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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.
I charge on an hourly basis. Fees are due at the end of each session. I do offer a free initial phone consultation. Sliding scale available. I accept credit and debit cards.
Member of the Oregon Mediation Association, Association for Conflict Resolution
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