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Sexual Offenders’ Sense of Self After the Offense
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 • Applying Group Data to Individual Risk:
Frequentist versus Bayesian
 • Treatment Readiness Programs for Sexual offenders:
Key Elements
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 • Book Review: Stop It!: A Practical Guide for Youth Violence Prevention
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Vol. XXIV, No. 4
Fall 2012
Editor's Note

Welcome to the Fall 2012 edition of the Forum. I hope that everyone is enjoying the change in season and, for those of you in the northern reaches of our Association, I hope you are enjoying the colors. As I write this, I am in Toronto—where the nights have been more brisk and the trees are in their full glory. It’s times like these when I miss a northern climate. The palm trees in Florida never turn bright shades of ochre, crimson, mustard, and rust…

It’s that time of the year when many of you are preparing to head off to our annual research and treatment conference. I, for one, am building in excitement as I ready myself to travel to Denver. A quick perusal of the conference program shows that we have another stellar learning experience in store for participants. I hope to see as many of you in Denver as possible.

In this edition of the Forum, we have several interesting articles. First, Thomas Graves provides thoughtful perspective on what happens when we fail to remember that offenders are people first and offenders second. Next, we have the second installment in a series of three transcripts of an online debate process in the United Kingdom. Kirsty Hudson, Hazel Kemshall, and Kieran McCartan officiate discussions of Minority Victims and Minority Offending, with participation by representatives of various academic institutions, organizations, and our own association. Also, in this edition, Richard Elwood compares and contrasts Frequentist and Bayesian approaches to evaluating risk data. In our last article, Mark Carich, Victoria Vasileff, and Terry Glenn tackle a topic near and dear to my heart: Treatment Readiness.

Otherwise, Review Editor David Prescott provides his thoughts on a new book on youth violence prevention by Joann Schladale and Therese Langan. In a related vein, ATSA Prevention Committee co-chair Joan Tabachnick reminds us all of the important role that association members can play in informing the public during high profile media coverage of issues related to sexual abuse (e.g., Sandusky trial).

In closing, I want to give a shout out to all our Canadian members who will celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend while mourning the loss of the first two weeks (so far, due to the lockout) of the 2012-2013 National Hockey League season. Oh well. If our Canadian compatriots feel lost without their national sport, I suggest they come join us in Denver—where they’re sure to have a blast!


Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP

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