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Vol. XXIII, No. 2
Spring 2011
Editor's Note


Robin Wilson addresses the conference
on dynamic risk assessment


ATSA Abroad…

Some of you may remember that this time last year I was in Latvia to conduct training on the Static-99, Stable-2007, and Acute-2007. Well, this month I was back for my third trip in a year. In fact, it turns out that I have spent more time in Latvia over the past year than I have in Canada!

The reason for my frequent trips is that I have been fortunate to be involved in a rather large project undertaken by the Latvian State Probation Service. Two or so years ago, our Baltic compatriots received a generous grant from the Norwegian government to revamp aspects of their criminal justice system, specifically those related to managing persons who sexually offend. In doing so, the Latvians have taken a very intelligent approach—they have sought out training from persons knowledgeable in some of the best models available in our field. To that extent, Latvian probation officers are now arguably among the best trained in the world regarding assessment, treatment, and community risk management.


ATSA members Tony Beech and Dawn Fisher of
the UK relax after making their presentations.

From March 15-17, my Latvian hosts held an international conference entitled Pietiek Upuru (No More Victims) to celebrate the successful completion of their grant-funded projects. At this conference were delegates from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in addition to our Latvian hosts. I am proud to say that many of the distinguished speakers were members of our esteemed organization. Among the ATSA experts making presentations were Chris Thomson of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Dawn Fisher of the University of Birmingham, 2009 Significant Achievement Award winner and AUDIOphilia guitarist Tony Beech of the UK, Circles of Support and Accountability expert Drew McWhinnie of Victoria, British Columbia, and yours truly.


ATSA Significant Achievement Award
winner Tony Beech speaks to the
conference about assessing the efficacy
of sexual offender treatment.

This was a truly first rate international conference of which the hosts can certainly be quite proud. I’ve included a few photos of our ATSA folks at work for your enjoyment.

Now, on to our Spring 2011 issue of the Forum. We have many exciting pieces for your reading pleasure, and we push the envelope in terms of the format of articles and concepts.

We start with a piece that fits nicely with the international theme. David Cohen of Israel tells us a bit about how things are done in his country. Next, we have an interesting email dialog between Martin Lalumiere and Chris Lobanov-Rostovsky regarding sexual offense type behavior in the animal kingdom.


ATSA members Chris Thomson and Andrew McWhinnie (both of British Columbia) enjoy a night out watching
Riga Dinamo vs. Yaroslav Lokomotiv in a KHL playoff game.

 

 

 

 

Also in this issue, Phil Rich writes about the adolescent brain while Dan Montaldi of the Sexually Violent Predator Program office in Tallahassee, FL shares his thoughts on probability and risk prediction. From the Public Policy side of the house, Dan Knoepfler tells of the origins and current state of his work in ensuring good public policy regarding sexual abuse.

Last, Review Editor David Prescott presents a review of the movie Capturing the Friedmans by one of my former students Irina Pintea of Humber College in Toronto and a review of the new Beech, Craig, and Browne book Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders (reviewed by Daniel Wilcox).


ATSA member Chris Thomson of the BC Justice Institute speaks to the audience
about the mechanics of community
supervision for probation officers.

Otherwise, I’d like to draw your attention to the various administrative pieces in this edition, including our new members, preliminary information about the upcoming conference this fall, access to two of last year’s plenaries in video format, and a call for nominations for both Board members and potential annual award winners. Our annual conference, to be held in Toronto, is shaping up to be one of the most informative and interesting ever. We hope to see you there.

As a final note, I like to encourage you all to periodically check out the http://sajrt.blogspot.com site, both to make suggestions for topics and to comment on pieces already posted.

 

Enjoy your Spring!


Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP

 

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