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.
The Washington Mediation Association offers a Fall Conference each year in October. The conference was first called an “Unconference” with the goal to bring participants together in an unstructured environment and with their peers, brainstorm answers to the questions of the day. This event has evolved into a full day seminar. A panel of experienced mediators provide new ideas and information in the morning. In the afternoon, participants return to the unconference format to discuss ideas of all kinds in a peer-to-peer setting. Last year, we successfully transitioned the Fall Conference to a virtual conference. Moving forward, the virtual Fall Conference will take place in October. Please check back for registration details in September 2021.
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.
The Mediator's Cafe is a virtual meeting held monthly. These 90-minute sessions are designed to inform and inspire the WMA membership and invited guests about key mediation-related issues happening around Washington state. Curious about attending? Ask us about a complimentary ticket or visit our Shop page and purchase a monthly membership to The Mediator's Cafe today. Read more about past Mediator's Cafe events on the News/Blog page.
It’s been a year since we began the Mediator’s Café. The Board of Directors of the Washington Mediation Association wants to thank our membership for your participation in this first year of Mediator’s Café sessions and for your offering of topic ideas and feedback. We’ve had some wonderful presenters and interesting topics and will be bringing more great opportunities for learning and connection in the coming year.</p>
<p>Thanks also to the presenters who were willing to share their knowledge, skills, and experience with our WMA members and did so without expectation of payment. You are much appreciated: Jim Saunders, Noam Ebner, Jeanie Walker, Steve Olson, Robert Harper, Maija West