WHEN: May 1, 2019 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

1.5 CEs

LOCATION: Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin 78704

CONTACT: info@austinpsychoanalytic.org

ABSTRACT: Dissociation can be thought of as the other side of consciousness. Examined briefly are structures of the early developing brain involved in aspects of memory that are not in narrative form. Later in development, these same structures will register traumatic memories, also not necessarily in narrative form. Often, these sensory memories are the basis of clinical enactments that are initially, at least, beyond conscious recall.

BIO:  Arlene Montgomery, MSSW, Ph.D., LCSW, has taught clinical classes at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and Smith College School for Social Work since 1993. She is the author of Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians:  What Every Therapist Needs to Know (2013). Her private clinical practice in Austin, Texas has a focus on serving clients affected by trauma, in addition to providing Licensed Clinical Social Worker supervision.


  1. Be able to explain briefly structures of the brain involved in communications that are not conscious, necessarily.
  2. Be able to differentiate between unconscious and nonconsciously.
  3. Be able to differentiate dissociation from a neurobiological perspective.


  1. Cozolino, L. (2016). Why Therapy Works, NY: Norton.
  2. Dahlitz, M. (2017). The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain. USA/Australia: Dahlitz Media.
  3. Psychosis, Trauma, and Dissociation (2008). Moskowitz, A., et al., NY: Guilford.

Outline of presentation can be found here: May-2019-monthly-meeting-presentation

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