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PO Box 82694
2188 SW Park Place #204
Portland, OR 97282-0694
Description of Practice
I offer mediation for the different ages and stages of the Family: assisting parents in mediating parenting plans, mediating the financial division of assets debts and support, parent teen mediation, grandparent and other third party visitation. I mediate post adoption communication agreements (open adoption) and guardianship for state agencies, tribal governments and private adoption; and I offer elder mediation for seniors and their families facing life and end of life transition decisions. I also provide facilitation and mediation training.
Active Member of the Oregon State Bar (1991); Inactive Member of the New Mexico State Bar(1989). B.A. 1983, English Literature, Lewis & Clark College; J.D. 1989, Lewis & Clark College (with Environmental Law Certificate);M.S. Conflict Resolution 2003, Portland State University; Practiced law from 1989-1999 (environmental, Indian law, and child welfare); full time private mediation practice since 1999.
Trainings: Confluence NW - October 1995 -Basic Mediation Training; Center for Conflict Studies - 1997 - 40-hour Negotiation and Mediation Training; Clackamas County Family Court Service -Sept. 1997-June 1998 - 500+ hour Internship in Divorce Mediation; Center for Conflict Studies - 1998 - 40 hours advanced Training; Advanced Family Mediation Skills-24 hours-Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Confluence Center for Mediation and Training- Advanced Workplace Mediation Training, October 2005; Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training, Elder Decisions®, May 2016.
I use an interest-based approach, utilizing joint (face-to-face) mediation and caucus as appropriate. I believe that the parties to the conflict should have ownership over the conflict and ownership of the resolution. The mediation process can help give the participants a voice in their decisions.
$190 per hour. Free initial phone consultation. Sliding scale available. Fees are due at the end of each session, credit and debit cards accepted.
Member of the Oregon Mediation Association, Association for Conflict Resolution, Consultant for Center for States.
Areas of Practice
- Adoption (300 mediated)
- Adult Family (6 mediated)
- Cross Cultural (25 mediated)
- Divorce (all issues) (200 mediated)
- Divorce (parenting) (200 mediated)
- Elder (5 mediated)
- Family (5 mediated)
- LGBTQ (10 mediated)
- Native American (25 mediated)
- Advanced Mediation Trainer
- Mediation Consultant
- Mediation Trainer
Alison Taylor Trainer-Supervisor for Mediation Internship at FCS-Clackamas County Robert Benjamin Private Mediator Gail Schelle Asst. Program Manager-Adoptions DHS Oregon