Pat Keeney, Group Facilitator
Pat Keeney earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Villanova University. During her tenure as a school counselor, Pat worked with students individually and in small groups as well as consulting with parents, administrators and faculty. In 2001 Pat was recognized as Montgomery County Counselor of the Year. She retired from education having completed thirty-four years as a school counselor.
Her interest in loss and bereavement began in 1980 when Pat completed a graduate course designed to help school counselors assist students with loss of a loved one. Upon completing her course work, Pat conducted support groups for elementary and middle school students who were experiencing loss and provided complementary educational parental support groups.
Pat joined the Center in 2005 and continues to facilitate support groups for children and adults through Nello’s Corner and Camp Millie. In 2006, she initiated a support group for those who were grieving a loss due to suicide. Pat continues to facilitate the Loss due to Suicide group in addition to several of the adult support groups at the Center.
Committed to her role as a facilitator, Pat received a certificate from the American Academy of Bereavement upon completion of the Advanced Bereavement Facilitator Training Program and continues to attend training in bereavement and grief. She is an active member of the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce.
Pat finds her involvement at the Center to be rewarding as it affords her the opportunity to support those who are dealing with loss.