Calendar of Events

June 14, 2019

PA Peer Support Coalition Annual Conference

James Kimmel, Jr. will be speaking at the 2019 PA Peer Support Coalition Annual Conference. His topic will be: “Forensic Peer Support and Violence Prevention.”

A common motivation for many forms of violence is the individual’s desire to retaliate for perceived past injustices. A recent pilot study by the Yale Program on Recovery and Community Health has shown the “Nonjustice System” guided mock trial method effective in reducing revenge desires among victims of perceived injustice. The method has been used as part of forensic peer support in 7 Pennsylvania counties in both jail (re-entry) and community settings. We will review the Yale study and train peer specialists to use the Nonjustice System method.

Date: June 14, 2019
Venue: Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
309 Manor Rd, Lafayette Hill, PA, 19444, United States

May 5, 2018

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

Speaker: Presidential Symposium–American Academy of Law and Psychiatry

Topic: The Perils of Justice-Seeking; Beyond Gun Control to Motive Control

Start: May 5, 2018 8:00 am
End: May 5, 2018 11:00 am
Venue: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City, United States

June 16, 2017

Keynote Speaker-Pennsylvania Psychological Association 2017 Annual Convention

James Kimmel, Jr. will be the PPA 2017 Annual Convention Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 16, 2017. He will be discussing the emerging opportunity for a profound, transformational shift in the role of psychologists as public health clinicians and leaders in preventing interpersonal violence by moving beyond criminal justice and gun control measures to “motive control.”

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2pm, Mr. Kimmel will also be presenting a CE workshop entitled:

Yale Research: Beyond Gun Control to Motive Control

Workshop Summary: Gun violence requires a gun plus a desire (motive) to use it. The primary motive underlying violence is the desire to achieve justice. Brain scientists have discovered that the desire for justice (revenge) may be as powerful as the desire for narcotics. “The Nonjustice System,” a technique for controlling justice (revenge) cravings that is being studied at Yale Medical School, will be presented.

Start: June 16, 2017 12:15 pm
End: June 16, 2017 1:45 pm
Venue: Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Bedford, PA, United States

October 24, 2016

Wesleyan University “Curing Violence” Conference

James Kimmel, Jr. will be speaking at The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice 2016 Conference “Curing Violence: Healing for Individuals, Families, and Communities”

Start: October 24, 2016 8:00 am
End: October 25, 2016 5:00 pm
Venue: Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT, United States

June 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Psychological Association 2016 Annual Convention “Overcoming Interpersonal Violence”

James Kimmel, Jr. will be speaking at the PPA 2016 Annual Convention “Overcoming Interpersonal Violence Throughout The Life Span”

Jim’s talk — “Revenge Addiction: Beyond Gun Control to Motive Control”

Start: June 15, 2016 1:30 pm
End: June 15, 2016 2:30 pm
Venue: Harrisburg Hilton
Harrisburg, PA, United States

August 13, 2013

Philly Writes! Speaker Series

James Kimmel, Jr. speaks about The Trial of Fallen Angels at this popular Philadelphia author speaker series.

Start: August 13, 2013 7:00 pm
End: August 13, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA, United States
Cost: Free

August 8, 2013

Webinar–Peer Specialists Promoting Community Reintegration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities Returning Home from Jail or Prison

James Kimmel, Jr. speaks about forensic peer support and nonjustice practices at this free webinar sponsored by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. This webinar will focus on the role peer specialists can play in assisting people with mental health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system. To register, visit:

Start: August 8, 2013 2:30 pm
End: August 8, 2013 3:30 pm
Venue: Internet Webinar
United States

July 9, 2013

Speaking of Faith Summer Series

James Kimmel, Jr. speaks about The Trial of Fallen Angels at the The Matter of Faith Summer Series presented by the Ecumenical Conference of Greater Altoona, This year, the series features four distinguished authors, all having a direct connection to the central Pennsylvania area.  Each author will address a unique issue related to choices. Those choices and the issues surrounding them – identity, justice, revenge, forgiveness, infallibility, belief, history, ritual, tradition – all impact each of our lives in profoundly important ways.

Start: July 9, 2013 7:00 pm
End: July 9, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: LDS Church
778 Brush Mountain Road, Hollidaysburg, PA, United States
Cost: Free

November 29, 2012

Forensic Rights & Treatment Conference, Harrisburg, PA

James Kimmel, Jr., Michael Rowe, Ph.D. of the Yale University School of Medicine, and Lori Schultz of Peerstar LLC will present a workshop on “Forensic Peer Support as a Re-Entry Program: Evidence, Successes and Challenges”. Since 2010, Peerstar LLC has provided forensic peer support as a jail/community re-entry program in 6 Pennsylvania counties. Yale University researchers are evaluating this innovative program. A discussion of recidivism rates; successes and challenges;and training, supervision and program coordination will be included in this presentation.

Start: November 29, 2012 3:00 pm
End: November 29, 2012 4:30 pm
Venue: Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey PA
Phone: 717-564-5511
4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg , PA, United States

November 16, 2012

Forensic Peer Support Presentation, State College, PA

James Kimmel, Jr. will discuss evidence-based, Medicaid-funded peer support for individuals suffering from serious mental illness and/or co-occurring addiction who also have involvement with the criminal justice system. Specific attention will be paid to recovery, reentry, recidivism, and community integration.

Start: November 16, 2012 9:00 am
End: November 16, 2012 10:30 am
Venue: Ramada Conference Center
1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA, United States
Cost: Free