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Kathleen O'Connell Corcoran, MS, NCC
440 East Broadway / Suite 340 / Eugene, OR 97401 



Mediation can most easily be understood as facilitated communications toward an agreement. In mediation, participants themselves, with the mediator's impartial assistance, resolve their own dispute, seeking fairness and the maximization of benefits. Family, business, property, and organizational disputes can be effectively mediated to a fair and constructive resolution that participants believe in and will comply with.


Family Mediation: Divorce, separation, post-decree mediation, including the resolution of issues of custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and property and debt division, are opportunities to fairly and constructively restructure family relations and finances. Step-family, non-traditional partnerships, prenuptial, cohabitation, parent-child, elder care, and adoption agreements can also be effectively be mediated as can family business and estate disputes. In all these cases, clarity and resolution can be achieved without the trauma and expense typically associated with the adversarial treatment of family disputes. Each party's interests are fully heard and honored, both in the mediation process and in the resulting agreement. Family mediation allows family members the opportunity to fairly, clearly, and creatively structure their future relations.

Business Mediation: Business mediation typically involves facilitating the formation, ongoing operations, or dissolution of a partnership or corporation, or the resolution of disputes between interdependent businesses. The outcome of business mediation can be a general or limited partnership agreement, agreements between stockholders, articles of incorporation, and by-laws. Contractual arrangements between businesses and between a business and its employees or contractors, or between employees, can also be effectively mediated. Mediation can also be effective in conjunction with a partnership or corporate dissolution, merger, or reorganization.

Organizational Facilitation: The facilitative mediation approach can also be effectively applied to intraorganizational disputes and issues. Meetings of partners, boards of directors, managers, employees, etc., can be effectively facilitated to increase participation, understanding, commitment, and morale within the organization. A part of the facilitative effort typically includes the training of meeting leaders in utilizing facilitative techniques for future meetings and conflicts.


Mediation implies participants themselves accepting responsibility for reaching a fair and constructive settlement agreement. In mediation, participants maintain full decision-making power and are encouraged to exercise that power in an informed, fair, and constructive way. Mediation is a means for people to maintain control over their lives and, in a dignified and satisfying way, clarify issues and resolve conflicts. Mediation promotes future cooperation, not continued conflict. Participant communication and commitment supports future compliance.


Participant confidence in mediation is often elevated through the use of independent "resource and review" legal counsel for individual legal advice and information. Kathleen will assist clients to identify the legal issues between them, provide access to legal information when possible, help parties formulate questions for their independent legal counsel, and help create options for resolving those issues. Kathleen will not give individual legal advice, appear in court on behalf of any mediating party, or predict how a matter would be resolved in court. In a typical case, an hour or two of individual consultation with a personal legal advisor can go a long way toward elevating a participant's comfort and confidence in being their own mediation negotiator. Similarly, non-legal expert advice, from accounts, financial planners, child development specialists, and the like, can also be effectively utilized in mediation, often through the joint retention of a mutually-acceptable expert.


Kathleen joined The Mediation Center in 1988 and mediates part-time for the Lane County Circuit Court. Kathleen offers comprehensive marital settlement and post-divorce mediation, including parenting and all financial issues. Kathleen also provides mediation of organizational and small business issues, non-traditional partnerships, pre-nuptial, parent-youth, and step-family matters.

With over 20 years of experience as a marital and family therapist, Kathleen has expertise in couple, family, stepfamily, and children of divorce issues. Kathleen also offers marital closure therapy to separating and divorcing couples.

Kathleen is a nationally-recognized trainer, providing basic and advanced mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation training, parent education, supervision, consultation, and internships. Since 1989, Kathleen has been an instructor of three graduate-level mediation courses each year at the University of Oregon.

Kathleen has a master's degree in counseling and is completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon. Her initial mediation training was at Willamette University School of Law.

She is a Practitioner Member and Approved Consultant of the Academy of Family Mediators, a Nationally-Certified Counselor, and is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the National Association for Mediation in Education, the Oregon Mediation Association, Community Mediation Services, the American Psychological Association (Student), the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Affiliate), the Oregon Counseling Association, the Oregon Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association.

Kathleen is dedicated to facilitating clear communication and the peaceful resolution of conflict.



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