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The Polk County Parent Education Program and Mediation Orientation is a program offered to help keep court costs down and prvide litigants with a way to resolve disputes and come to an agreement in domestic relations cases.

Attendance at the Polk County class is mandatory.  The class focuses mostly on the impact divorce has on children at various stages.  The class location is the Polk County Courthouse on the first floor of the main building, in the first floor conference room.  Two mediators instruct each class on a rotation.

Mediation sessions begin only after the parties have attended the class and have agreed upon and scheduled an appointment with a mediator.  If custody and/or parenting time are not at issue and mediation is not appropriate, paper work must be submitted to WAIVE mediation.

If you live outside the state, please contact the mediation coordinators,


Loy Thommen Treatment Court Coordinator 503-623-1877
Nichol Smith Family Facilitator 503-831-5966
Schedule: Class is held every other Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas, Oregon
First Floor of Main Building -  Conference Room



Mark Geiger
317 Court St. NE, Suite 211
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 588-1723
Phil Groh
1320 Edgewater St. NW #220
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 364-6515

Mark Miller
2355 State St.
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 949-5136

John W. Grill
1645 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 871-5459
Scott McArthur
112 N. Atwater St.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
(503) 838-0251

Sally Penna
207 W. Main St.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
(503) 838-6420

Kate Groh
1320 Edgewater St. NW #220
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 364-6515

Lisa Mayfield
189 Liberty St. NE, Suite 202
PO Box 2634
Salem, OR 97308
(503) 588-5884

Thomas Stern
1645 Liberty SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 399-8518

Peter Johnson

2425 13th St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 602-8166

Julia Rice
1247 Commercial St. SE, Suite 101 
Salem, Oregon 97302
(971) 273-7479