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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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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. 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 and 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