Oregon Mediation Association

PO Box 40041
Portland, OR 97240
Phone: 503-872-9775

Barbara Blackstone
Blackstone Associates

2211 SW 1st Ave, Suite #1201
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-525-4120
Fax: 503-525-4488
Email: [email protected]
Other URL http://www.disputealternatives.com
Blackstone Associates is a consulting practice for mediation and collaborative problem-solving processes primarily focused on conflicts in the workplace.

Locations Served

Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Church/Religious
  • Consumer
  • Cross Cultural/Intercultural
  • Disability
  • Discrimination/Harassment
  • Educaton
  • Elder Mediation
  • Employment
  • Estate/Probate
  • Homeowners/Condominium Associations
  • Housing/Landlord-Tenant
  • Labor
  • Land Use
  • Neighborhood/Community
  • Organizational
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative Justice
  • Schools
  • Small Claims
  • Transportation
  • Workplace
  • Youth and Family

Additional Professional Services

  • Conflict Resolution Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution System Design
  • Consensus/Team Building
  • Facilitation
  • Group Conferencing
  • Organizational Development
  • Public Participation
  • Training

Approach to Practice / Form of Mediation

We use a variety of processes (coaching, facilitation, mediation, group conferencing, and training) depending on the needs of the client.


Barbara Blackstone, founder and principal of Blackstone Associates, is a skilled mediator with extensive experience in identifying and analyzing conflict issues and developing and implementing appropriate resolution processes. Blackstone has been an active mediator since 1987, and has provided conflict resolution services in public, private, non-profit, and academic settings. While at the Minnesota Office of Dispute Resolution (1995-2003), Blackstone developed and implemented the state’s award-winning Workplace Mediation Program that focused on resolving issues before they escalated into formal complaints or lawsuits. She also developed mediation programs for human rights, ADA issues, and vocational rehabilitation, and was instrumental in qualifying the Office as a contract provider for the EEOC mediation program. She is an accomplished mediator, group facilitator, presenter and trainer on conflicts in the workplace. Blackstone is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA).


Blackstone has an undergraduate degree from Carleton College, Northfield, MN and a graduate degree with honors in urban studies from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. She has had more than 700 hours of mediation and group process training and has served as a trainer for many others.

Fee Information

$150 per hour or negotiated fee.



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