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IMA Member Spotlight: Melissa Bishop, CPM, DSP

02/14/2024 11:39 AM | Leigh Barer (Administrator)

Welcome to IMA Member Spotlight, where we take a closer look at individual IMA members and why they became mediators. 

Meet IMA board member Melissa Bishop, a certified professional mediator (CPM) and a certified direct service provider (DSP) through the Idaho Domestic Violence Council. In addition to mediating, she facilitates domestic violence programming for individuals convicted of domestic violence or domestic violence-related crimes at Trivium Life Services. Melissa brings her extensive criminal justice background (12 plus years) and experience as a responder to her conflict resolution work.

Here are a few questions IMA posed to Melissa and her responses:

Q: When and why did you become a mediator? 

A: I became a mediator in 2022 because I want to help individuals learn how to communicate in healthier ways and resolve issues. I also wanted to challenge myself professionally in another area of practice.

Q: What types of mediation do you practice?

A: My practice areas include child custody, small claims, evictions, and neighborhood disputes.

Q: When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time? 

A: I enjoy anything with my family. We love to camp, hike, boat, and fish.

Q: What is one tip or piece of advice you would like to share with other mediators?

A: Show up authentically and encourage those you work with to stay future-focused. 

Q: Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

A: I love spending my time with my family and friends above all else, and enjoying the beautiful state we live in!

Q: Please share with us one fun fact about yourself.

A: One fun fact about me is that I have been pepper sprayed and tased for training purposes.

Thank you, Melissa for participating in our IMA Member Spotlight!

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