Caring, compassionate and creative

family conflict resolution specialist.

 

I've spent a career - nearly 30 years now - providing services in various settings to children and families in conflict.  As a child of divorce, I learned early that traditional adversarial litigation was often more harmful than helpful to families, and I set out to learn all that I could to help.  I went to law school and then graduate school in social work, studying family law, children's rights, child development and family dynamics, and mediation and conflict resolution.  

 

I'm trained as a community and family mediator, and am qualified under the Chief Justice Order  No. 05-028 regarding court-connected domestic relations mediators.  In addition to my private practice, I serve a local government agency which provides court-connected and community mediation.

 

I am licensed as an attorney and as a clinical social worker with the State of Oregon. 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers, I can provide diagnostic, preventive and treatment services of a psychosocial nature to individuals, couples, families, children and groups. Many health insurance plans provide reimbursement for these services, and I'm happy to assist clients with insurance reimbursement.

 

I'm also deeply committed to developing professionals in the field, so I teach and mentor.  I'm a Field Instructor and Adjunct Faculty with Portland State University's School of Social Work, where I teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment.  I co-teach, along with Josh KadishFamily Mediation and Mediation and Negotiation Skills Seminar as adjunct faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School.  In the Department of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University I have taught various courses including Conflict Resolution and the EmotionsConflict Resolution and Multicultural Competency in Organizations, and Family Mediation. I have provided training statewide for court-connected mediators through the Oregon Judicial Department.

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