Member spotlight: Amy Flavin, MS, LPC, DAPA, BCPC.
Article Type: Column
Subject: Medical societies (Membership)
Psychotherapists (Membership)
Pub Date: 12/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Winter, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Flavin, Amy
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 192800786
Full Text: Please introduce yourself in a few sentences (background, experience, etc.).

I received my BA in German from DePauw University in 1979 and was a high school German teacher from 1979 to 1985. I then received my MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University in 1989 and became Certified in Secondary School Guidance.

I have 16 years of experience as a therapist and have worked extensively with adolescents and families. I have also been an adjunct professor at Nyack College in Manhattan for the past 5 years. I teach Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Interpersonal Communication, Adult Development, and Family Counseling.

I frequently conduct seminars on mental health topics and have addressed issues in child and adolescent psychology, parenting, eating disorders, the impact of divorce, depression, and suicide. I have been a seminar speaker at National Youthworkers' Convention addressing the topics of minding your family while in the ministry, mental health issues in the adolescent population, and adolescent development and psychology.

I was also a seminar presenter at the American Psychotherapy Association National Conference in September 2008 speaking on the topic of adolescent development and narrative therapy.

On a personal note, I am also the mother of two grown children (19 and 23), an active member of my local church, and go on yearly mission trips to Mexico to build houses.

How has membership advanced your career or practice? What do you think is the most helpful benefit of membership?

I have been a member of the APA for about 18 months and joined primarily for the opportunity to have access to the Annals and the additional resources and continuing education that the association provides--I was also looking for additional opportunities to network with colleagues. I thoroughly enjoyed the national conference in San Diego and feel that when a person is able to take advantage of that it is a wonderful benefit of membership to spend time with colleagues and hear from some of the top presenters in our field. Being a part of an organization that is committed to professionalism and helping me be the best that I can be is very helpful and encouraging. I know that all of you work hard at what you do to make that happen, and I appreciate it!

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