Oregon Division

Building Resilient Relationships: Interpersonal Neurobiology, Differentiation, and Emergence of the Self
Dr. David Schnarch
May 10th-11th, 2013


Watch a video to hear from conference attendees about their experience at the OAMFT Spring 2013 Conference.
In order of appearance: Amy Thomsen (Capella University Student), Laura Brotherson (LMFT in private practice), Elizabeth Limbocker (LMFT in private practice and OAMFT board member), Jerry Magaro (LMFT in private practice), Tabatha Bird Weaver (LMFT in private practice and OAMFT board member)


Thank you to our student volunteers and board members who helped make this event a great success!

About Dr. David Schnarch
David Schnarch is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of numerous books and articles on intimacy, sexuality, and relationships. His clinical abilities attract clients and students from across the globe. David chaired the Professional Education Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) for eight years. He is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (Diplomat status), the first recipient of the AASECT "Professional Standard of Excellence" Award, and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). In 2011, he recieved the AAMFT award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Therapy. In January, 2013 it was anoundce that he has been awarded the 2013 American Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution in Independent Practice. David currently serves on the editorial board of AAMFT's Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. For seventeen years he was an Associate Professor in the Depts. of Psychiatry and Urology at Louisiana State University Medical School.

In 1991, David wrote the landmark book, Constructing the Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy (W. W. Norton & Co.), now used in clinical training programs across the country and read by therapists around the world. The Crucible Approach® is widely regarded as the most sophisticated integration of sexuality, intimacy, spirituality, personal development, and marital therapy developed to date. His second book, Passionate Marriage: Sex, Love, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships (W. W. Norton & Co., March 1997, Owl Books, 1998), is a perennial best seller, offering the general public his revolutionary approach in a pragmatic and easy-to-understand form. His third book, Resurrecting Sex: Resolving Sexual Problems and Rejuvenating Your Relationship (HarperCollins, August, 2002), offers hope to millions of normal couples and singles who have sexual problems. His newest book, Intimacy and Desire: Awaken the Passion in your Relationship, Beaufort, 2009 details his unique approach to helping couples resolve sexual desire issues through the Crucible Neurobiological Therapy.™ His latest book Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship (Beaufort Books, October 2009) combines time-tested solutions for sexual desire problems with cutting edge information on interpersonal neurobiology. For more information on Dr. Schnarch please follow this link:
  Click here to listen to an interview with OAMFT President-Elect, Tabatha Bird Weaver, and Dr. David Schnarch: Dr. Schnarch Interview

Day One

Understanding Sexual Desire
• The Ecology of Love Relationships
• Lower desire/ higher desire dynamics
• Emergence of the self

• Understanding differentiation
• The Crucible Four Points of Balance™
• Applying 4PoB to solving sexual desire problems
• Illustrative case application

• What is mind-mapping?
• Does everyone have mind-mapping?
• Four levels of mind-mapping ability
• Role of mind-mapping in common sexual problems

Interpersonal Neurobiology of Mind-Mapping
• How the brain maps out other people's minds
• Neurophysiology and neurochemistry of mind-mapping
• Understanding traumatic mind-mapping

Day Two
Live Clinical Demonstration by Dr. David Schnarch

Debriefing and Discussion
• Deconstructing the live demonstration
• Commentary from demonstration participants
• Relevant clinical issues
• Questions and comments from workshop participants

Collaborative Alliances
• What is a collaborative alliance?
• Other types of alliances
• Role of differentiation in resilient collaborative alliances

Mind-Mapping in clinical practice
• Identifying clients' mind-mapping abilities
• Using mind-mapping in therapy
• Final discussion and wrap-up



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