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 • Taking the Fifth:
Hawkins, Antelope, and Jacobsen,
and How They Affect ATSA
 • Motivational Interviewing
in the Treatment of Sexual Abusers:
An introduction
 • The ATSA Data Sharing Service:
A New Online Tool to Facilitate Data Sharing Between Clinicians and Researchers
 • Book Review:
The Prevention of Sexual Violence
 • Book Review:
Grendon and the Emergence of Forensic Therapeutic Communities
 • Book Review:
Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders
 • Book Review:
Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities
 • ATSA Election
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Journal of Sexual Aggression
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Vol. XXIII, No. 3
Summer 2011
President's Message

Greetings ATSA Members

I hope this Forum issue finds you all gearing up for a wonderful summer.

While our thoughts turn to BBQ’s, baseball and summer holidays, the ATSA office is busy finalizing details for our 30th Annual Research & Treatment Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2-5, 2011. We are very excited with how the Conference is shaping up.  Our 30th Anniversary conference in Toronto will be an extraordinary event.  Your conference chairs—Anton Schweighofer (from Beautiful British Columbia) and Franca Cortoni (from wonderful Quebec)—have done a terrific job in guiding the Conference Planning Committee and working hard to make this a memorable event. 

We are thrilled to have fantastic keynote speakers lined up including Bill Marshall and Elizabeth Letourneau (speaking on the past, present and future of adult and adolescent treatment), Christopher Peterson (speaking about the science and practice of positive psychology), James Cantor (speaking on brain research and pedophilia and what the research means for assessment, treatment and policy), and Janis Wolak (speaking about what we do and don’t know about internet sex offenders). 

In addition to these tremendous speakers from our field we are thrilled that Mr. Phil Fontaine will be our closing keynote speaker.  Mr. Fontaine is an Aboriginal leader, former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, an advocate for human rights, and a survivor of residential school abuse. Mr. Fontaine successfully negotiated the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement that resulted in a financial contribution of more than $5 billion dollars to survivors and programs for them and met with Pope Benedict XVI to gain an apology for his people. Mr. Fontaine will speak about issues related to responding to sexual violence and abuse, offering wisdom from an indigenous peoples lens. 

Circle the conference dates on your calendar and if you are coming to Canada from the United States or other international destinations, don’t forget your passport!!

We are also coming up to ATSA election time and you will soon be getting ballots sent to you to review the nominees for each of the positions.  We are excited to have a great group of candidates, all of whom have much to offer our association.  For the At-Large Representative position the candidates include Tyffani Dent, Robin Goldman, and Steven Sawyer. For the Southwestern Representative position candidates include Diana Garza Louis and David Walenta.  For the Pacific Representative position the candidates are Erik Fox and Lindsay Palmer.  I encourage you to read about each of the candidates and to vote!  For the first time we will be moving to an electronic ballot.  You will receive a link and be able to vote for the relevant candidates on line.  All members vote for the At-Large position and only Pacific and Southwestern members vote for their respective representative on the ATSA Board.

I would like to sincerely thank all those individuals who allowed their name to stand for nomination.  The board and the association appreciate you putting your names forward to be considered for candidacy and for election.

For those of you following the list-serve recently you will have noted a recent string of posts related to ATSA members involvement in prevention initiatives.  Consistent with our Strategic Plan, we are working towards growing ATSA’s involvement in the area of prevention.  The prevention committee, Chaired by Joan Tabachnick and Sally Thigpen, has been collecting examples of members experiences and involvement related to prevention initiatives.  If you have information to share regarding this, I invite you to share these with Joan joantab@gmail.com so she can add your comments and experiences to the list they are compiling. This list will soon be made available to ATSA members when we launch our new website.  If you are a list-serve member, you can also forward information to the list-serve or directly to David Prescott at vtprescott@earthlink.net.

Lastly, look for our new, improved, and redesigned website which should be operational in the next several weeks.  We are very excited to launch this and hope you will explore and appreciate the new website and find the many new features an additional benefit to your membership.

All the best for a rockin’ great summer. 

Regards, Lawrence

Lawrence Ellerby, Ph.D., C. Psych.
ATSA President


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