Arlena Crandell, LCSW

About Arlena

Fax Number: (406)513-1139

Arlena lived much of her life in Kansas, spent 14 years as an adult in California, and has been in Montana for the past six years. She and her husband, Fred, have a blended family of 6 grown children.

Arlena received her BS in Human Services in 1982 from California State University, Fullerton, CA, 1982. She then earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1984, and her clinical license, an LCSW, in 1987.

She worked with families and children at Family Consultation Services in Wichita, KS for 4 years, where she developed the first group in Wichita for mothers of sexually abused children. She also started a therapy group for sexually abused girls. During this time she began serving deaf and hard of hearing clients in the community, and learning to sign American Sign Language. At the Wichita Child Guidance Center (WCGC) where she worked 9 years, she designed and directed the only mental health program in Kansas for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients outside of Kansas City, KS. At the WCGC she began doing expert court testimony in behalf of neglected and physically and sexually abused children, continuing her court work throughout her time in KS. She also worked at Hospice of Wichita, now Harry Hines Hospice, doing complex grief work with patients and families of those who were dying.

Arlena then became the director for Therapeutic Foster Care at Sumner Mental Health Center, Wellington, KS, serving 24 foster homes and children. She supervised four social workers, trained the foster parents, and provided therapy for many of the children. She designed a summer psycho-social program to help the foster children stay current with their positive behaviors while out of school.

In all of these positions, she has served families and individuals, helping children and adults with numerous diagnoses to achieve their goals. At Sumner Mental Health, she specialized in the use of Play Therapy with severely disordered young children. She has often used art with clients to help them express their feelings. Since moving to Montana, she has used quilting and fiber arts to engage clients in further expression of their therapeutic work.


Arlena Crandell, LCSW

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Group work
  • Sexual & physical abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Family problems
  • Children, divorce adjustment, co-parenting
  • Couples work
  • Use of Fiber Arts in therapy