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General Information

  • Official name: Washington Mediation Association
  • Country: USA
  • City: Seattle
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1982
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of conflicts



The Washington Mediation Association (WMA) is a non-profit organization of mediators and people interested in promoting mediation as a dispute resolution process in the State of Washington. It was founded in 1982 as the Mediation Consortium of Washington State and changed its name in 2000.


Serving as a mediator can be one of the most satisfying and challenging roles in a person’s life. It is extremely rewarding to know that you were instrumental in the true resolution of someone else’s conflict. It is challenging, not only because the skills are difficult to learn, but because while the need for mediation is great, the market demand for professional mediation services is still very low. This means it is quite difficult to make a living doing only mediation. The few who have become successful have gradually increased their caseloads over a period of many years. Most also started out with at least a potential source of cases from their profession(s) of origin.

Fortunately, mediation is not strictly a professional calling. People from all walks of life can and should become mediators. These mediators apply their skills not only as volunteers in Dispute Resolution Centers, but in their everyday lives as parents, board and committee members, supervisors, employees, teachers, counselors, neighbors, and as citizens in a democratic society. While it is assumed that those who pursue mediation as a profession are generally expected to demonstrate higher qualifications and the ability to handle more complex kinds of conflict, there is plenty of basic conflict work for everyone. Human conflict is a normal part of life, and it is everywhere; yet most people have been ill prepared to manage it successfully.

The Washington Mediation Association therefore recommends basic conflict management training to everyone. Mediation training is appropriate for those who want additional skills or whose jobs require them to be proficient in handling disputes involving co-workers, clients, or the general public.

Mediator Program: The WMA Mediator Mentor Program

As an alternative to taking a practicum at a WMA-approved, DRC Practicum Program, a member can also meet the mediator certification experience requirement by completing at least 24 hours of supervised mediation with a WMA approved mentor. The first step in the mentor program is for the applicant to select a qualified mentor. The mentor need not be a certified mediator with the WMA nor specifically endorsed by the WMA, so long as they have at least 36 hours of basic mediation training, at least 50 hours of advanced mediation training, at least 200 hours of mediation experience, and agree in writing to abide by the WMA Standards of Practice for Mediators. Applicants who have already worked with a mentor, or who wish to do so, need to submit their mentor's qualifications and a brief summary of their mediation experience to WMA for approval (unless they have been pre-approved by WMA). Applicants also need to submit a signed statement from their mentor that they abide by the WMA's Standards of Practice for Mediators.

The applicant and the mentor will then design the mentorship together. Each mentorship may have three parts:

  • 1) a series of observations,
  • 2) a series of co-mediations, and
  • 3) a period of solo mediations while consulting with a mentor mediator.

However each applicant and mentor can develop their own program and can determine how many observations (if any), co-mediations, and how much consulting time will be included in the supervision. At a minimum each mentorship must include supervision for at least 24 hours of actual experience in the role of a mediator or co-mediator in a least 3 separate cases. Each case must include at least an opening statement by the mediator, opening statements by the parties, some negotiation, and closure. Any case development time done by the mediator may also be included to satisfy the 24 hour requirement.

In order to experience a variety of styles, the applicant may do their observations and co- mediations with mediators other than their supervising mentor as long as those mediators are supervised by the mentor.

The applicant will provide documentation to the mentor and to WMA of all mediation done under the mentorship including:

  • 1) A brief description of the form of case practice experience including the types of cases involved;
  • 2) Approximate number of hours involved in each type of case practice and the total number of hours of case practice;
  • 3) A list of persons who may have co-mediated or observed the applicant's case practice and the name, address and phone number for the mentor mediator, and
  • 4) One memorandum of agreement rendered anonymous resulting from the cases mediated or co-mediated.

When the mentor and applicant agree that the applicant has completed their mentorship, the mentor will write a letter of recommendation to the WMA indicating that the applicant has finished. The mentor need not submit an evaluation of the mentee's performance.


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