About WMA

WMA is a state wide professional organization of mediators that includes Independent mediators, attorneys, volunteers, and organizations. Members advocate for the use of mediation as a powerful conflict resolution tool and support each other’s efforts to continually improve the quality and usefulness of mediation.

For the Public

WMA maintains a trademarked certification program to help the public find highly qualified mediators and understand how mediation works. To identify important factors related to choosing a mediator see our “Choosing Mediation” with discussion about the process and identifying what you may need. Decide on which mediator by searching our member listings in “Find a Mediator

For our Members

WMA provides the opportunity to associate with fellow mediators through events, training, newsletters and blogs. WMA joins with other organizations to create the consensus on mediator standards and to provide the WMAC trademark for use by our certified members. We allow members to describe their practice as a means of helping potential clients match up with the right mediator.

President’s Welcome

Mediators are passionate about mediation. The process allows parties to end costly and difficult conflicts with personally crafted agreements and often ongoing positive relationships. Great satisfaction comes to the parties and the mediator when two people, barely able to speak to each other, enter the room and several hours later leave embracing resolution and a new peace in their lives.

The Washington Mediation Association members are committed to promoting mediation. Our members include independent mediators, attorneys, volunteers, and conflict resolution organizations. We work together to accomplish what would be difficult to do as individual practioners.

Foremost among WMA’s services to our members and the public is our certification program. WMA has worked with educational institutions and dispute resolution centers to identify a consensus on appropriate training and internship requirements. Members voluntarily submit educational and experience summaries for verification by our Certification Committee. When standards are met mediators are allowed to use the WMAC trademark to indicate their compliance.

WMA also provides members with the opportunity to describe their practice and contact information to help the public and other mediator’s identify them. Our web pages contain information about the process of mediation, standards, and important considerations in choosing to mediate and finding a mediator.

WMA also promotes continuing education and training opportunities, including our Fall Un-Conference where mediators meet to discuss mutual concerns and learn about innovations in the trade.

Welcome to our web site. We invite membership and encourage public use of the information provided.

Warren Olson,
President, Washington Mediation Association

 

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