Vol. XXVII, No. 3
Summer 2015
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Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
ATSA Forum Survey
ATSA Forum Newsletter Readership Survey
Featured Articles
Telling Stories: A Plea for Multifaceted Accounts
Resolving Trauma-Related Issues In Contemporary Treatment of Offenders: A Brief Review
Evaluation of Current Approaches to Sexual Offender Management and Reintegration
Students' Voice
The use of virtual agents in the assessment of deviant sexual interests of child sexual abusers and its link with psychopathy: Preliminary results
Book Review
The Great Psychotherapy Debate, Second Edition
ATSA News
Introducing the ATSA Fellow
2015 ATSA Conferernce
New ATSA Members
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David Prescott
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Sarah Gorter
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Forum Editor
Contact the editor or submit articles to:

Heather M. Moulden, Ph.D.
Forensic Program
St. Joseph's Healthcare
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
E: hmoulden@stjoes.ca
P: (905) 522-1155 ext. 35539
Regular Features
Editor's Note
by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Welcome to our Summer issue of the ATSA Forum. You will find this issue full of thoughtful pieces that challenge our usual ways of thinking about sexual offender research, treatment, and reintegration.

Last summer I had the fortunate opportunity to hear David Thornton speak at a state chapter conference in Idaho. In his address David challenged the audience to consider the impact of oversimplifying our explanations of complex human behaviour and provides a convincing case for taking a more multifaceted approach to understanding sexual aggression. Read on to find out why he was feeding his dog ice cream in a café last summer.

This multifaceted lens to sexual aggression will extend to the contribution of more distal experiences and influences, such as from childhood trauma. The role of early developmental adversity in the conceptualization of sexual aggression has prompted many clinicians to consider how best to address this in treatment. Should we talk about our clients’ own trauma history? How much time and attention should it receive? How do we link it in to the work on risk management? Mark Carich and his co-authors provide a helpful guide to understanding the role of trauma informed care as a way to answer some of these questions. 

Kieran McCartan shares the transcript from the third online debate associated with the Leverhulme Trust funded international network on "Community engagement and partnership working with sex offenders”. In this discussion titled “How to develop good public understanding of child sexual abuse and its management”, the international panel shares their thoughts and suggestions for how to engage with the public more effectively and increase the success of reintegration.

Given our upcoming conference locale, it’s fitting that our student contributor, Sarah Neveu, shares the work she is doing at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she is studying the use of virtual agents in the assessment of sexual preference. Her preliminary results are exciting and will certainly spark ideas for many of our research-oriented readers.

In other ATSA news, and in an effort to keep members up to date with important committee work and initiatives, each Forum issue will include an article from one of the committees. Last month we saw the call for award nominations from Jill Levenson and this month, Brad Johnson from the Membership committee introduces the ATSA Fellow. This special honorary designation is designed to recognize ATSA members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and a strong commitment to the ongoing work of ATSA. Please review this announcement and nominate a colleague to be recognized at the conference in Montréal.

Finally, in the Spring issue we invited you to complete a very brief readership survey about the Forum. To those of you who have already participated, thank-you. Your input is very valuable as we move ahead. For those who have not had a chance, please take a few moments (only about 5!) to answer questions about your experience of the Forum and suggestions for changes or enhancements to the newsletter. Look for the invitation and link to the online survey.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Please consider nominating one of your peers for the ATSA Fellow Designation. And as always, I am always looking for your articles and ideas for the Forum.


Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor

 

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