Our Mission

The Southern California Mediation Association’s mission is to promote mediation, excellence in the practice of mediation, and community awareness of the mediation process through education, dialogue, and outreach.

About The Southern California Mediation Association

The Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) was founded in 1989 to establish a professional community for mediators and to provide opportunities for its members to enhance their skills, knowledge, and professional practices.

Today, the SCMA has more than 450 professional mediator members who participate in the work of the Association through committees, task forces, and study groups. The Association offers various benefits to its members including access to discounted educational programs and conferences,, discounted training opportunities, access to SCMA Study Groups, a listing on the SCMA Select A Mediator page, as well as discounted liability insurance.

Our members work to educate the residents of Southern California of the benefits of mediation, and participate in the national dialogue to improve the field of conflict resolution and the practice of mediation.

Through the SCMA Education Foundation, the SCMA works to support community peacemaking initiatives, and the work of various community dispute resolution programs throughout Southern California.

The SCMA is a tax-exempt association formed as a 501(c) 6, the classification designated for organizations whose primary purpose is the development and promotion of a professional activity.