About Tom

Tom Keating has developed a succesful evidence-based program for teens and adults.

  • School-community liasion working with innercity-community adolecents on bullying issues
  • Team leader – physciatric day treatment programs for individuals diagnosed with cognitive delay and major mental illness.
  • Counseler working  with individuals with physical challenges and or sexual offensive behaviors
  • Social worker investigating criminally neglected and battered children

Tom Keating,LMHC  is a well-known and highly regarded therapist in the mental health field who has developed a breakthrough therapy. His specialized area of practice is the treatment of adults with developmental delays, mental illness and sexual offending behaviors. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Social Worker.

Currently:  Tom is currently working with teens on location at their schools, and individually with teens and adults  privately at his office. He also lectures and presents workshops internationally about his unique approach.  Tom has created a 7-step treatment for individuals with offending behaviors called RESPECT® The program stresses personal responsibility for behaviors and applies a,multi-sensory approach using evidence-based and martial arts techniques that greatly reduce the amount of recidivism in such patients.

Presentations: He has published his RESPECT® program in several major health care journals, including The Forum (an Atsa publication), The Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, Haworth Press and Sexual Offender Treatment Bio Psychosocial Perpectives. In 1998, he presented at the World Conference on Violence, Caracas, Venezuela. In 2001, Dr. Ken Fletcher, Director of the Behavioral Science Research Core at UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA was awarded a major grant from the National Institution of Mental Health to treat adolescence with sexually offending behaviors.

Education: Tom did his graduate work at Assumption College, Worcester, where he received his MA degree in Social Rehabilitation, and Fitchburg State College, where he was awarded a CAGS certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Behavioral Science. He earned his BA degree at UMASS, Amherst, MA, in Experimental Psychology. Tom has been in the human services field since 1970.

"I began this program by studying the brain, especially the limbic system and how we receive more than 83% of our information through the senses. It took eight years to develop a multi-sensory relapse prevention treatment intervention for a population that has developmental delays, major mental illness, and physical challenges who sexually offend. RESPECT is also being used to treat adolescents with challenging sexual issues. RESPECT is an action program. It is not what you say – it’s what you do that counts.”

Tom Keating