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Join us for the 2023 IIRP World Conference, Building Thriving Communities: A Radical Approach Through Restorative Practices!

Presented in partnership with Black Family Development, Inc.

Fort Pontchartrain Hotel
Detroit, Michigan
October 2-4, 2023

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Plenary Session Panelists

Abdul-Malik Muhammad, Ed.D.
Founder & CEO, Akoben LLC
Hedda van Lieshout
Managing Director, Eigen Kracht Centrale
Glenn North
Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact, Kansas City Museum
Percy Ray Ballard, M.D.
Psychiatrist & Medical Director of Black Therapists Rock
Kenyatta Stephens
CEO, Black Family Development, Inc.
Josh Landon
Anchor/Reporter, FOX 2 News, Detroit
Shawn Dove
Managing Partner, New Profit & Founder, Corporation for Black Male Achievement
Denise Smith
Collective Action Consultant
Lynette Wright
Director, Wayne County Children Services
Flor Garcia Mencos
Founder & Executive Director, Circula Center for Restorative Leadership
Christopher Plum, Ph.D.
CEO, GPS Solutions
Trisha N. Tinsley
Instructor and Implementation Coach for the IIRP
Gayle Desmeules
Founder and CEO of True Dialogue Inc.
Lynne Lang, MHM, MRP
Founder and Executive Director, Restoration Matters

This year’s conference is centered around what it takes to create thriving communities with a focus on three key areas:

  • Family matters – Families are the core of every thriving community! A community is at its best when its families and citizens have access to physically and environmentally safe neighborhoods, emotional tools and support to nurture healthy relationships, affordable housing, healthy food, and opportunities to help sustain the community by giving back. We will discuss how the use of restorative practices can help make these things possible.
  • Collaboration matters – Healthy communities are places where families and residents actively engage with their schools and governmental, policing, justice, human services, healthcare, non-profit, philanthropic, corporate, and faith-based agencies. We will examine how a restorative practices framework can aid in aligning school and agency leaders with resources to create synergies that enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve.
  • Faith Matters – 84% of the world’s population identifies with a faith system according to the Pew Research Center. We will explore how different faith systems view the impact restorative practices have on promoting thriving communities and responding to harm when it occurs.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is built for leaders in the following areas.

  • K-12 Education
  • Human-services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare
  • Community-based Organizations
  • Community-minded Businesses
  • Faith Systems
  • Philanthropy

You will join leaders in human-services, education, criminal justice, healthcare, community-based organizations, business, faith systems and philanthropy from around the globe to explore how restorative approaches are positively and proactively enriching communities by connecting and aligning people and resources.

With intentional relationship building, thought provoking plenary reports, small group reflection time, and receiving inspiring workshop presentations, we will revel in the accomplishments of thriving communities!


Sep 9th - Oct 1, 2023

  • Cost per person: $525
  • Single day pass: $365
  • Package rate for teams of four: $1680

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Each year, the IIRP convenes scholars and practitioners to share ideas, learn from one another, and push us forward in our thinking and understanding. In addition to collecting and sharing presentations, the collaboration and relationships developed at these events fuel the restorative movement.

Apply your Conference Experience Toward Graduate Coursework

Following the IIRP World Conference, we offer the opportunity to enhance your experience by adding online coursework. Participation may be applied toward blended graduate course RP 541 IIRP World Conference, which may be the first graduate course you take. The course incorporates related readings, writing assignments and online discussion with fellow participants and IIRP faculty. Students actively evaluate, discuss and critique presentations using restorative practices principles. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or schedule a time to talk.

Past World Conferences and Symposia

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Medina Natalie

"It's been very good seeing people doing this all over the world and hearing others' experiences and stories. It's given me motivation to keep going with restorative practices."

Natalie Medina
Panama City, Panama