IMA believes people are entitled to constructive and empowering relationships toward conflict. We are committed to achieving this mission by:
Who We Are
The Idaho Mediation Association (IMA) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1983, holding chapters throughout the entire State of Idaho. Our members practice mediation (and related types of dispute resolution) in a variety of areas including divorce, business, environmental, family, government and workplace. Through many hours of case practice and training experience, our mediators offer a safe environment for parties to express their needs and concerns, discuss options and reach a mutually agreeable resolution. Our members have gone through the required process to become a Certified Professional Mediator (CPM). The Association fosters the advancement of mediation through education and professional development.
The IMA office is located in Boise, Idaho. Our members live and mediate throughout the entire State of Idaho, and beyond. We offer referrals to the public through this website.
History of Idaho Mediation Association
In 1983, three social workers — Patricia Crete Brown, Dick Butcher, and Paul Evers — signed Idaho Mediation Association’s articles of incorporation. The organization’s goal was “to promote the growth and development of non-adversarial and participatory forms of dispute management” in Idaho.
IMA was formed as a nonprofit, interdisciplinary organization committed to resolving disputes in a less adversarial manner. In the early years, it was a fledgling organization that consisted of a handful of people who saw its potential and created a structure from which to explore and promote their percolating ideas.
As it grew, IMA assumed responsibility for the quality control aspect of dispute resolution by promoting mediation through education and professional development. In 1987, IMA, borrowing from the 1984 AFCC Model Standards, developed standards of practice. In 1993, its Board of Directors undertook a significant project to advance the practice of mediation in Idaho and nationwide. They created the credentialing committee, chaired by Bayard Gregory, which developed a professional certification program and a grievance procedure, and standards of practice. Since then, Washington, Montana, and New York have adopted IMA's certification process.IMA awarded its first Certified Professional Mediator designations in 1994. To date, over 380 individuals have been certified as Certified Professional Mediators with IMA. IMA has continued to maintain its interdisciplinary focus and remains on the cutting edge of mediation issues in Idaho.