Hello to all my fellow ATSA members as we head into
fall. The annual conference is just around the corner and I’m feverishly
getting ready for my trip to Chicago. I very much look forward to the
opportunity to see many of you and to have some fun learning more about what we
do to increase public safety and work to prevent sexual abuse everywhere.
You’ve likely noticed that it’s been some time since
you last saw an issue of the Forum. Let me apologize for being late; however,
there are reasons for this. For the first time since I have been at the helm,
there simply were not enough articles in June to justify going to press.
Typically, I like to have a mix of articles, reviews, and other perspectives to
make a well-rounded issue. So, what you have here is a double-issue, of sorts.
Between June and now, I was able to tease some articles out of close associates
and friends, but this is a difficult way to run a newsletter. Once again, the
call is put out for members to consider sharing with their colleagues what they
do in their research and practice lives. It doesn’t have to be a formal research
article or something eminently earthshattering. Really, we’re simply looking to
keep our finger on the pulse of our association. And, may I say it again? I
Otherwise, there has been a lot going on in ATSA
over the past several months. We’re at a critical juncture in our strategic
plan and sometimes it is necessary to slow the publication of the Forum in
order to make sure that we appropriately inform the membership about these
goings on. So, please have a close look at the organizational pieces that
follow our usual articles and reviews.
A double issue means double the fun when it comes to
articles. In the Summer/Fall 2013 edition, we have articles about the sometimes
difficult side of our work. Dan Knoepfler writes about how he coped with the
suicide of a client, while Gerry Blasingame and I write about how to ensure you
have a “psychological hazmat suit” to deal with the vicarious trauma commonly
experienced by many of our members. Our colleagues in the UK share another
article based on an Economic and Social Research Council project—this one
having been aimed at better understanding social perspectives on sexual
violence in youth. The always thoughtful Jon Brandt then launches into the
breach in addressing the currently hot topic of pornography and addiction. Familiar
Forum contributor Mark Carich and his colleagues provide perspective on key
features of contemporary sexual offender treatment. Last, David Prescott shares
his thoughts about the potential yoga might hold for us in our efforts to
better respond to our clients in treatment.
Speaking of Mr. Prescott . Our Review Editor provides two
thoughtful book reviews this issue. One book reviews international perspectives
on the assessment and management of sexual offender risk (reviewed by Geraldine
Akerman). The other provides some meat and potatoes information on how to
ensure an evidence-based foundation in sexual offender treatment (reviewed by David).
I hope you find this double-issue to be as full of interesting
stuff as I did. However, I hope not to have to repeat this too often. That
means that I will need to rely on you—my fellow members—to step up and share
what you’re doing to make society safer. Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you have any ideas. For those of you with students, what better way to help
them start establishing themselves in the field than to begin building a
See you in Chicago. 2013 marks AUDIOphilia’s 10th anniversary.
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