Family Sector


Alumni Highlight l Careers l Elective Courses l Internships l Final Project l Faculty Highlight


In this area you will focus most prominently on divorce mediation, but will also work on mediating prenuptial agreements, parent/teen mediation, inter-generational disputes, probate and elder issues mediation, family property and family business conflicts, and collaborative law.

Alumni Highlight 

Sequoia Hill '16

Family Mediator

Lane County Youth Services (Eugene, OR)

Sequoia Hill

Sequoia facilitates a court-mandated parent education class, "Focus on Children", for parents who are establishing custody/parenting time. She mediates parents of minor aged children who need to discuss parenting time and custody to create a parenting plan. Sequoia also carries court-ordered supervised parenting time cases. 

"During my time with CRES, I really appreciated the networking opportunities. Without the opportunity to connect with the family mediation program as a student I would not have the career I have today!"


  • Dependency/Delinquency Mediator, Children and Family Services, Pima County Juvenile Court, Tucson, AZ.
  • Family Law Facilitator, Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, CA.
  • Family Court Mediator Program Coordinator, Yolo County Superior Court, Woodland, CA.
  • Child Permanency Mediator, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, New York, NY.
  • Family Centered Mediator, Children and Youth and Families Department, State of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Elective Course Ideas

CPSY 613 – Introduction to Counseling Psychology

CRES 660 – Family Mediation

FHS 582 – Prevention of Youth Violence

FHS 583 – Prevention of Interpersonal Violence

LAW 600 – Family Law

LAW 640 – Children and Law

PS 510 – Politics of Marriage

PSY 572 – Psychology of Trauma

PSY 573 – Marital and Family Therapies

SOC 525 – Issues in Sociology of Familyg

Internship Ideas

  • A Family for Every Child
  • Center for Dialogue and Resolution
  • Lane County Mediation & Restorative Services
  • Lane County Youth Services
  • Ophelia’s Place – Eugene, OR
  • Prairie Land Conflict Mediation Center
  • Sponsors, Inc.
  • WomenSpace

Previous Final Projects

A Survey of the Issues Pertaining to Child Custody and Child Support

Adoption Mediation PACAs: Creating Post-Adoption Communication Agreements between Kin, Kith, and Adoptive Families

Conflict Resolution in Arranged Marriages – An Indo-American Mediator’s Perspective

Handbook of Parenting Plan Provisions

Mediation for Modern Families: A Transdisciplinary Exploration

The Art and Science of Family Mediation: Past Practices, Present Challenges and Future Possibilities

The Family Relations Mediation Training Project


Faculty Highlight

Nathaline Frener

Pro Tem Instructor

Nathaline Frener

Professor Frener teaches Restorative Justice (Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course), Conflicts of Incarceration, and Family Mediation for the CRES Program. Her academic interests include: restorative justice, incarceration, family mediation.

Nathaline’s Restorative Justice course is taught using the Inside-Out Prison Exchange model that takes UO students to the Oregon State Penitentiary to learn alongside students who are incarcerated. Nathaline has also taught Introduction to Conflict, co-taught the law school’s Small Claims Clinic, served as a field instructor with the law school’s Probate Clinic, and was an instructor with the UO Women’s and Gender Studies Department. In addition to her work at the University, Nathaline is the Assistant Director of Correcrtional Services for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Nathaline currently serves on the Oregon State Bar’s (OSB) State Professional Responsibility Board, OSB House of Delegates, Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Committee (PSCC), and the Lane County PSCC Juvenile sub-committee. She is also a member of the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors Association. Nathaline holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, both from UO.