Dr. James Beard

James is an internationally sought after speaker specializing in healing relationships among men and women. James is a leading expert in Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention for Correctional Education programs in county jails and state prisons. James has worked with over 20,000 Domestic Violence Offenders and thousands of men with other violent crimes.  He is certified by the LA. County Probation Department as a Domestic Violence Prevention Facilitator.


James is an Addiction Specialist, Credentialed Alcohol & Drug Counselor and has a Ph.D. in Holistic Life Coaching.  He is Lead Instructor for the LA County Sheriff’s Department and Hacienda La Puente Correctional Education’s M.E.R.I.T. Program. (Maximizing Education, Reaching Individual Transformation.)This is largest provider of correctional education services for jail facilities in the United States.


The M.E.R.I.T. program is also the most successful in custody Domestic Violence Prevention and Drug Education program of its kind in the nation.  James also developed an Alumni Program that meets weekly for the men who have been released from the M.E.R.I.T Program and for their families.  M.E.R.I.T has been featured on TV’s MSNBC “Lock Up” for the past 9 years as a successful model for correctional education programs.


James has presented his insights and methods at the prestigious IVAC Conference, UCLA’s Children Institute Fatherhood Project and many other organizations.


James has the #1 selling Anger Management video in the country, “Anger Creating New Choices.” This video is used in 52-week court appointed Anger Management/Domestic Violence Prevention Programs, Rehabilitation Centers, and is the first choice among Correctional Facilities throughout the country.


James is also the founder of Peacemakers Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families realize peaceful ways of communicating and breaking the cycle of Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical Violence. James has developed a set of proven processes that continue to guide men and women to deeper levels of authentic communication.