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Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy Certification Training



Neurobiology trainings build understanding and compassion for human experience 

2024 Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy Certification 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.



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


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

Erin Lowry, Training Coordinator



January 12, 13, 14, 2024

February 2, 3, 4, 2024

February 23, 25, 25, 2024



9-5:30 pm with 1.5 hour lunch 

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



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



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 to learn more.

Questions? Contact Erin Lowry, Training Coordinator,


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.


  • 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.

Coming to Durango in 2024, dates to be announced. Please reach out to Ruby Jo Walker, at swtraumatraining@gmail if you are interested. 

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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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