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Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW

Lecturer

University of Texas at Austin


Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW, has taught clinical courses for over 20 years at The University of Texas at Austin and Smith College School for Social Work. She also has a private practice with a focus on clients affected by trauma and is a clinical supervisor for Licensed Masters Social Workers fulfilling their requirements for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensure. She has been the director of Social Services at Child and Family Service, the Settlement Club Home, and Meridell Achievement Center.

The graduate courses include the following topics: understanding transference and countertransference; interventions using various group modalities; the process of clinical diagnosis; and the neurobiology of attachment and clinical work. Dr. Montgomery presents on topics such as foster care issues; anti-social children; sexually abused children’s special problems; forming therapeutic alliances; supervision issues regarding counter-transference; keeping therapeutic alliance in short-term therapy; and neurobiological findings relevant to the therapeutic alliance, treatment considerations and ethical considerations. She is the author of Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians: What Every Therapist Needs to Know (WW Norton 2013).