McKnight Mediation & Family Services offers mediation services for the following types of cases --
- large group disputes and communication coaching or facilitation
- parenting plans and marriage dissolutions
- parent-adolescent disputes and other family disputes
- restorative justice disputes
- community disputes (i.e. neighborhoods, landlord/tenant, ministry groups, etc.)
Under the Uniform Mediation Act (Chapter 7.07 RCW), mediation is defined as "a process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute." This is often a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation or arbitration. Mediating parties are asked to participate in "good faith" and in an earnest attempt to resolve their differences.
Mediation is a voluntary process and an informal process in which McKnight Mediation & Family Services works with all parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem-solving and exploring settlement alternatives. Decision-making authority remains with the parties, not the mediator.
Under the Uniform Mediation Act (Chapter 7.07 RCW), mediation is confidential and closed to all persons not otherwise agreed upon by both mediating parties. All mediation communications are privileged, except in the following circumstances:
A written agreement is reached and parties sign and file the settlement with the local Clerk.
- A threat or statement of a plan to inflict bodily injury or commit a crime of violence is made at any time during the mediation process (including screening or follow up calls).
- Disclosure of intentional plans to commit a crime, attempts to commit a crime, or notation to conceal an ongoing crime or ongoing criminal activity made at any time during the mediation process (including screening or follow up calls).
- A statement made to prove or disprove a claim or complaint of professional misconduct or malpractice filed against me as the mediator.
- Statements made to prove or disprove abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of a minor, elder adult, or persons with a disability made at any time during the mediation process (including screening or follow up calls).
At times, mediation may be court-ordered. In which case, the mediator may need to disclose to the court that the mediation occurred and whether a resolution was reached on any or all of the issues. The mediator may also, with the parties' consent, identify matters which, if resolved or completed, would facilitate the possibility of a settlement.
If an agreement is reached during the mediation session(s), the mediator will capture it in writing, in terms agreed upon by both mediating parties.
guardian ad litem services
I am a Certified Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in the State of Washington and offer services to families with an emphasis on minors.
Chapter 26.12.175 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) reports that the court may appoint a GAL to represent the interests of a minor or dependent child when the court believes the
appointment of a GAL is necessary to protect the best interest of the child. Parties may also agree to joint recommendation of securing a GAL. My role as your child's GAL is to investigate and
report factual information regarding the issues ordered to be reported or investigated to the court.
Counseling services are available on a case-by-case basis. My focus will be on adolescents (ages 13 and older). I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in the State of Washington and have extensive experience in the behavioral health field, ranging from case management to group therapy; crisis response and prevention experience to policy development; and program management to cross-system planning.
My preferred theory of practice is Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, but I have experience in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as well. I am also trained and experienced in Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) treating children and adolescent suffering from trauma and loss. Finally, I am trained and experienced in working with adolescents struggling with chemical dependency
communication coaching & group facilitation SERVICES
For staff retreats, team projects, team building and multi-systemic collaboration efforts, and other communication improvement measures, I offer communication coaching and group facilitation sessions.
Rates are negotiable per contract.
I hold the following degrees and experience to aid in this facilitation and coaching process:
Masters of Business Administration in Business Administration
Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Bachelor or Arts in Speech Communication
Mediation -- $100.00 per hour per case
(first consultation call is free)
GAL Services -- $100.00 per hour
($1,000.00 retainer fee)
Counseling -- $80.00 per hour
(if paid in cash at time of service)
Group Facilitation -- Rates Vary
**Rates may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.