Keough traveled to the University of Denver to obtain training in the PREP approach to couples counseling developed by Dr. Howard Markman and Dr. Scott Stanley (www.prepinc.com ) He alerted the public to the unique benefits of this model in numerous public forums. He was invited twice to give presentations at the State of Delaware’s Division of Prevention annual convention.
Dr. Keough served as Chairman of the Delaware Psychological Association’s Political Action Committee from 1994-1996. He met with federal, state, and local politicians to advocate for parity in insurance coverage for mental health services. Additionally, he consulted with local businesses in successful efforts to educate decision makers about the benefits and cost effectiveness of providing employees insurance coverage for mental health services. Dr. Keough was active in the Delaware Psychological Association’s Continuing Education Committee; he was instrumental in bringing nationally recognized psychologists to Delaware for workshops and seminars.
Dr. Keough established the Police Psychology Consultation Center and related web site in 1996. The mission of the Police Psychology Consultation Center, founded in 1995, was to ensure that police officers and their families had access to comprehensive, competent, and integrated mental health and family wellnes services/resources/information.
PPCC offered a broad range of primary prevention, secondary educational ,and tertiary interventions designed to effectively respond to the unique mental health needs of the law enforcement community. He was a member of the Special Psychological Services Group, the nation's largest and most respected network of police psychologists. Dr. Keough functioned as a political advocate for individual police officers and law enforcement organizations. The PPCC was committed to supporting the health and well-being of individual officers in a way commensurate with the magnitude and insidious nature of the day to day stressors experienced by police officers. He participated in approximately 60 'active' ridealongs to be exposed to the rigors of different aspects of patrol duty. Dr. Keough worked with the New Orleans police department for a weeks, days after Hurricane Katrina hit.
Dr. Keough gradually shifted the emphasis of his professional work from direct delivery of mental health services to alternative ways to address mental health needs in 1.2007. This followed five years of intensive personal and professional investigation and use of light therapy and negative ion generators as treatment methods Visit the Light Therapy Company website.
Dr. Keough launched the North Star Guardians in 3.2007 with the assistance of Deborah Harper, owner and president of PsychJourney (www.psychjourney.com) who had already initiated a series of audio interviews with prominent authors in psychology and related fields. Dr. Keough intends to continue doing audio interviews for many years with influential authors whose work offers inspiration and practical guidance to the general public.
He launched Warrior Traditions in August 2007.
Dr. Keough plans to focus a majority of his professional time to writing, consultation, workshops, implementing prevention programs, and collaborative work with other professionals. Currently, he is writing a book with the working title of "Music, Meditation, and the Martial Arts of Everyday Life” inspired by his mentor, R.D. Laing.