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What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a way of resolving a dispute in which an impartial person (the mediator) helps you discuss concerns and if possible reach a voluntary agreement. The mediator helps you think about your individual needs and interests, clarify your differences with the other person, and find common ground. In mediation:

  • You are the decision-maker; the mediator has no authority to make decisions.
  • You determine the issues that need to be addressed; the mediator guides the process and maintains a safe environment.
  • The mediator uses and helps you to use active listening skills.
  • The mediator does not give legal or other professional advice to you. The mediator may help you think of options to consider, possibly with the help and advice of another professional.
  • Mediation is usually private. If not, the reason why is explained before beginning mediation. You have a right to quit mediation at any time.
  • Agreements are reached only when you agree.

        ---Oregon Mediation Association

Conflict Solutions for Tillamook County

Helping local people solve real life problems and conflicts through education mediation, and facilitation services

 Marie Heimburg, Coordinator     Phone: (503) 842-1812 ext. 4 

Advisory Committee

Julius Jortner

Vic Affolter

Jana McCandless

Clayton Rees

Karin Kaser

Pat Ryan

Terry Wright

Judge Joel Stevens

Marlene Putman

Conflict Solutions for Tillamook County is active in providing mediation services to the Tillamook County Justice Court. Nearly 500 litigants have experienced mediation, and we are hopeful to increase that number, and to change the culture of conflict resolution in the courts.

Twenty five local citizens have received mediation training and about half of those have completed their court mediation observations and are now meet state requirements for mediators. We hope to have another training session this spring.

The peer mediation program, which trains teens to mediate disputes in junior and senior high school, is now active in all three county school districts. A training in October, 2009 attracted over forty enthusiastic local students.

Artis Van RasselFunds raised in memory of our founder, Artis Van Rassel, have been allocated to sponsor local junior and senior high students who attended a statewide peer mediation conference in Portland. Over 20 local students from Tillamook and Neah-Kah-Nie schools attended the conference, where they interacted with other youths, received training in mediation and conflict resolution, and also received the first statewide award for excellence in peer mediation. The award, appropriately named the Artis Van Rassel Award, will be an annual award of merit for the Oregon Mediation Association.

We offer "neighbor to neighbor" mediation services and we are developing a healthy working relationship with Sheriff Andy Long and his department to offer an alternative, long term solution to community conflicts.

List of Oregon mediators

Tillamook County Circuit Court family law mediation services

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