Updated  8/20/14


(CEM)

Collaborative Evaluation with Mediation  
For custody and parenting plan disputes


OFI  does not offer any direct services -

Please check below to see the list of practitioners we have trained 


Oregon Family Institute has implemented an innovative child custody and parenting time evaluation process to serve the unmet needs of parents with lower to middle incomes who do not have services available to them.

The evaluations make the parents and their attorneys the first users of the information by focusing on the needs of the children, the parents' capacities to parent, and a detailed parenting plan matching children's needs with parental capacities.


Evaluations will include interviews with home visits with each parent, interviews with minor children and contact with appropriate collaterals.


Oregon Laws ORS 107.137 establishes the standards to be considered when determining child custody:

After the report is completed and reviewed by the parents and attorneys, the evaluator then presents their findings and recommendations at a settlement conference with the parents, their attorneys, and an OFI mediator. If the case does not settle, the evaluator will testify. Of the over sixty evaluations initiated, only a few have gone to trial requiring the evaluator to testify.

Evaluators trained in the OFI-sponsored collaborative evaluation model must meet the requirements of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, have a minimum of a masters degree in behavioral science and have participated in training by OFI. Please see the website section called Training for more information.


OFI's child-focused, collaborative evaluations are designed to be objective, impartial, and thorough assessments of the parenting abilities of each of the parties, and result in a detailed parenting plan based on Oregon-specific requirements.   The goal is to provide to the parents and the court reliable information for determining a parenting plan in the best interest of the child.


Both parents and their attorneys must agree to use the collaborative parenting plan evaluation and mediation process. The parties or the attorneys may then contact OFI for a referral to a private practitioner in their geographic area who is doing the OFI-sponsored Collaborative Parenting Plan Evaluation and Mediation process.  Some jurisdictions have already specified panels of evaluators trained in our model that they will refer to. The attorneys must then contract directly with the selected practitioner.



The Collaborative Evaluation 

with Mediation Process 

Step by Step
There are two major parts of the Collaborative Parenting Plan Evaluation and Mediation process -

If these two parts are not sufficient to help the parties make mutually acceptable arrangements, the evaluator may be requested to provide testimony in court regarding the evaluation process and their written report. The cost for this testimony is charged separately, in addition to the evaluation/mediation fee.


OFI does not provide direct services (as of March 2003)
Forms to start an evaluation are no longer available on this website.
DO NOT send money to OFI.


Please follow these steps to set up a collaborative parenting plan evaluation and mediation.



1. Parents and their advising attorneys decide that they want a more complete, less adversarial process, and agree to use the OFI-sponsored collaborative evaluation process.

2. Parents or their attorneys select one or more practitioners from the website listing, or contact the OFI Executive Director for referral to the collaborative evaluators in their area. Some jurisdictions have set up panels of evaluators, some of whom practice using the OFI-sponsored model of collaborative evaluation, and attorneys can get the listing of panel members from their court administrator.

3. Parents or attorneys then contact those practitioners directly, to request information on the evaluator's background and experience, specific charges, mediators used, and specific availability.

4. Both parties and the attorneys agree upon an evaluator, then contact that practitioner to request the necessary forms. The practitioner you select will send the parties the necessary forms to contract for a collaborative evaluation. These forms should identify the evaluator, not OFI.

5. Each party pays their share of the required fees and submits the completed forms to the practitioner to start the collaborative evaluation process. Payment and forms are sent directly to the selected evaluator, not OFI.

6. The evaluator will contact one of several mediators that they use, and may provide the parties a choice of mediators, depending upon price and availability. (In some areas, there may not be as many qualified mediators and choice may be limited). To ensure that there are sufficient funds for this vital part of the model, most practitioners will require pre-payment of both the evaluation fee and the mediation fee before the evaluation process can start. Both payments should be sent to the selected evaluator, who will keep the mediation portion in escrow until the session is held. All financial arrangements and fees will be handled through the evaluator -

Any questions or concerns regarding the selection, payment or services provided by evaluators or mediators using the OFI-sponsored model of collaborative evaluation should be directed to the specific practitioner, or to OFI's Executive Director.

While OFI does not certify, supervise, or maintain on-going oversight of practitioners who are using our model, we do want to know that the collaborative evaluation process is being provided according to the precepts and model we support.


Updated  8/20/14 



PRACTITIONERS USING THE CEM COLLABORATIVE EVALUATION & MEDIATION MODEL

Some jurisdictions have created panels of evaluators who have been approved by a committee and the Presiding Judge.  In other jurisdictions, individuals and their attorneys agree on a private practitioner who has been trained in and uses our model.

The following listings are practitioners who have attended OFI training, and state that they are using our model.  They have given their consent to be listed here.

OFI does not endorse, certify or directly supervise these practitioners.
Please contact them directly for availability before securing a court order.


NOTE: THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WILL BE UNAVAILABLE DURING SEPTEMBER 2014


PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS: PROVIDING EVALUATION COMPONENT


PORTLAND AREA, NORTH COAST, VALLEY

 

NameWENDY BOURG, Ph.D.

              Licensed Psychologist 

Email:  drwendybourg@gmail.com

Phone:  503-320-6996

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland area 

Other Locations where you are willing to practice:  Salem-Eugene; Coast; Central Eastern OR; Southern OR 

My office is:  Has free parking 

Willing to travel:  Yes



Name:  CELESTE DONEEN, LCSW, CADC III

              Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Phone: 503-317-1385

Email:  ciw77@hotmail.com

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland area

Other Locations where you are willing to practice: Salem-Eugene; Coast

My office is: On bus or Lightrail line; Has free parking

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs



Name:  MARK HARWOOD, MS, NCC, CADC

             Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Email:   mhconsult1@msn.com

Phone:  503-295-4401

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland

Other Locations where you are willing to practice: Coast; Salem-Eugene; Central

My office is: On bus or Lightrail line;

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs




SOUTHERN OREGON

Name:  VICTORIA M. BONES, LCSW

              Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Phone: 541-301-0609

Email:  vmohrgan@charter.net

Website:  www.victoriambones.com

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Southern OR

Other Locations where you are willing to provide service:  Portland area; Salem-Eugene; Coast; Central, Eastern OR

My office is:  Handicapped capable; Has free parking

Can provide services using:  Skype; Facetime 

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs





BEND AREA
None listed at this time


PROVIDING CEM POST-EVALUATION MEDIATION COMPONENT ONLY: 

  

Name: JOSHUA KADISH, J.D.

             Licensed Oregon Attorney

Email:  jdk@wysekadish.com

Phone: 503-228-8448

Website:  www.mediate.com/kadish;  www.wysekadish.com

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland area 

Additional Language Capacity:  Spanish

My office is:  Handicapped capable;  On bus or Lightrail line 

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs



Name: LINDA SCHER 

Email:  Linda@Schermediate.com

Phone:  503-232-8550

Website:  www.schermediate.com

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland area 

Other Locations where you are willing to practice:  Salem-Eugene 

My office is:  On bus or Lightrail line. Has free parking

Can provide services using:  Skype 

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs

 


Name:  KALI YOST, MA, J.D. 

              OSB # 030936

Phone: 503-595-3307

Email:  kali@yost.com

Website:  www.kaliyost.com

Primary Geographic Area where you provide the service: Portland area 

My office is:  Handicapped capable; On bus or Lightrail line; Has free parking

Can provide services using:  Skype; Facetime

Willing to travel:  Yes, with some restrictions and/or additional costs