Frequently Asked Questions
What is WAM?
The Wisconsin Association of Mediators (WAM) is a non-profit association of professional mediators, volunteer mediators, and individuals interested in the field of mediation. Our roots go back to 1983 when a small group of divorce mediators formed an organization to promote their professional interests. Since that time, WAM has grown to nearly 300 members, including members from a number of states, several foreign countries, and nearly every area of mediation practice.ess "Manage Questions" button.
Why should I join?
If you are thinking about becoming a mediator, WAM membership provides an opportunity to network with experienced mediators and participate in training and professional development activities to learn more about the field of mediation.
How do I become a member?
Simply fill out a membership form and send with your dues to the office mailing address at:
What are the dues?
Individual dues for a calendar year are $75; full-time student is $30. Institutional dues are $195. Institutional membership allows three (3) mediators with the same organization located at the same address to be members. Fill out the form here.
What are the membership benefits?
What is necessary to be a mediator in Wisconsin?
Do I have to have certain training or a certain degree?
Do I have to be licensed?
The practice of mediation is not licensed in Wisconsin. Several states, including Wisconsin, are looking into the issue of licensure and credentialing.
Where can I get training?
What about malpractice insurance?
Malpractice insurance is available through Complete Equity Insurance to members of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and/or the Association for Conflict Resolution. Application information can be obtained bycontacting Complete Equity Insurance, 1098 South Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, Illinois 60090 (800) 323-6234.
What do mediators charge?
There is no standard fee for mediation and fees vary greatly among private practitioners, community mediation centers, and government agencies. Hourly fees generally range from $50 - $300 per hour. Some mediation rosters pay by the case which generally range from $300 - $1,000 per case.
Are there any other organizations I should know about?
Are there committees or things I can volunteer for?
WAM is governed by a board of directors elected by the membership at the annual meeting. If you are interested in learning more about serving on the board of directors, please contact any board member. Contact information can be found on the website at www.wamediators.org.
How do most mediators get clients?
Mediators get clients in a variety of ways, the same as other professionals – through advertising, word of mouth, professional networking and presentations to organizations. Some mediators contract with government and private agencies that provide roster mediators to clients. Some mediators are employees of agencies that provide mediation services.
Is there someone who will let me sit in on a mediation so I can observe?
Many organizations that utilize volunteer mediators provide a practicum experience that includes observing actual mediations and/or co-mediating with an experienced mediator. Academic programs may also include a practicum experience. There is no formal mentoring program in WAM, although individual mediators may choose to provide mentoring services on a case-by-case basis.
Does anyone provide supervision?
Many organizations that utilize volunteer mediators provide supervision for their volunteers as do academic programs that include a practicum. There is no formal supervision program offered nor is supervision required by state law.
Are there any intership or volunteer opportunities?
Some nonprofit organizations that provide mediation services will accept interns. There are many volunteer opportunities with these organizations.
Where can I get a job? Does WAM list job openings?
Most job opportunities are not listed under “Mediator Wanted” in the Help Wanted ads. Some counties employ mediators in Family Court. Nonprofit organizations that provide mediation services employ directors and other staff. Some mediators teach at universities while others are employed as other neutrals such as ombudsman. WAM does not currently list job openings.
How do I become certified?
There is no “certification” at this time in Wisconsin. There are certificate programs available at universities and many training programs will provide a certificate of completion.