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Crucible® Clinical Workshop for 2018

Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy:
Six-Day Intensive Training #2

November 5-10, 2018
Monday through Saturday
9am - 5pm
Hotel Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael
San Rafael, California


Presented by
Dr. David Schnarch
Director, Crucible Institute


This workshop is now complete for 2017.
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or call our office at (303) 670-2630.

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In conjunction with Dr. Schnarch's new book, Brain Talk, which was released in English in January, 2018 and will be released in German later this year, we are announcing a new training workshop for therapists on Crucible Neurobiological Therapy. This year's Six Day Neurobiological Intensive Training #2 will broaden the scope of last year's Intensive Training, covering a second set of clinical methods, focusing on advanced ways of treating emotional regressions.


The information below on the 2017 Intensive is provided as a reference until this year's content details are available.
To be notified when more information is available, join our mailing list.
Workshop Overview for 2017

For the last several years, our "transitional" trainings on "Mind Mapping-Based Therapy" have been showing therapists how to integrate the brain science of mind mapping into dealing with common marital and family problems. This year our training shifts another step, towards teaching the heart and soul of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy. Whereas traditional Crucible Therapy focused on treating behavior-based relationship problems in a differentiation framework, Crucible Neurobiological Therapy is a brain-based treatment for interpersonal trauma.

This workshop offers four new areas of coverage:
  1. Diagnostic framework for interpersonal neurobiological problems
  2. Functional understanding of brain neuroscience necessary to treat traumatic mind mapping and subtle interpersonal trauma.
  3. Toolbox of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy clinical methods used to treat neurobiological problems.
  4. In-session psychophysiological measurement of clients and therapist.


What is an interpersonal neurobiological problem? This workshop lays out the spectrum of interpersonal neurobiological problems caused by subtle interpersonal trauma, existing outside the behavior-based DSM and ICDM frameworks. Diagnostic methods are also covered.

Methods-Based Focus: This new training focuses on interventions and methods specific to Crucible Neurobiological Therapy, including a range of modalities not previously covered in any of our workshops. It is loaded with practical examples from Dr. Schnarch's own practice, including recordings of actual treatment sessions and additional materials produced by clients. Learn how to effectively treat interpersonal neurobiological problems.

Empirical measurement: Bring empiricism to your clinical work and differentiate your practice from those of most therapists. Learn how to conduct in-session real-time physiological monitoring of clients and therapist to facilitate treatment and demonstrate your effectiveness. This program offers hands-on familiarization with the necessary technology.

Six-Day Format: Would you like a complete immersion experience into brain-based treatment of interpersonal trauma? To enhance training in our brain-based approach, we are returning to the six day Intensive Training format we originally used to teach behavior-based Crucible Therapy in the 1980s and 90s. This longer immersion experience facilitates several goals: It permits deeper learning of specific advanced clinical methodologies that facilitate application in practice.

We're also using the 6-day program to expedite dissemination of this new therapy and emergence of therapists trained in this approach. We will offer an additional 6-day Intensive Training (#2) in 2018, covering a second set of clinical methods (focusing on advanced ways of treating emotional regressions). These two trainings provide thorough exposure to the practical methods of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy.

By attending this workshop, you will learn:
  1. Typology of newly-discovered interpersonal neurobiological problems (omitted from DSM and ICDM).
  2. In-depth methods for treating and resolving severe as well as subtle interpersonal trauma, including
    1. Processing prior trauma images to remove flashbacks, memory problems, and allow full resolution
      1. Right-brain re-visualization and writing techniques for assessment and treatment.
        1. How best to analyze client writings.
        2. Commenting on clients' writing for maximum impact.
        3. Revisualization techniques.
    2. How best to deal with the antagonist/abuser, aging parents, and family pressures.
  3. Removing interpersonal neurobiological problems:
    1. Typical treatment patterns.
    2. Clinical strategy.
    3. Necessary steps in treatment.
    4. Eliciting problems in session.
    5. Explaining neurobiological problems to clients.
  4. Recorded demonstrations of Dr. Schnarch conducting Crucible Neurobiological Therapy.
  5. Opportunities to review and study clients' actual writings and revisualizations. From Dr. Schnarch's own clinical cases.
  6. Personal self-application of the methods being taught.
  7. Using in-session physiological monitoring of clients and therapist to augment treatment.
Schedule of topics for 2017

Please note all times are approximate. Because we are focusing on practical learning, case deconstruction, and participant involvement, everyone benefits from the freedom to pay more attention to some aspects more than others. This may alter the time devoted to each topic.

Topical Focus of the Day Day 1
Treating Interpersonal Trauma
Day 2
Visualization Techniques
Day 3
Writing Techniques
Day 4
Dealing with People Who Create Traumatic Mind Mapping
Day 5
Treating Neurobiological Problems
Day 6
In-Session Physiological Monitoring
Morning Session Understanding Interpersonal Trauma Typical Client Experiences with Visualizations Targeted Client Writing Activities Dealing with "Emotional Superglue " Types of Neurobiological Problems Using In-Session Physiological Monitoring in Treatment
  Break Break Break Break Break Break
Late Morning Session Overview of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Processing Situationally-Accessible Traumatic Memory Writing Samples from Clients: Typical Evolution Key Aspects of Dealing With Antagonists Eliciting & Detecting Neurobiological Problems Hardware and Software Familiarization
  Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Afternoon Session The Neurobiology of Trauma: Causes and Impacts Therapist's Role in Assisting Client's Visualizations Therapist's Comments on Client Writings Helping Clients Make "Gold-standard Responses" Client Reactions To Having Neurobiological Problems Understanding Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
  Break Break Break Break Break Break
Late Afternoon Session Setting Up Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Doing Personal Visualization Doing Your Own Writing Situational Considerations With Antagonists Typical Patterns of Resolution HRV biofeedback

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level of postgraduate training.

For information on the Workshop Presenter, click here. To review his vita, click here for Dr. David Schnarch.

The complete Learning Objectives for the San Rafael Clinical Workshop will be available here.

Registration for the San Rafael 6-Day Intensive:

Early registration (received by September 25, 2018) - $875.00
Standard registration - $950.00

Fees include coffee and beverage breaks. Lunch is on your own all days.

Please Note: The San Rafael, CA Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshop will be filmed for archive and research purposes. These recordings will be used in our subsequent trainings for mental health professionals and will not be shown on television or to the general public. All cameras will be aimed at Dr. Schnarch, as recording what he says and does is the object of this project. However, your appearance or voice could incidentally appear on camera or be recorded through your participation in the workshop. For this reason we ask that all participants sign a video release (click here to view & print) allowing us to video tape you as a part of the workshop and to use the video tape solely at our discretion for future training/educational/informational programs. Before completing your registration, please review completely the release and be sure you are comfortable with signing it. All participants in this workshop must complete the release as part of the registration process.

For details of the San Rafael, CA Workshop location, lodging and parking, click here.

San Rafael, CA Cancellation Policy:
By Written Request Only.
  When cancellation is received by September 26, 2018: full refund minus $150;
  Received by October 16, 2018: 50% refund;
  Thereafter 25% refund, no refund after start of Workshop.

To complete your registration, you must complete the Workshop Agreement and Conflicts of Interest Disclosure (View and print here) and Video Release (View and print here) and return these forms to us. Your Registration is not confirmed until MFHC has received and approved these forms. After completing payment, please print these pages, sign, and fax to our office at (303) 670-2392 or email to


Continuing Education Credits:

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Six Day Intensive Workshop #2:
  This program is sponsored by the Marriage and Family Health Center (MFHC, also doing business as the Crucible Institute). 

Marriage & Family Health Center (MFHC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5870. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MFHC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This workshop earns 39 NBCC Clock Hours.

MFHC is also an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TEXAS SW), and this workshop earns: Six Day Workshop 39 CE Credits.

CE Credits $15.00 per certificate requested.  If you need CE credits, you must take responsibility for checking to see if we have approval for your agency or licensing board.  We have participants coming from all over the United States and outside the United States. Thus, we cannot guarantee CE credits for every State or Agency.  Many professional organizations will accept the CE Credits from parallel organizations, but it is your responsibility to confirm status with your professional organization.  The variations of the exact amount of CE hours depend on each Agency’s policy regarding breaks.

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This workshop makes good therapists better, combining the fine art of psychotherapy with evolving brain science. Reserve your space in this exciting clinical training.