|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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