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 • NYSATSA mourns the loss of its first President
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 • Evidence-Based Practice with Juveniles
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The Myth of Sexual Addiction
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Polygraph, Sex Offenders, and the Court
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Vol. XXIV, No. 3
Summer 2012
Editor's Note

Robin J. Wilson, Forum Editor

Welcome 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.

Unfortunately, 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.

On 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.

On 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.

We 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.

Next, we 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.

Review Editor David Prescott provides us with his review of David Ley’s new book “The Myth of Sex Addiction”.

Also in this issue, we have information regarding forthcoming revisions to the ATSA Practice Standards and Guidelines for the Evaluation, Treatment, and Management of Adult Male Sexual Abusers.

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.


Robin J. Wilson
Editor

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