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

Welcome!

My name is Linda Waters and I am honored to be President of the WMA for the current term. Thirty-three years ago, WMA was founded by individuals who recognized the value of promoting mediation as an alternative to expensive litigation.

In the years since its founding, the goals of the WMA have grown with the times. We are now a strong statewide community of conflict management professionals. We provide:

  • Peer-reviewed Member Mediator Certification that recognizes training and experience, and confers permission to use the WMAC (TM) designation.
  • Online resources that explain the benefits of mediation to the public and enable them to find a certified mediator quickly and easily.
  • A forum for networking, both in person and online, for all types of mediators, including volunteers, attorneys, and non- attorneys in private practice.

Today, we have expanded our offerings to include a streamlined certification process; easy access to our growing list of certified mediators; and growing opportunities for networking and continuing education including an annual conference, webinars, and more information about trainings in the state.

If you have any suggestions for how the WMA could better support you, or if you’d like to join me in serving on our board or one of its several committees, I would love to talk with you! Click here to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Linda L. Waters, WMAC
Washington Mediation Association President

 

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