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Constructing the Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy (Norton Professional Books) Hardcover – November 17, 1991


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  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393701026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393701029
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Horak, Ph.D. on March 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Schnarch has completed a Herculean task of exploring in depth the role of intimacy and sexuality (and spirituality). The sexual crucible model clearly is the most sophisticated model available today for marriage and sex therapists. His novel approach propells the field beyond the behavioral and technique focus that most therapist wouldn't even do if they had too. I was impressed that he attempted to address spirituality and some of his concepts in the final chapter are interesting. However, he falls into a simple dichotomy in analyzing religion which basically is a good/bad split. He really doesn't understand the depth of thought behind some of the previous great thinkers and sees them only through 20th century glasses, where they are easy targets. Overall, I strongly recommend this book to therapists. It is truly groundbreaking.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1995
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This book makes sense of the relationship between personal growth and intimacy with another. Schnarch describes how differentiation can be accelerated with the use of sexual intimacy. He gives the basis for a decision in favor of monogamy without one bit of moralism. A very exciting book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 13, 2013
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This book is essential to the development of a robust marriage therapy model. Glad it was included in our curriculum at New Mexico State for the MFT program!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Rolley-Smith on December 4, 2012
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A bit technical for someone new to the field. The website is a great tool to use in interpreting concepts found in the book
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By kathie on March 2, 2015
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Great book. Recommend every couple that needs work to read it. Definitely going to be my new relationship bible.
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David Schnarch, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of the Marriage and Family Health Center in Evergreen, Colorado. He is founder of the Sexual Crucible Approach(r) to integrated sexual and marital therapy, and the Passionate Marriage Approach(r) for couples. Dr. Schnarch's textbook Constructing the Sexual Crucible is used as a primary text in graduate training programs across the country. He was the first recipient of the Professional Standards of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT} and chair of professional education for eight years. Dr. Schnarch currently serves on the editorial board of AAMFT's Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. He lives in Evergreen, Co1orado.