|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
Spring has sprung! (well, almost). I know for many of you these seasonal observations are less interesting, but where I come from, and after a very cold winter,melting snow, singing birds, and a little extra sunlight goes a long way.Spring is a time of looking forward, fresh ideas, and renewal. This issue of the Forum explores these themes in the domains of research, clinical and policy – presenting us with new applications of important clinical theory, and innovative ideas about how we practice.
McCartan shares the transcript from the most recent online debate associated
with the Leverhulme Trust funded international network on "Community
engagement and partnership working with sex offenders”. In this second online forum
participants explored the topic of developing good public understanding of
child sexual abuse and its management. The exchange reminds us that beyond
research, assessment and treatment, we have a responsibility to both our
clients and the community to bridge the knowledge gap in order to facilitate
contributions in this issue apply established theories to new populations or
settings. In the student piece, Sarah Paquette and her co-authors explore the
implicit theories of individuals who have committed online sexual crimes, such
as pornography or luring offences. Their research demonstrates convergent
evidence of many familiar implicit theories, but also helps us understand
distinctive cognitive factors that contribute to this specific expression of
sexual aggression. Nicholas Honyara and his colleagues provide a practical
perspective on applying the Self-Regulation Model to community supervision and
Gress and Chris Lobanov-Rostovksy share the report from the ATSA international
membership survey. International (non-US) members represent approximately 10%
of the ATSA membership. The survey describes this group’s membership, their
needs, and identifies objectives and recommendations specific to international
members moving forward, such as the standing international committee.
an international note, Michiel de Vries Robbé from the Netherlands provides a
summary of the SAJRT special issue on protective factors in the assessment of
risk for sexual aggression. Although our colleagues in the juvenile realm have
attended to protective or desistance factors for a long time, research and
assessment tools specific to protective factors for adults is relatively new.
From an empirical perspective models that help explain the interaction between
vulnerability/risk and protection make an important contribution to theories of
underlying cause and reoffending. Clinically, increasing attention to
protective factors is promising for both treatment innovation and risk
management, and dovetails with positive approaches to our work with individuals
who have engaged in sexual aggression.
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Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor