It’s been a hard winter for many ATSA members, with record
cold and snowfalls happening all over the place—even the South! I hope this
Winter edition of the Forum will
brighten your day, in spite of Mother Nature’s wrath.
I’d like to start off by saying again that the Forum is in need of contributions.
You will have noticed that recent editions have either been delayed or
combined. This is the unfortunate reality of not having enough material to go
Given the size and professional breadth of our organization,
I have a hard time believing that there aren’t people out there who could
contribute knowledge and perspective via the
Forum. The intent of this newsletter is to provide useful information
accessible to all members. Whereas our journal, Sexual Abuse, can at times be highly technical and difficult to
grasp for those of us who are not rigorous scientists, the Forum presents similar information but with a slant towards
practical application – the “so, what do we do with that?” factor.
Anyone can contribute to the
Forum – students (especially students), scientists, practitioners, front
line staff, managers – anyone. Most articles are in the 5-6 page range,
double-spaced, but the Forum is not
limited by size as we are entirely virtual. And, we’re happy to receive
contributions that don’t necessarily fit our normal mode. If you have something
interesting to say, or have been doing something in a novel way, or if you have
a research study you’d like to share, please feel free to contact me email@example.com.
In this edition of the
Forum, we welcome our new President, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau. It’s clear
from her opening message that the organization will address many issues and
challenges during her tenure. Welcome Elizabeth!
ATSA has made great strides recently in recognizing the
increasingly international aspect of our organization. In this issue of the Forum, we have an article by Imants
Jurevičius and Anvars Zavackis of the Latvian Probation Service. Over the past
several years, Latvia has worked hard to establish high quality criminal
justice services in their post-Soviet era. Next, we have an article by Diana
Groener and Jane Ward from Portland, Oregon, who suggest that we take a new
look at how we identify, treat, and manage high-risk clients.
I’ve already mentioned how much we love publishing students
in the Forum, so it should come as no
surprise that I am pleased to include an executive summary of research conducted
by Stephanie Ioannou of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Stephanie works with persons with intellectual disabilities who have sexually
offended and her MA thesis focused on the push and pull of ensuring risk
management while maintaining client rights. Because I am noted as an author on
this paper, David Prescott conducted the vetting and editing of the paper.
Our last article in this edition comes from a somewhat
different source than we’re used to. Ruth Osterman from the Genesis Club in
Worcester, Massachusetts writes about mental illness in young adults, typically
18-25. Although not specifically about sexual abuse, Ruth’s paper is relevant
to our work and serves as a reminder that we all need to be attuned to the whole person and not just their symptoms
or problem behaviors.
Otherwise, we have three book reviews: Phil Rich and David
Prescott each present us with a review of The
Good Lives Model for Adolescents Who Sexually Harm by Bobbie Print. I think
you’ll find Phil’s and David’s reviews to be nicely complementary. Following
these is a review of Michael Seto’s new book, Internet Sexual Offenders. As with the paper above, David Prescott
served as editor for my review.
Last points to make:
Remember that the deadline for submission of abstracts for our annual
conference is fast approaching – February 28. This year’s conference will be in
the always popular destination of San Diego. Also, the deadline for nominations
for awards is also looming – March 1. The available awards are for Lifetime
Significant Achievement, Distinguished Contribution, the Gail Burns-Smith Award,
and the Fay Honey Knopp Scholarship.
In closing, here’s to a short winter and a quick transition
into spring. We’ll see you soon with the Spring Edition. Please feel free to
contact me if you have ideas for submissions.
Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP
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