Updated 10/18/14
Brief Bio

Alison Taylor, MA, LPC

- Executive Director for the Oregon Family Institute, a think-tank for innovative programs for courts and families.  
- Private Practice doing counseling, mediation, parent coordination, and custody evaluation

- Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory & Practice,  Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2002

- Co-author of two books on Mediation - 1984 and 2000
- Taught at Lewis & Clark Law Sch., Antioch, Marylhurst, Portland State
- Journal articles

- Divorce mediator, 30+ years divorce mediation experience
- Family therapist for Community Corrections drug & alcohol aftercare
- Instructor for groups & classes for men in residential substance abuse treatment, Multnomah and Washington Counties.
- Training Coordinator and Mediator for Clackamas County, ten years
- Speaker for professional workshops in USA, Ireland, Taiwan


•      Master’s Degree in Counseling & Personnel
•    Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  since 1991 (#C0842)
•    Clinical Counseling Supervision 30 hr training
•    Exceeds OR minimum qualifications for domestic relations mediators
•    30+ years experience in mediation
•    15  years experience in couples counseling
•    Private practice & public sector programs
•    Training professionals in collaborative custody evaluation
•    University teaching in negotiation, mediation
•    Supervision of graduate interns

Professional Summary 

Multi-tasking, innovative professional manager of people, programs
and systems.

Recognized expert and published author on mediation
and family dispute resolution.

  • Instruction and training in conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Mediation and family therapy direct services to clients in crisis and conflict
  • Clinical and administrative supervision of lawyers, social workers, therapists & mediators
  • Start-up and management of new programs and services for families

Master’s (M.A.)
in Counseling & Personnel, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Bachelors (B.A.)
in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa      

Professional Credentials

  • Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), OBLPCT, #CO842, 1991 to current

  • Clinical Counseling Supervision, required 30 training, 1991-92, update 2001

  • Oregon Certified Special Education Mediator, 1983, update 1991

  • Advanced Practitioner and Approved Consultant of ACR (formerly AFM)

Professional Experience


OREGON FAMILY INSTITUTE                               

Hillsboro, OR     2002 - Current

Statewide non-profit corporation helping families in transition and courts that serve them.  Think-tank for innovative programs, developing grants and demonstration projects, and providing consultation and training.

Executive Director: 

Management and financial oversight of the non-profit organization.

  •      Board of Directors support
  •     Actively involved in board development and recruiting
  •    Conducted first board retreat
  •    Website design and maintenance
  •    Create new programs for families in transition
  •     Consult with Presiding Judges, court administrators  
  •     Develop and deliver professional training