and appeasement are being seen as adaptive trauma responses also. This training will explain how fawning and appeasement are connected to biological drives to stay safe; both biological adaptations come from being in a down-power position that will often inhibits the healing process. The training will describe the neurobiology of both these trauma adaptations and strategies on how to identify and support new options to move a client from victim to survivor. Supporting victims/survivors effectively with a deeper understanding of these adaptations is critical as it empowers and restores agency. This information is cutting-edge and mini-workshops of this topic have been presented at National Trauma Training Conferences for victim service providers. 

 

Cost: $165 for early registration, $185 after Jan 10, 2025 (due 2 weeks before) 

Location: Fort Lewis College, Student Union Senate Chambers, Durango, CO 

Contact: Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

ADVANCED PTG TRAINING – TUCSON, AZ

January 11-12 and January 25-26, 2025 (Saturdays and Sundays)

28 hours total

9:00am - 5:30pm both days (1.5 hour lunch) 

(maximum size group is 9) 

 

Cost: $1250 (Class limited to 8 people for individualized supervision and support )  

Location:  Love Life Therapy Center, LLC., 1430 E Ft Lowell Rd, Suite 210 Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact: Erin Lowry, Coordinator erin@lovelifetherapycenter.com for Tucson trainings only .

For other training information: Please contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

TUCSON, AZ PTG TRAINING

BEYOND FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE:  
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF FAWNING AND APPEASEMENT

January 24, 2025

6 hours, CEUs available

9:30am - 5:00pm (1.5 hour lunch) 

While the trauma-response term of flight-flight-freeze has been readily recognized in both professional and layperson circles, the concept of fawning and appeasement are being seen as adaptive trauma responses also. This training will explain how fawning and appeasement are connected to biological drives to stay safe; both biological adaptations come from being in a down-power position that will often inhibits the healing process. The training will describe the neurobiology of both these trauma adaptations and strategies on how to identify and support new options to move a client from victim to survivor. Supporting victims/survivors effectively with a deeper understanding of these adaptations is critical as it empowers and restores agency. This information is cutting-edge and mini-workshops of this topic have been presented at National Trauma Training Conferences for victim service providers. 

 

Cost: $165 for early registration, $185 after Jan 10, 2025 (due 2 weeks before) 

Location:  Love Life Therapy Center, LLC., 1430 E Ft Lowell Rd, Suite 210 Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact: Erin Lowry, Coordinator erin@lovelifetherapycenter.com for Tucson trainings only .

For other training information: Please contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

FOUNDATIONS OF PTG TRAINING – TUCSON, AZ

9:00am - 5:30pm Friday - Sunday (1.5 hour lunch) 

63 CEUs available

Module 1: February 21-23, 2025, 9:00am - 5:30pm Friday - Sunday

Module 2: March 7-9, 2025, 9:00am - 5:30pm Friday - Sunday

Module 3: March 28-30, 2025, 9:00am - 5:30pm Friday - Sunday

 

Cost: $2150 if paid one month ahead/otherwise $765/block early registration paid 2 weeks before  $795/block 

Location:  Love Life Therapy Center, LLC., 1430 E Ft Lowell Rd, Suite 210 Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact: Erin Lowry, Coordinator erin@lovelifetherapycenter.com for Tucson trainings only .

For other training information: Please contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

DURANGO TRAINING

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 

April 5-7, 2024
April 26-28, 2024
May 17-19, 2024

Friday and Saturdays 9am - 5:30pm, Sundays 8:30am - 5pm

Fort Lewis College, Student Union Senate Chambers

DURANGO DATES: 

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 

April 5-7, 2024

April 26-28, 2024

May 17-19, 2024

 

TIME:

Fridays and Saturdays 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sundays 8:30am - 5:00pm

Two 1.5 hour Group Consultation blocks are included for 66 hours total training 

 

BUSINESS SPONSOR & LOCATION:

Fort Lewis College, Student Union Senate Chambers

1000 Rim Dr, Durango, CO 81301

 

COST:

SAVE $235!

PRICE: Early Discounted 3-Module cost if total is paid by March 5, 2024 – $2150

(Price is $235 off the regular rate of $2385, and $145 off the 3-Module discount price of $2295.)

Module 1:

April 5 - 7, 2024 – if paid by March 22, $765, after that date $795

Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD44 for $30 off if you register by March 22, 2024.

Module 2:

April 26 - 28, 2024 – if paid by April 12, $765, after that date $795

Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD45 for $30 off if you register by April 12, 2024.

Module 3:

May 17 - 19, 2024 – if paid by May 5, $765, after that date $795 

Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD46 for $30 off if you register by May 5, 2024.

You’re welcome to pay by check to avoid service fees.

Contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com to learn more.

My previous Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy Certification Training was 4 modules.

This class contains the same training in a 3-day format. The price was the same as last year’s early registration cost. After March 5, you can register for each module separately. Modules are consecutive and you need to attend the first module to continue to the second and third.

 

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 soft focus, making each practitioner feel more effective and supported. Using self to support growth and possibility will be a cornerstone of this method.

 

Developmental wounding’s impact on core beliefs and neurobiological trauma states can get in the way of post-traumatic growth. This training will deepen practitioners’ understanding of attachment and relational adaptations, 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 clients' nervous systems and 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 is grounded in Dr. Steven Porges Polyvagal Theory. It also pulls from Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Allan Shore, Dr. Rick Hanson, Diane Poole-Heller, Ron Kurtz, Peter Levine, Deb Dana, and Pat Ogden.

 

Each module is 21 hours, and includes two 1.5 Supervision/Consultation Groups in between modules.  It is a total 66 hours of training.

TUCSON TRAINING

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 

January 12, 13, 14, 2024

February 2, 3, 4, 2024

February 23, 25, 25, 2024

This training is sponsored and partially subsidized by Love Life Therapy Center, LLC

Erin Lowry, Training Coordinator 
erin@lovelifetherapycenter.com

TUCSON DATES: 

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 

January 12, 13, 14, 2024

February 2, 3, 4, 2024

February 23, 25, 25, 2024

 

TIME:

9-5:30 pm with 1.5 hour lunch 

Two 1.5 hour Group Consultation blocks are included for 66 hours total training 

 

BUSINESS SPONSOR & LOCATION:

1430 E. Ft Lowell Rd, Suite 210, Tucson, AZ 85719 

 

COST:

Discounted 3-Module Cost if total is paid one month ahead, by December 12, 2023: $1700

After December 12, you may register per module:
Early Registration Cost, 2 weeks ahead of each training module: $610/per block 

Regular Registration Cost, within 2 weeks of date of each training module: $650/per block 

Module 1:
$650. Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD37 for $40 off if you register by December 29.

Module 2:
$650. Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD38 for $40 off if you register by January 19.

Module 3:
$650. Use Coupon Code EARLYBIRD39 for $40 off if you register by February 9.

Limited student rates available.

You’re welcome to pay by check to avoid service fees.

Contact Ruby Jo Walker at swtraumatraining@gmail.com to learn more.

Questions? Contact Erin Lowry, Training Coordinator, erin@lovelifetherapycenter.com

 

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 soft focus, making each practitioner feel more effective and supported. Using self to support growth and possibility will be a cornerstone of this method.

 

Developmental wounding’s impact on core beliefs and neurobiological trauma states can get in the way of post-traumatic growth. This training will deepen practitioners’ understanding of attachment and relational adaptations, 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 clients' nervous systems and 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 is grounded in Dr. Steven Porges Polyvagal Theory. It also pulls from Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Allan Shore, Dr. Rick Hanson, Diane Poole-Heller, Ron Kurtz, Peter Levine, Deb Dana, and Pat Ogden.  

 

Each module is 21 hours, and includes two 1.5 Supervision/Consultation Groups in between modules.  It is a total 66 hours of training.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • How to create the conditions for Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).

  • The neurobiology of trauma and resiliency.

  • How to have and develop a skillful presence that promotes and signals safety in others.

  • How to identify nervous system states and what they most need to move towards growth.

  • The phases of Post-Traumatic Growth.

  • How to support the nervous system by working with different trauma motor plans of fight/flight/freeze/shutdown in the body for shifting nervous system arousal patterns.

  • Understanding appeasement as biological response and ways to be more effective in working with it. 

  • Understanding the biology of deactivation of the nervous system and the pathways that support this deactivation. 

  • Learning attunement skills to promote safety.

  • Understanding the neurobiology of attachment and regulation through the lens of polyvagal theory.

  • How to recognize indicators of attachment adaptations in client presentation and skills to be more effective in promoting co-regulation. 

  • How attachment adaptation affects working with clients, as well as how to self-identify the practitioner’s attachment adaptation for increased effectiveness.

  • Have a deeper understanding of the biology of regulation: auto-regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation.

  • How to utilize mindfulness principles and other neural exercises to support post-traumatic growth and resiliency.

  • The neurobiology of developmental wounding and core beliefs.

  • How developmental wounding creates blocks to PTG.

  • The personality characteristics that are developed as an adaptation to each stage of development through the lens of the nervous system.

  • Identifying the strength and limits of relational adaptations of each kind of developmental wounding.

  • How to work with core beliefs and how these connect to nervous system states defined by polyvagal theory.

  • Understanding how trauma identity forms as part of core beliefs.

  • The biology of shame and how it can block PTG as well as skills for increased effectiveness with shame.

  • How to use the neurobiology of self-compassion to alleviate symptoms of shame.

  • How to support shifts in “victim thinking” and finding meaning after trauma.

  • How to work with event trauma.

  • How to integrate post-traumatic growth qualities in ourselves.

 

2 1.5 hour Consultation/Supervision Groups are included in the price of this training with Ruby Jo Walker.

66 CEUs total

 

Each module requires attendance at previous modules. To receive certification, students must attend all 3 modules or make arrangements with the instructor.

 

Please reach out to Ruby Jo Walker, at swtraumatraining@gmail.com if you have questions. 

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"As a therapist, my learning from Ruby Jo Walker's Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy training has been immense. I have grown as a person and therapist in ways that I had not imagined. I am not only more confident in practicing somatic therapy, but I actually have renewed my passion for the work and am finding myself more engaged and less burned-out as a result! Ruby Jo's teaching and facilitation style is amazing and is the perfect platform for my learning style. I leave the trainings feeling inspired, energized, connected, and not overwhelmed or exhausted. It has also been amazing to connect with other professions and build community through the practices and activities we engage in. I feel confident in this model of therapy and have seen it to be healing and effective with my clients!"

Aaron Belson, LCSW 

 

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