Established: 02/90
Revised: 07/07
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2



Under general direction, to provide advanced level mediation and conciliation services to couples and families experiencing domestic relations problems and disputes; and to do other work as required.


The Family Court Services Department provides assistance and support to strengthen family relationships, reduce the harmful impact of family conflict and reduce the reliance on the court for the adjudication of family conflict.  The Department also provides a continuum of prevention and intervention services including information and referral, counseling, mediation, education and training services to Clackamas County couples and families.

The Mediation and Conciliation Specialist works within the Family Court Services Department and mediates family and domestic relations issues, provides marital counseling and mandatory parent education to Clackamas County couples and families. This classification reports to the Director of Family Court Services.

This classification differs from the Mental Health Specialist 2, which is responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating mental health clients and families.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Provides mediation and counseling to disputing parties involved in pre-, mid-, and post-divorce cases and other family disputes; conducts intake services, including interviewing clients to gather history and assess for appropriateness, readiness and capacity for domestic relations mediation; facilitates joint mediation sessions to assist in negotiation of domestic relations issues, including custody, parenting time, estate division and spousal and child support; co-mediates youth and family mediation sessions; prepares letters, memos and written agreements for the disputing parties.
  2. Performs case management duties related to clients, including discussing issues with parties that arise throughout the normal progress of the case, documenting incidents, scheduling and counseling and assistance to parties outside of the formal mediation process; refers callers to other community services; collaborates with collaborative agencies regarding joint client services.
  3. Creates and maintains complete and accurate files and other records as required; works as a team member in staff meetings, peer consultations, mediation meetings, case consultations and other related meetings (county, state agencies, community partners, professional disciplines); may supervise interns in the Intern Training Program.
  4. Participates in continuing education trainings; prepares and conducts continuing education trainings and psycho educational workshops for peers and community members.
  5. Mediates and presents training sessions with teens and families in the areas of peer mediation or youth and family mediation; teaches in the mandatory parent education program.

Depending on areas of specialty, duties may also include:

  1. Conducts child custody evaluations including interviewing children, parents, family groups, affiliated professionals and collateral contacts; administers assessment tools, makes recommendations to the court regarding custody and parenting time; prepares substantive written child custody study reports.
  2. Provides clinical therapy to children and families related to issues surrounding family transition.
  3. Provides legal information and assists parties in completion of legal documents.


Knowledge of: Mediation, short term couples counseling; behavior and adjustment problems of individuals involved in family disputes; child development; alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence and child abuse; family financial planning and budgeting; family dynamics and family systems theory; family conflict theory; family law and divorce processes; financial issues related to divorce; interviewing techniques; treatment and social service referral/resources available in the community. 

Skill to: Mediate and/or counsel between diverse individuals experiencing family conflict; intervene effectively in stressful conflict and occasionally hostile situations; conduct assessments on family members; maintain accurate and complete records; maintain client confidentiality; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, judges, attorneys, community, private and governmental agencies, County employees and the public.


Some positions require a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and active Oregon State Bar license, certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), certification as a Marriage and Family Therapist (M.F.T.), and/or a psychology license.  

Some positions require bi-lingual, bi-cultural skills. 

Some positions require knowledge and skills in adult and/or teen education and training. 

Some positions require knowledge and skills related to child and family therapy.  

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Education: Master’s degree with substantial course work in behavioral sciences or a law degree from an accredited law school with substantial course work and/or Continuing Legal Education credits in family law. Other training and experience as required by Chief Justice Rule No. 05-028.  For positions that will provide conciliation (counseling), minimum educational and experience qualifications of a master’s degree in the behavioral sciences; or a bachelor’s degree and one year’s graduate training, both in the behavioral sciences plus two years’ paid case work or clinical experience; or a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral sciences plus four years’ paid case work or clinical experience. (ORS 107.610).