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  Family Therapy Teaching  



Amy Begel has extensive experience in teaching family systems to a variety of organizations and medical centers. As Senior Faculty at the Minuchin Center for over fifteen years, she developed and conducted family therapy training for The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services, a non-profit organization serving marginalized families in New York. She has also conducted extensive training with various Child Guidance and mental health agencies throughout the New York State area.


She was honored to be the all-day keynote presenter for the State of Kansas AAMFT conference in 2008. She also developed and conducted family therapy training for a diverse group of therapists in Singapore from 2008-2010. 


Amy's teaching has included presentations regarding her "Jazz Consultation" which she developed in 1997. She has given numerous presentations regarding this innovation, including being a keynote speaker at the First Annual Creativity Conference sponsored by the Dr. David Keith at the SUNY-Syracuse Department of Psychiatry. 


Amy is known for her expertise in family systems medicine, which integrates issues of health and illness with relationship dynamics. For nearly twenty years she has been consulting faculty at Maimonides Medical Center where she teaches in the Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine. In addition, Amy is on the faculty of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, where she works with resident physicians to help them enhance their skills in understanding interpersonal dynamics.  Amy also has a strong background in integrative health, drawn from her nearly fifteen years as part of  the Integrative Medicine program at Beth Israel’s Center For Health and Healing.  She co-facilitated case conferences which included participation by acupuncture fellows, other integrative medicine practitioners and assorted guests. Her interpersonal/interactional perspective, the hallmark of  her teaching, promoted a dynamic model of integrative medical care, which included the “self” of the practitioner. 

"Amy Begel is an artist of therapeutic language. She is clinically experienced in dealing with the unending ambiguities of body and mind, without giving into the language that always leads back to where doctors and their patients are stuck. Attention to the problems that perplex doctors and patients requires a combination of artful and graceful interaction. Amy Begel embodies that range of experience. With subtlety she helps patients and doctors discover possibility in relationships."


David V Keith, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

SUNY Upstate Medical University

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