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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 home-life 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

The 2018 Intensive Workshop taught participants about:

  • Identifying the interpersonal neurobiological impacts of traumatic mind mapping and repeated disgust reactions.
  • Becoming more resilient to experiencing traumatic mind mapping (“spaghetti brain”) in psychotherapy sessions.
  • Basic CNT methods
    • Using visualization to resolve traumatic mind mapping experiences
    • Deconstruct clients’ written mental dialogues and make productive written comments to clients about their written mental dialogues.
    • Handle common problems in working with clients' visualization and written materials.
  • Apply the methods of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy to yourself.

The 2019 Intensive Workshop taught participants about:

  • Resolving emotional dysregulation.
  • Treating Inner Mental World problems.
  • Treating borderline personality clients.
  • Treating acute and chronic regressions in the therapy room.
  • Using written masturbatory dialogs as a means of treatment in neurobioligcal impairments


2020 Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Intensive #4
6 Day Clinical Practicum
September 29- October 4


Presented by
Dr. David Schnarch


Due to Coronavirus, this workshop will be presented in an on-line platform.  The  price has been reduced and the 

cancelation policy changed to reflect this. Those that have already registered would receive a refund 

for the difference of changed price. We will have information on CE credits as soon as possible.


The #3 Intensive workshop will be offered on May 20 - May 25, 2020.
Click here for more information.

Register for the
Have you attended the previous 3 CNT Workshops?
Are you full to the brim with Crucible Approach regression work and LMD's?
Are you still trying to figure out how you can apply your knowledge into your practice with clients?
In response to numerous requests, this years Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshop (#4) will be a practicum devoted to in-depth application of the brain-based methods taught in prior CNT workshops and will focus on the deconstruction of problem cases. 
The Practicum is an organic learning experience. Participants are invited to submit write-ups of their difficult cases. A selection of submitted cases drives the conceptual and clinical content discussed and the clinical problems addressed. This Practicums will focus on practical skills, application of right-brain methods, removing blind spots and identifying places where you “get stuck.” As a participant, you will develop your ability to make clinical interventions and steer them to success.
Additional learning objectives include:
       Refine your pacing and leading.
       Deal with cases that scare you witless.
       Explore opportunities to “take the therapist’s chair” in clinical simulations and receive immediate feedback. 
Daily activities involve analyzing cases in depth, recognizing sources of difficulties, identifying necessary changes, developing intervention strategies, and making interventions in therapy simulations.
The Practicum group process provides a supportive environment that encourages showing up as a person and therapist, professional development and personal growth.
Practicums will be conducted by Dr. David Schnarch. (Practicums in Germany will be translated by Tara Christopeit.) Registration is limited to permit more personal attention and consider the “person of the therapist.” Prior attendance at one or more Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Workshops (#1, #2 or #3) is required to register for this practicum. (If you haven’t attended one of these programs, CNT Workshop #3 is available May 25-30, 2020.)
The Practicum will be a full-emersion experience that facilitates personal reflection, self-application, and professional rejuvenation. 
We look forward to seeing you there!


Prior attendance at one of the CNT workshop's (#1-3) is a prerequisite for registering.
In addition, 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).



Early registration (received by September 8th, 2020) - $720.00.
Standard registration (received after Spetember 8th) - $880.00

Attendance at all six days will be required.


Cancellation Policy:
By Written Request Only.

From April 15th up to 21 days before workshop start date= 75% refund
Up to 14 days before=  50% refund
13 days until day before workshop= 25% refund
Cancelation for medical reasons (with documentation) will receive 100% refund
In lieu of refund, you can attend another Crucible® Workshop of equal or lessor cost within the next
year at no additional charge.

To complete your registration, you must complete the Workshop Agreement and Conflicts of Interest Disclosure (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 email to


We are in the process of confirming that we can offer the same credits on-line. Stay tuned for more information.

Continuing Education Credits:

Crucible Neurobiological Therapy Six Day Intensive Workshop #4:
  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 36.5 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 36.5 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.