Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW-S has taught clinical courses since 1993 at The University of Texas at Austin and Smith College School for Social Work. The graduate courses include the following topics:  understanding transference and counter-transference; interventions using various group modalities; the process of clinical diagnosis; and the neurobiology of attachment and clinical work.

Montgomery  has made numerous presentations on topics such as foster care issues; anti-social children; emotional aspects of C-sections; sexually abused children’s special problems with intimacy;  forming therapeutic alliances with difficult children and adolescents; eating disorder identification in schools; 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 also has a private practice with a focus on clients affected by trauma and is a clinical supervisor for licensed master’s social workers fulfilling their requirements for the 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.

Professional Interests

Professional interests include the clinical implications of the neurobiology of relationships between and among people as it relates to social service delivery and clinical work, with particular interest in group work, supervision, attachment, adolescents, and trauma.