• Editor's Note
 • President's Message
 • Development of a System for Working with Sexual Offenders in Post-Soviet Countries
Challenges and Solutions: The Case of Latvia
 • A Fresh Look at High-Risk Clients:
What They Need and What We Have to Offer
 • Managing Risk in a Culture of Rights:
Providing Support and Treatment in Community-Based Settings for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities who Sexually Offend
 • Engaging Transition Age Youth/Young Adults
in Employment and Education Services
 • Book Review:
The Good Lives Model for Adolescents Who Sexually Harm
 • Book Review:
Where Are We Now?
Reflections on The Good Lives Model for Adolescents
and How We Define “Models”
 • Book Review:
Internet Sex Offenders
 • 2014 Call for Abstracts
 • ATSA Awards
 • New ATSA Members
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Vol. XXVI, No. 1
Winter 2014
Editor's Note

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 to press.

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 dr.wilsonrj@verizon.net.

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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