Community Mediation

Six Rivers specializes in Family, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Youth, Workplace, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Landlord-Tenant, Organizational, Intentional Community, Business and Consumer mediation and conflict coaching. Please see the Services tab to learn more.  

We offer a one-hour free confidential consultation. You can speak to a trained, neutral mediator about your situation, clarify the issues, and get initial conflict coaching. The mediator can contact the other party to see if they want to move ahead with a facilitated conversation, either jointly or separate. Any conversations we may have with you or the other party will remain confidential.  

Mediated discussions are intended to give you all a chance to communicate your needs, concerns and goals. Please know that your case managers and mediators are not lawyers and will not give you legal advice. If at any point in the process you would like to seek legal advice, you retain the right to do so. Your mediators will act as impartial third-parties, listeners, translators, and conversation guides; they will not act as judges, arbitrators, or decision makers. Any decisions made in mediation will be agreed upon by the mediating parties, and memorialized in an agreement that you then can file through the courts, if necessary. We also offer post-mediation options for partnering with a collaborative attorney to draw up legal paperwork.

Six Rivers is proud to be a part of hundreds of Dispute Resolution centers throughout the nation working to provide effective and comprehensive conflict resolution services to community members and organizations. We bridge the Columbia River Gorge, providing services in both Oregon and Washington State.  We are an active member of the network of Dispute Resolution Centers (DRC) in the Pacific Northwest and work together with other DRCs to ensure Best Practices in mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, and training in communities large and small.

Resolution Washington (ResWA) is the member association for the 21 Dispute Resolution Centers (DRC’s) in Washington state. In 2014, ResWA DRCs served over 80,000 adults and 15,000 youth statewide, 1,100 volunteers delivered over 40,000 service hours, trained over 13,000 Washington residents, and mediated 5,468 total cases with an average settlement rate of 61%, and a 70% settlement rate in Superior Court. We are proud that a member of our staff, Andrea Pacheco, was recently elected Vice President for ResWA.

The Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution (OOCDR) administers grants to support 20 centers serving 25 counties throughout Oregon.  Centers are characterized by a dual purpose of promoting civic engagement and resolving community disputes at the earliest point of engagement.  OOCDR works to support Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRC’s) through grantmaking, training, consultation, networking, and research.

 

Mission Statement

By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.

By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.

By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.

By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.