Charkoudian Considers the Role of Community Mediation

Posted: November 21, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Lorig Charkoudian, researcher and trainer for the Maryland Association of Community Mediation Centers, is the guest speaker at today’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) brown bag lecture. Her topic is “Decoding Community Mediation: What Are Mediators Doing? What Difference Does It Make? And What Do They Mean by Success?”

Charkoudian, founder of the Community Mediation Program (CMP), earned her Ph.D. in economics at Johns Hopkins University. She began the CMP in 1995 when she moved to Baltimore and learned she could not continue as a volunteer mediator because no agency existed in the city. In 1999, Charkoudian was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, an award that recognizes women who are making an impact on the state.

She is currently heading a longitudinal study to address what affects people’s decisions to use mediation, what mediation behaviors and mediation session characteristics affect outcomes, what are the cost savings, and what does mediation prevent.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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