John Dugan

John Dugan

John Dugan is a mediator, a licensed independent clinical social worker, and a founding partner of Elder Decisions. After receiving his mediation certificate from the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), he became the program's case coordinator, staff mediator, and advanced mediation trainer. His specialty is with families experiencing major life changes such as divorce, post-divorce, CHINS, and elder care. He has written about family conflicts for and has trained professionals throughout Massachusetts including at the Annual Conference of Geriatric Care Managers and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. John joined Howell Larsen Associates in Lexington, MA, to become Director of Elder Care Mediation.


John is a former board member of the Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners. He received his undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and his graduate degree from Smith College School for Social Work.

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Articles and Video:

Elder Decisions in Elder Mediation (11/01/04)
Elder mediation brings family members and professionals together to address the major life changes inherent in the aging process. In these mediations, the issues most families raise involve housing transitions, financial control, and new and difficult conversations between parents and adult children. Through skillful mediation, seniors and their families can gain control of what is important to them and protect family relationships in the process.