ATSA friends and colleagues,
to the Summer Edition of the Forum. Best wishes to everyone! For some of our
members, the beginning of summer has brought record heat, deadly wildfires, and
dangerous storms. My thoughts are with
those of you who have been or may be affected.
you are likely aware, registration is now open for the 31st Annual ATSA
Conference. I am very excited about the
range of great speakers, topics, and sessions represented in this year’s
program, and I hope that you agree.
Thanks to all who responded to the Call for Abstracts. We received nearly
250 excellent and intriguing proposals and, as is often the case, this created quite
a challenge for making the final selections.
Much appreciation goes to the reviewers, Conference Planning Committee
members, and ATSA staff for putting together the final program. I look forward to seeing you in Denver in October
for what is sure to be another fantastic conference!
remain inspired by my colleagues on the ATSA Executive Board of Directors and
the various ATSA Committees, who continue to take definitive action to fulfill
our commitment to the organization overall and to you, the members. The Board
continues to make significant strides in advancing ATSA’s Five Year Strategic
Plan and very much appreciates the input provided recently by you, the
membership, regarding the remaining strategic plan priorities in the existing
plan. Indeed, well over 400 members
responded to the survey in April. Your feedback was, and continues to be,
extremely important and beneficial as we move forward.
specific area of emphasis of the Board has been examining the structure and
composition of the Board to ensure that it is well-positioned to efficiently
and effectively advance the values, vision, and mission of ATSA; support the
organization’s vitality and growth; enhance opportunities for members’
involvement; and have the flexibility to represent the evolving diversity,
interests, and needs of the membership. In the coming months, we will be sharing
with you the fruits of the ongoing, thoughtful, and productive discussions that
have occurred over the past two years, and seeking your feedback on the
exciting directions in which we hope to move in this regard.
I would like to provide detailed updates on the numerous impressive activities
of the all of ATSA Committees, in the interest of space and relative brevity, I
am providing only some highlights, with more to come in the next issue.
Adolescent Guidelines Committee, co-chaired by Mr. Tom Leversee and Dr. Jacque
Page, is making substantial progress in developing the first set of ATSA
practice guidelines for adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive
Education and Training Committee, co-chaired by Ms. Diana Garza Louis and Dr. Michael
Miner, continues to work on developing more online availability for training
and CEUs on the ATSA website, as well as matching mentors for those who request
one. The committee will further develop
other educational materials to be available online for members. They are
currently recruiting committee members and mentors to further these goals.
Prevention Committee, chaired by Ms. Joan Tabachnick and Ms. Sally Thigpen,
continues their efforts to create a new ATSA library through which members will
be able to access program information, educational materials, research, and
other resources on a variety of prevention topics. Look for an
announcement of this resource in the very near future.
Public Policy Committee, co-chaired by Mr. Chris Lobanov-Rostovsky and Dr. Jill
Levenson, developed a soon-to-be released policy paper and bibliography on risk
assessment for adult males who have sexually abused, as well as a fact sheet
pertaining to the need for research and protection of research participants.
Research Committee, chaired by Dr. Karl Hanson, developed a position statement
pertaining to incentives for offender participation in research. This position
statement, which was recently approved by the Board, was based on an extensive
literature review completed by some members of the Research Committee, as well
as Dr. Michael Miner, for an academic article that is now “in press” in Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Student Committee, chaired by Ms. Leslie Helmus, has re-established the student
list-serve, which has sparked lively discussions and interesting exchanges
regarding innovative and, in some instances, good-humored research among the
the Public Policy Committee and Adolescent Guidelines Committee drafted an
overview document entitled Adolescents
Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior: Effective Policies and Practices
which, following the Board’s final review and approval, will replace the
previous ATSA policy statement on this client population.
thanks to Ms. Maia Christopher for her outstanding leadership as ATSA’s
Executive Director; Ms. Alisa Klein, ATSA’s Public Policy Consultant; and the
wonderful team at the ATSA headquarters – Ms. Kelly McGrath, Ms. Sarah Gorter,
and Mr. Aniss Benelmouffok – who work on a day-to-day basis, oftentimes behind
the scenes, to support ATSA’s successful operations. And, of course, please
join me in thanking Dr. Robin Wilson, the Forum
Editor, and the other contributors to this issue.
a final note, the elections for the ATSA Board are completed. Congratulations
to President-Elect Elizabeth Letourneau and our new Midwestern Regional
Representative Shan Jumper. Thanks for
taking part in this important part of our organization!
Dr. Kurt Bumby
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