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Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy:
One-Day Introductory Workshops

July 21, 2017, Seattle, WA
July 23, 2017, San Francisco, CA
July 29, 2017, Denver, CO
9am - 5pm each day
For information on our Six Day Intensive Workshop, click here.


Presented by
Dr. David Schnarch
Director, Crucible Institute

These workshops are now complete.
For information on our Six Day Intensive Workshop, click here.
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Can you revolutionize your clinical practice in a single day?
If any professional training can accomplish this far-reaching goal, this is it!

Looking for new ways to work with people from highly dysfunctional families and terrible backgrounds? This 1-day workshop is jam-packed with ground-breaking information that will delight you and inspire your practice.

Want a head-start into second-generation brain-based therapy, addressing interpersonal neurobiological problems not currently identified in DSM classifications? This program offers new understanding of subtle interpersonal trauma in childhood development, and in current relationships, and clinical approaches for resolving this.

This program consists of a series of fast-paced dynamic lectures by Dr. David Schnarch, jam-packed with clinically-useful brain science As revolutionary as his prior work with sex, intimacy, and differentiation has been, this program does the same with brain-based psychotherapy. What you'll learn defies conventional clinical wisdom and sheds new light on destructive relationships. (Ever heard of antisocial empathy?) You'll probably find this day has a powerful personal impact as well.

What you will learn:
  1. Learn about the brain science of "mind mapping," and its practical application to brain-based psychotherapy.
    • Mind-mapping is the brain’s innate ability to make a mental map of another person’s mind. 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. 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.
    • Mind mapping 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.
  2. Uncover "traumatic mind mapping," when mapping out someone else's mind negatively impacts your own mind and brain (Schnarch, 2009).
    • Traumatic mind mapping revolutionizes your understanding of how emotional and sexual trauma occurs. This workshop helps you understand how we impact each other's brains simply by the way we think and act, how we are incredibly interconnected for better or worse. Therapists often experience traumatic mind mapping in sessions from upsetting realizations about their clients or hearing their terrible stories.
  3. Dr. Schnarch will discuss the interpersonal neurobiology of extreme traumatic mind mapping, detailing the involuntary brain reactions that influence mind mapping ability, autobiographical memory, and self-awareness.
    • You will discover a world of interpersonal neurobiological problems many people struggle with, that usually go undiagnosed and untreated. Explore the hidden negative short-term and long-term brain impacts caused by repeated traumatic mind-mapping, particularly during childhood.
  4. Learn about Dr. Schnarch's new brain-to-brain Crucible Neurobiological Therapy.
    • This includes an overview of methods for resolving interpersonal neurobiological problems, developed over 15 years of clinical treatment research with highly troubled people most likely to fail in treatment.
Workshop topics:
  • Mind Mapping
  • Traumatic Mind Mapping: Subtle Interpersonal Trauma in Relationships
  • Common Interpersonal Neurobiological Problems
    •    Research on Couples Who Fail in Therapy
  • Overview of Crucible Neurobiological Therapy
Workshop Schedule:
  • 8:00 - 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15 Mind Mapping
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:15 Antisocial Empathy
  • 2:15 - 2:30 Break
  • 2:30 - 4:00 Interpersonal Neurobiological Problems & Crucible Neurobiological Therapy
  • 4:00 - 5:00 Final discussion, Q&A
  • Learning Objectives for the One-Day Workshop:
    • By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
      1. Describe what mind mapping is as it relates to relationships and daily life.
      2. Explain how mind mapping ability commonly develops in children and adults, and how widespread mind mapping ability is.
      3. Explain the role of mind mapping ability in autism and Asperger's syndrome, especially as this applies to most couples in therapy.
      4. Describe traumatic mind mapping.
      5. Explain the link between traumatic mind mapping and interpersonal neurobiological problems.
      6. Articulate the link between parental influences and mind mapping ability.
      7. Explain the role of the anterior insula in creating interpersonal neurobiological problems.
      8. Describe the two characteristics of clients who are likely to fail in treatment, according to Dr. Schnarch's research.
      9. Describe two types of interpersonal neurobiological problems that can result from traumatic mind mapping.
    Registration Information:

    Please use the links at the top of the page for more information and registration at each workshop location.
    Fees include coffee and beverage breaks.  Lunch on your own.

    Registration Fees:
    Early Registration: $140 - until June 19, 2017 (discount automatically applied to your shopping cart
    Standard Registration: $175 (received after June 19, 2017)
    Graduate Students: A limited number of seats are available for graduate students at a 50% discount. Please call our office at (303) 670-2630 to register.


    If you've been a fan of Dr. Schnarch's work, this workshop brings you his latest developments. If you're thinking of attending our 6 day Intensive Training in Crucible Neurobiological Therapy, and you haven't participated in our prior Mind Mapping Therapy Workshops, this 1-day program will get you up to speed.

    Regardless of your current theoretical orientation, this workshop will open new vistas in working with the great many people who come from or are in highly dysfunctional relationships. Couples counseling and individual therapy are greatly enhanced by introducing this ground-breaking approach. In addition to providing an ideal platform for brain-based therapy, mind mapping allows therapists to cut through clients' distortions, lies, and manipulations to get down to the heart of difficult issues. It radically changes conventional "rules" about how psychotherapy is done, producing a rapid-paced impactful therapy that really helps people.

    Continuing Education Credits:

    Crucible Neurobiologial Therapy One Day Workshop:
      This program is sponsored by the Marriage and Family Health Center (MFHC, also doing business as the Crucible Institute). 

    MFHC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to Sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MFHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This workshop earns: One Day Workshop 7 CE credits for Licensed Psychologists.

    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 soley responsible for all aspects of the programs. This workshop earns 6 1/2 NBCC Clock Hours.

    MFHC is also an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TEXAS SW), and this workshop earns: One Day Workshop 6 1/2 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.