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Vol. XXII, No. 4
Fall 2010
Editor's Note

Well, folks, here we are less than a month away from Phoenix. Anyone for Glen Campbell jokes? I am getting really excited about seeing all my ATSA friends and finding out what’s new in our always changing field. I am particularly excited that Ray Blanchard will be this year’s Significant Achievement Award winner. As a longtime friend and former student of Dr. B’s, I am very happy for him to receive this award just prior to his retirement from regular work (don’t worry, he will continue to finish off projects, including his work on the DSM-V).

In this issue of the Forum, we have a good mix of material for you. Recently, there was a long and, sometimes, passionate discourse on the Listserve regarding clinicians who become involved with clients. At the time, Jeffrey Singer from Parsippany, NJ had many things to say and share via his posts. I subsequently asked him to bring those thoughts together as a Forum article, which he has graciously done for us. This is a very difficult issue that seems to spur many conflicting viewpoints. If you don’t agree with Jeff, please feel free to submit something to me for consideration for next issue.

I mentioned “always changing” above as a descriptor of our field. I believe that we are in a very exciting time in our work, during which we are witness to many developments and chances for “big leaps” in knowledge acquisition and implementation of new models. In fact, this is something of a sub-theme in this quarter’s Forum. First, we have an article by Jeremy Baumbach of the Yukon Territory in Canada regarding concerns he has with the Abel-Blasingame Assessment System for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ABID). Gerry Blasingame then provides a response; however, to be fair to Gerry, he notes that much of what he would like to say in response to Jeremy will be part of a forthcoming journal article, so he cannot answer fully in the Forum. Gerry and Gene Abel will be making a presentation on the ABID at the conference; those who are interested are encouraged to attend.

Keeping with our innovations sub-theme, there are four book reviews in this issue. David Prescott makes his debut as Review Editor in grand fashion. We have reviews of a new book by Richard Laws and Tony Ward entitled Desistance from Sex Offending (review by Richard Packard), a review of Ken Singer’s new book (Evicting the Perpetrator) by David, a review by Tony Ward and me of a new book—Female Sexual Offenders—by Theresa Gannon and Franca Cortoni (the latter of whom will be one of our keynote speakers this year at the conference) and, last, my review of a 1970s handbook for Police working with “abnormal people”.

In closing, I would like to once again invite all of you to consider submitting articles to the Forum. We’ve had a great run recently of quite interesting pieces, but I’m always on the lookout for others. Otherwise, I’ll look for you all at the conference. Be sure to check out AUDIOphilia at the opening reception—we have some great new tunes in store for you!!


Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP

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