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Jenny Besch


Jenny Besch has been teaching "Advanced Mediation - Basic Training and Advanced Mediation - Apprenticeship" at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies NECR program since 2007. In addition, she has been teaching the "Advanced Mediation in Bioethics" course for the Bioethics MS Program at Columbia University. She has also taught at Teachers College at Columbia. In addition to her teaching, Besch mediates in the private practice and for many years mediated community cases through various Community Dispute Resolution Centers in New York. She served for 19 years as Director of the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc.

She is a certified mediator, State Certified Trainer, and Part 146 State Certified Trainer with advanced training in community mediation, parent-child mediation, custody-visitation mediation, divorce mediation, child permanency mediation, lemon law arbitration, employment discrimination mediation, victim-offender mediation and restorative justice group conferencing. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, was a member of the Mid-Hudson Regional Youth Justice Team and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, as well as EPIC, a noted parent effectiveness training and service organization. 


  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Columbia University