to the Summer 2012 issue of the Forum
of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. We have lots in store
for you in this issue.
we have to start off on a sad note. May 2012 was a particularly difficult month
for many ATSA members, in that we lost two very influential members of our
organization—Ted Shaw and Richard Hamill. Each of these dynamic fellows made an
immeasurable mark on ATSA, as “builders” of good practice in our field and mentors
to many who have since become important members of our organization in their
own right. These great guys will be very dearly missed.
May 6, Dr. Ted Shaw of Florida lost his long battle with cancer. Ted was a
founding member of the Florida ATSA chapter and was among the first in that
state to provide services to persons who had sexually offended. It can be
reasonably said that anyone in Florida providing services to persons who have
sexually abused owes a debt of gratitude to Ted for his pioneering work and
staunch advocacy for evidence-based practices. FATSA Past-President Eric Imhof
provides a touching remembrance of his good friend.
May 20, ironically the evening before the New York State ATSA chapter’s annual
conference, Dr. Richard Hamill lost his comparatively shorter battle with
cancer. Like Ted, Richard was a tour de
force in New York. He was the founder of NYSATSA and its sister
organization the New York State Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers.
Being located in Albany, Richard was able to keep his finger on the pulse of
legislative and practice developments, to the benefit of all practitioners in
the state (and, arguably, the country). I had a memorable relationship with
Richard that lasted more than a dozen years. In fact, Richard was one of the
very first persons to encourage me to be a speaker at conferences, having
offered me the opportunity not once, but several times in New York. NYSATSA
Past-President Ken Lau shares a few thoughts and memories of Richard.
have something a little different in this issue of the Forum. ATSA member Dr. Kieran McCartan and his colleagues Hazel
Kemshall and Kirsty Hudson in the United Kingdom have been sponsoring a series
of online debates regarding public policy and sexual offending. Included here is the transcript of the
first online debate that was part of a broader Knowledge Exchange project in
the United Kingdom (UK) dealing with Sex Offender Public Disclosure. The online
debate involved criminal justice policy makers and managers and practitioners from
leading UK and international academic institutions. I will endeavor to share
the transcripts of additional debates in future editions of the Forum.
have an interesting article from Dr. Norbert Ralph of San Leandro, California.
Dr. Ralph provides commentary on evidence-based practices in working with
juveniles who have sexually offended.
Editor David Prescott provides us with his review of David Ley’s new book “The
Myth of Sex Addiction”.
this issue, we have information regarding forthcoming revisions to the ATSA Practice Standards
and Guidelines for the Evaluation, Treatment, and Management of Adult Male
Last, we have
important ATSA announcements. First, election results are finalized for
President-Elect and the Midwestern Regional Representative, with Elizabeth
Letourneau and Shan Jumper being the successful candidates. Congratulations to
Drs. Letourneau and Jumper and our thanks to all who voted. Also, be sure to
check out the information provided about our upcoming conference in Denver. The
conference program should be arriving in your mailbox soon, if it hasn’t
already done so. I’m particularly enthusiastic about another very strong cadre
of plenary speakers. Be sure to mark your calendars, make your reservations,
and register online … You won’t want to miss this one!
Have a great
summer and I’ll see you in the fall.
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