Happy Summer ATSA Friends,
Welcome to this double issue of the ATSA Forum. This will be my last issue
as Editor, which leaves me feeling both happy and sad. Happy, because I am
getting some time back in my very busy professional schedule. Sad, because I’ve
been doing this for seven years now, and being Forum Editor often feels a lot like home. Going forward, I’m
leaving you in the very capable hands of new Editor Heather Moulden. Heather is
a professor of psychiatry and behavioural neuroscience at McMaster University
in Hamilton, ON, as well as being one of the psychologists at St. Joseph’s
Health Centre – the hospital associated with Mac. Heather will be known to many
Canadian and US members of our illustrious organization. As a former student of
Bill Marshall and as a psychologist of merit in her own right, Heather is
exactly the sort of person to take over the reins of our newsletter. My hearty
best wishes to Heather as she steers the Forum in new and exciting directions.
Remaining on the Forum team will be Review Editor
David Prescott and Production Editor Sarah Gorter. Katie Gotch of the ATSA
Office will also take a greater role in bringing The Forum to publication each quarter.
In this double issue, we have lots and lots of
First off, we have the aforementioned David Prescott
and his colleague Scott Miller who give us their thoughts on feedback-informed
treatment for adults who have sexually offended. Next, Alejandro Leguizamo of
Rhode Island discusses the issues associated with labelling “deviance”. KiDuek Kim and Grant Duwe will be making an
important presentation at the annual ATSA conference this fall regarding new
and exciting advancements in risk prediction. They give us a bit of a look
under the hood in a teaser article here in the Forum. Additionally, we have a
summary detailing research regarding online grooming completed by Helen
Whittle, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, and Tony Beech of the University of
This issue of The
Forum includes a couple of pieces about working with individuals with
intellectual disabilities who have sexually offended. First, Michelle Uetz
gives her thoughts on education for prevention and treatment in this
population. Otherwise, the ATSA Education and Training Committee requisitioned
a position paper addressing the assessment, treatment, and supervision of
individuals with intellectual disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors.
The executive summary is included here, with a link to the full paper as
available at https://www.atsa.com/pdfs/ATSA_IDPSB_packet.pdf.
Never one to shy away from controversial topics, I
have included a bold and interesting paper in this issue from someone who would
not normally be heard in our newsletter. Tom O’Carroll is a familiar name in
the world of rights and advocacy for persons attracted to minors, but his
perspectives are not often heard among professionals working with offenders.
Tom would likely identify himself as a “minor attracted person” or, in his
words, a “pedophilic entrenched client”. His piece presented here raises many
questions, but also provides valuable insight and perspective for clinicians providing
treatment services to clients with sexual interest in minors. Whatever you may
think of our clients’ former offending history, they have important points to
share about their interface with us.
Last, ATSA’s committees have been busy in the first
half of this year. I’ve already made mention of the Education and Training Committee’s
contributions. The Prevention Committee also presents a piece entitled, “8 Things Everyone Should Know
About Sexual Abuse & Sexual Offending”.
As to the many administrative
things we often present in The Forum,
this is an important time of the year. First and foremost, we’re gearing up to
the annual conference, this year to be held in lovely San Diego. The conference
program and registration information are both available at www.atsa.com. Also very important at this time of the year, ATSA is holding elections
for the office of President, as well as members of the Board of Directors.
Ballots should be emailed to members in the very near future. Otherwise, check
out important information regarding events at the conference, new members, and
Before signing off, I’d like to
draw your attention to this year’s award winners:
The 2014 Gail Burns Smith Award,
presented jointly by ATSA and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center,
goes to Eileen Rechtenwald, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of
Sexual Assault Programs.
The next two awards go to a
couple of New England Davids…
David Burton has long been a
staple of ATSA culture and conferences. His work with juveniles at Smith
College School of Social Work has helped shine a light on an often
misunderstood and poorly managed group of clients in our business. David B. is
the 2014 recipient of ATSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, just in time to
pre-empt his retirement from the field.
What can I say about David
Prescott? What can anyone say about David Prescott? Former President, former Forum Editor, List-serve monitor par
excellence (remember the Prescott Admonishment), AUDIOphilia bass player, and tireless advocate for evidence-based practice
and cool-headed policy … these only scratch the surface. But, I’m a little
biased. I nominated David, and I consider him to be one of my best friends and
collaborators, ever. Although most people believe he doesn’t sleep, I actually
know that he does – I’ve travelled with him and shared a room. Sleep, yes.
Snore, yes … but, I digress. David P. is the more than worthy recipient of this
year’s ATSA Distinguished Contribution Award.
Congratulations to Eileen, David,
So, it is now time to sign off. I
wish I had some cool finish, like Bob Newhart, MASH, or Friends … Alas, I leave
you with these thoughts: The Forum is your newsletter.
Make it your own, submit your thoughts, feelings, and learnings. Others want to
know. I’m especially proud that we’ve made The
Forum more accessible to students and non-researchers. This speaks to the
breadth of our organization. I know that The
Forum is in capable hands with Heather, but she’ll need your help and
assistance as she learns the ropes and searches for worthy pieces to showcase.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and submit articles. As I
said, this is your newsletter.
My very last thoughts are these …
I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the pilot of this ship over the last
seven years, but it would never have sailed without the unflinching support of
Maia Christopher and the tireless dedication and professionalism of Sarah
Gorter. They’re my heroes.
See you in San Diego,
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