About Southern California Mediation Association

Upcoming SCMA Events

SCMA presents many programs and events throughout the year ranging from Social to Networking to Education to Professional Development.

Mon 19

SCMA Pasadena Professional Development Group

October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue 20

Secrets of Successful Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

October 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
San Diego
Fri 13

SCMA Board Meeting

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Southern California Mediation Association, founded in 1989, is devoted to promoting mediation as a tool for resolving conflict. Mediation empowers parties to design their own solutions to disputes that might otherwise prove costly and cumbersome to resolve in court or arbitration. Mediation can also be used to solve problems that might not be suitable for court at all. SCMA provides resources for the public to learn more about mediation, and to find mediators skilled in assisting with all kinds of disputes. To find a suitable mediator, and learn more about whether mediation can help resolve your family’s or your business’s dispute, go to the Select a Mediator page.

Conference 2015: It’s Here!

The 27th annual Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) conference will explore the various ways in which mediators can become agents of social change in the world. In today’s inter-connected world, there are numerous opportunities for mediators to support societal change through peaceful dialogue. From the ongoing battle over the legalization of same-sex marriage to the highly charged debates over interactions between police departments and minority communities, there are many areas in need of the leadership of trained mediators.

Conference 2015: Become a Sponsor

The success of our Conference is a direct result of not only the attendees, but also the sponsors. In return for a financial commitment, the sponsors receive various benefits.

Celebrate this Conflict Resolution Day October 15, 2015

The Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation (SCMA-EF) joins the Association for Conflict Resolution in support of National Conflict Resolution Day with several very important events and proclamations in support of Conflict Resolution Day from public officials in Santa Monica, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA—The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) has designated every third Thursday in October—this year, October 15, 2015 as Conflict Resolution Day in order to increase public awareness about conflict resolution and its many benefits.

The SCMA Education Foundation will be sponsoring the following events in the Los Angeles area:

Long Beach, CA-October 15, 2015 9:00 am. Abigail Mejia, Field Deputy for Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will present the Conflict Resolution Day Proclamation on the steps of the Deukmejian Court House. Maria Simpson, President of the SCMA-EF and Judge Douglas Stern and Commissioner Nicole Heeseman will be on hand to accept the proclamation in celebration of this day.

Santa Monica, CA – October 15, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A representative from Mayor Kevin McKeown’s office will present the Conflict Resolution Day proclamation before the youth presentations on Peer Mediation, Making Peace: Kids and Their Conflict Stories- Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA

Los Angeles – October 16, 2015 10:00 am. Councilman Paul Kortez will present the proclamation from the City of Los Angeles for Conflict Resolution Day before the council meeting. 200 North Spring Street, 3rd Floor Council Room,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

About the Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation:

The Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation seeks to support the education of mediators and the increased public awareness of mediation. Our vision is to build a more peaceful society by having the benefits of mediation so clearly understood by the public that it becomes the preferred conflict resolution process for disputes at work, at home, in school, with businesses, and within the community.

About the Association for Conflict Resolution:

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR’s membership is comprised of more than 6,000 members from all facets of the conflict resolution field, including arbitrators, mediators, mediation organizations, program administrators and conflict resolution educators. ACR sparked Conflict Resolution Day in 2005. In 2006, World Mediation Forum joined in sponsoring Conflict Resolution Day.

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SCMA Education Foundation


The SCMA Education Foundation’s mission is to support the education of mediators and increase public awareness of mediation. The Foundation focuses on raising public awareness of mediation so that it becomes the first option for conflict resolution in personal, professional and community disputes.

To reach this goal, the Foundation supports projects that educate the public about mediation and teach mediation skills, beginning at an early age with peer mediation programs and continuing with adult community programs.

SCMA President Elect Floyd Siegal congratulates Maria Simpson, President of the SCMA Education Foundation on achieving the $1000 goal of the first SCMA Challenge Grant

SCMA President Elect Floyd Siegal congratulates Maria Simpson, President of the SCMA Education Foundation on achieving the $1000 goal of the first SCMA Challenge Grant

We did it! Thanks to all the very generous contributors the SCMA Education Foundation met the SCMA Challenge Grant and raised over $1000! We truly appreciate your generosity and will keep you up-to-date on our fall activities so you know your contribution is being well used.

Look for announcements of our activities for National Conflict Resolution Day on October 15 and National Giving Tuesday, December 2!

Thank You 2015 Challenge Grant Contributors!

Benefactors ($200 or more)

Sharon Harper

Phyllis Pollack

Supporters (($15-$100)

Terri Breer

Barbara Brown

Debra Dupree

Jill Frank

Wendy Kramer

Michelle Mikesell

Susan North

Sally Patchen

Anne Sawyer

Floyd Siegal

Marco Turk

Kathryn Turk

Julie Waggoner

Robyn Weinstein

Marvin Whistler

Scott Woodhill

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