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Crucible® Clinical Workshops

Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy (CNT)
Intensive Workshop Series


This workshop is now complete for 2017.

The Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshop series offers new ways to treat highly troubled couples and individuals from dysfunctional backgrounds. It offers the first fully developed therapy based on the brain science of mind-mapping—the brain’s innate ability to make a mental map of another person’s mind.

Mind-mapping lets you intuit what other people are thinking and feeling, what they want, and what they are likely to do. Mind Mapping also lets you know yourself and understand your own feelings and motivations. It’s at the heart of self-awareness, introspection and how we come to understand ourselves.

Mind Mapping greatly determines how people act in relationships. Mind-mapping helps you create or improve good things like:

  • Intimacy and sex
  • Effective parenting
  • Effective leadership
  • Teaching and training
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Encouragement and emotional support
  • Pleasant surprise

Mind mapping also underlies the worst parts of relationships: People who repeatedly do cruel, unhelpful, disappointing and/or hurtful things succeed because of their mind-mapping ability--rather than their lack of it. This workshop offers new ways of addressing:

  • Lying and deception
  • Manipulation
  • Bullying
  • Emotional abuse
  • Extramarital affairs

Mind-mapping changes your view of relationships: It’s much easier to accept a dysfunctional relationship when you think your partner is socially inept or mind-blind. People who repeatedly do cruel, unhelpful, disappointing and/or hurtful things succeed because they have mind-mapping ability, not because they lack it. When you realize your partner is tracking your responses, mapping your mind, and using this against you, stuck relationships quickly reach critical mass for change.

Another critical piece involves recognizing mind-masking, the brain’s ability to ward off being mapped by someone else. Good mind-maskers can make you think they completely lack mind mapping ability. Understanding mind masking will completely change your view of your personal relationships. If you’re a therapist, it will change your picture of your cases too.

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy

Mind-mapping-based Crucible Neurobiological Therapy creates entirely different treatment dynamics and closes the loopholes clients escape through. People make difficult self-acknowledgements they would otherwise reject, and self-confrontations they would usually avoid, because the data stream and therapy process is unanticipated. These rapid developments de-escalate hostility and encourage positive brain plasticity in long-troubled couples.

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy also focuses on interpersonal neurobiology: the physiological processes of traumatic mind-to-mind contact. It is based on 12 years of clinical innovation and case study research using mind-mapping therapy with highly-troubled clients from around the world. The most complete description of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy is the book, Brain Talk: How Mind Mapping Brain Science Can Chance Your Life and Everyone in It by Dr. David Schnarch (2018, Sterling Publishers). The underlying brain science is also fully referenced there.

Traumatic mind-mapping. Crucible Neurobiological Therapy focuses on how traumatic mind-mapping profoundly impacts your brain. Traumatic mind mapping occurs when successfully mapping out someone else's mind blows your mind and impacts your brain. Repeated traumatic mind-mapping, especially during childhood, creates short-term and long-term negative brain impacts that surface as neurobiological problems (e.g., holes in autobiographical memory, gaps in mind-mapping ability, impaired cognitive and emotional functioning.)

Understanding traumatic mind mapping revolutionizes your picture of how emotional trauma and sexual abuse occurs. The vast majority of sexual abuse occurs via traumatic mind mapping rather than physical contact. Traumatic mind-mapping dramatically impacts therapists and clients alike. Every therapist sometimes gets "spaghetti brain" from upsetting realizations about clients or hearing their terrible experiences.

Brain-to-Brain Therapy. Crucible Neurobiological Therapy is designed to resolve the negative interpersonal neurobiological impacts of these and other subtle traumas. In CNT, the mind/brain of the therapist is a primary treatment tool. CNT is “brain to brain” therapy, involving intense mind-mapping between client and therapist throughout the therapy session.

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshop Series

The Crucible Neurobiological Therapy workshop series gives you a functional understanding of brain science that can make you a better therapist. It shows you practical methods to harness interpersonal neurobiology through the clinical application of mind-mapping in therapy and daily life.

Right-brain learning. These workshops develop your clinical abilities to use mind mapping in therapy through extensive use of audio/video recordings, detailed case material, and personal application. These modalities maximize practical application and intuitive learning.

Four-Day Crucible Mind Mapping Therapy Workshop

The Four-day Crucible Mind Mapping Therapy Workshop teaches the rudiments of mind-mapping-based therapy, as applied to conventional therapy or Crucible Therapy (our unique differentiation-based therapy for couples, individuals and families). It shows you how to:

  • Introduce mind mapping into your psychotherapy sessions, and
  • Use it to accelerate treatment and enhance outcomes.
  • Break through couple’s emotional gridlock and collusive alliances.
  • Produce intensely intimate psychotherapy sessions.
  • Develop new pictures of what’s going on.

It covers critical topics like:

  • Who has mind mapping and who doesn’t?
  • Impact of troubled homelife on developing mind-mapping ability.
  • Introducing mind-mapping in sessions: best practices.
  • Using mind-mapping to analyze clients’ self report and turn them into far-reaching insights and effective interventions.
  • Detecting client’s mind-mapping and mind-masking abilities.
  • Recognize traumatic mind-mapping in clients’ reported experiences and identify short and long term neurobiological impacts.
  • Impacts of repeated disgust reactions on autobiographical memory, mind mapping accuracy,
  • Become more resilient to traumatic mind-mapping during therapy sessions.
  • Empathy, antisocial empathy and compassion.
  • Childhood traumatic mind-mapping in likely-to-fail clients
Six-Day Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Intensive Workshop

The Six-Day Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshop focuses more specifically on the impacts of traumatic mind mapping. It teaches about (1) interpersonal neurobiological problems resulting from traumatic mind mapping and repeated involuntary disgust reactions, and (2) treatment of these problems through the methods of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy.

This six day program utilizes a complete emersion experience to facilitate intuitive learning and nuanced appreciation of brain function, and create a more transformative process for participants. The one goal of the CNT Therapy Workshop is for participants to learn enough to begin applying these methods in their current clinical practices.

The 2017 Intensive Workshop taught participants about:

  • Detecting subtle neurobiological shifts in clients’ brain function during psychotherapy sessions.
  • Recognizing traumatic mind mapping episodes and their impacts in clients
  • Types of interpersonal neurobiological problems and their symptoms
  • Basic CNT methods
    • Maintaining ongoing intense “brain-to-brain” contact with clients
    • Using visualization to resolve traumatic mind mapping experiences
    • Written mental dialogues by clients interacting with their antagonist
    • Dealing with antagonists in real life
  • In-session psychophysiological monitoring of clients and therapist


2019 Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Six Day Intensive Workshop #3
November 11 - 16, 2019
9 am to 5 pm
Denver, Colorado
(Details to be announced)


Presented by
Dr. David Schnarch

The #2 Intensive workshop will be offered in Ulm, Germany on May 20-25, 2019, and the #3 Intensive workshop will be offered in Helmstedt, Germany on October 27 - November 1, 2019. Click here for more information.
For more information on our US workshops, be sure to join our mailing list, or call (303) 670-2630.


We've learned a lot about teaching Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy (CNT) from our 2017 six-day intensive workshops. The great feedback we received helped us identify what really works for participants.

Learning to do brain-based Crucible Neurobiological Therapy is not about studying a new theory or talking about it intellectually, or memorizing brain anatomy. It's about developing your brain's ability to detect other people's mind mapping and mind masking abilities.

In keeping with this, our new book, Brain Talk, now provides the basic brain science about mind mapping that therapists need to know. This allows us to redesign our 2018 six-day programs to be more practicum-like than ever before. This year less time will be spent lecturing, and more time is devoted to analyzing case material.

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy can't be dispensed as bibliotherapy or teaching clients new concepts to apply to themselves. CNT is "brain to brain" therapy. That's why this year's training aims to develop the person of the therapist through a professionally- and personally-impactful immersive training experience.


CNT is a "right-brain" therapy based on mind-mapping and the interpersonal neurobiological impacts of traumatic mind-mapping. This year's program will be even more "right-brain", by steering group discussions towards "right-brain questions" rather than left-brain conceptualizations.

By attending this workshop, you will learn the unique "right brain" elements of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy, like using visualization and written mental dialogues. If you attended last year’s program, this year will do this at greater depth.


CNT uses visualization to repair "holes" in clients' autobiographical memory and the "gaps" in their mind-mapping radar. This “right brain” method allows access to traumatic information stored in implicit memory that is unavailable to verbal memory. Clients quickly realize telling your life-story to a therapist is one thing, but visualizing unresolved prior traumatic mind mapping episodes is completely different.

Working with clients' visualizations is a skill and an ability rather than an idea. It requires visualizing clients' traumatic events and recognizing things they are unaware of. This process often triggers traumatic mind mapping in the therapist. This is why learning to work with visualization occurs best in a workshop setting.


Learning Crucible Neurobiological Therapy involves developing your brain to detect subtle errors in clients' cognitive and emotional functioning. This can only be accomplished through granular examination of what clients are thinking, saying, and doing. Analyzing clients’ written mental dialogues offers the perfect training method.

This workshop will teach you the CNT “right brain” methodology of working with clients’ written mental dialogues. This year's program explores this powerful tool more than before, including the therapist’s written responses to clients' dialogues.


This year’s workshop offers the opportunity to study a different in-depth case example drawn from Dr. Schnarch's practice. This case will focus on the use of written mental dialogues, and the on-going therapist-client dialogue through the therapist’s written commentary. This particular client’s written dialogues provide an illuminating view of successful personal struggle through neurobiological impairments.

Group discussions will also focus on common difficulties encountered in treatment. Now that 2017 CNT workshop participants have had opportunities to practice what they learned, this year's program will allow them to refine their clinical skills and learn from each other. If you're new to CNT, having more experienced students around is a definite asset in learning to deconstruct clients' writings.


You can submit a problem case from your own practice for possible use in the workshop. Dr. Schnarch will select several cases with preference given to those involving use of visualization or include clients’ written mental dialogues. Submissions must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the workshop.


Workshop sessions are devoted to self-application of visualization methods and personal written mental dialogues. This year, participants can anonymously submit their dialogue. Dr. Schnarch will comment on selected cases for teaching purposes during group discussions.

Dr. Schnarch analyzed several dialogues for training purposes at the 2018 6-day Ulm Germany program. Response from participants was overwhelmingly positive.


As you can see, we take brain-changing training seriously. We know it takes time, intensity, and personal involvement on your part and ours. Program length and depth of emersion are important factors. That’s why we devote six full days to this. From what we’ve learned from last year’s workshops, we wouldn’t do it any other way.

According to prior participants: Six days may sound like a lot of time now, but once you're in this immersive experience, it will fly by and you won't want to leave. You’ll wish it went on for several more days.

Please Note:
  1. It is unavoidable you will visualize or read traumatic case material while participating in this program. Please give this serious consideration of you are easily traumatized in your professional or personal life.
  2. Only selected submitted clinical cases or personal written dialogues will receive feedback or commentary.

Prior attendance at last year's workshop is not a prerequisite for registering.
However, we strongly recommend reading Brain Talk before this year's program.
To learn more about Brain Talk, click here.
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David Schnarch

Thirty years ago David Schnarch developed Crucible® Therapy, the first differentiation-based core integration of sexual and marital therapy. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of internationally best-selling books (Passionate Marriage, Intimacy & Desire, Resurrecting Sex, and Constructing the Sexual Crucible.)

David has a proven track record of clinical innovation. He has received 3 major awards for professional contributions to the practice of psychology, sex therapy, and marriage and family therapy. He is regarded as one of America’s most influential therapists in these fields. David is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (Diplomat status), a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and Board Certified in Couple and Family Psychology.

Twelve years ago David began integrating modern brain science into Crucible Therapy. Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy, the first mind mapping-based interpersonal neurobiological therapy is the result. Refined through a decade of exhaustive literature review, clinical innovation and case study research, David’s latest work was released in January, 2018 in his newest book, Brain Talk: How Mind Mapping Brain Science Can Chance Your Life and Everyone in It (Sterling Publishers).


For details of the Denver, CO Workshop location, lodging and services, click here.

Early registration (received by September 30, 2019) - To be determined.
Standard registration - To be determined

  • Attendance at all six days will be required.
  • Fees include coffee and beverage breaks. Lunch is on your own all days.

Please Note: The Denver, CO 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.

Denver, CO Cancellation Policy:
By Written Request Only.
  When cancellation is received by September 30, 2019: full refund minus $150;
  Received by October 10, 2019: 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 #3:
  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.