Vol. XXVII, No. 4
Fall 2015
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Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
Forum Survey Results
ATSA Forum Readership Survey
Featured Articles
Demystifying Knowledge Translation
Update on the Leverhulme International Knowledge Exchange Network
The Integrated Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR-I) Model:
An updated approach to Risk Management and an Alternative to the Good Lives Model (GLM)
Marnie Rice: A remembrance
Book Review
Pathways to Sexual Aggression
ATSA News
FAQ Knowledge Translation Column
2015 Update from the ATSA Awards Committee
Prevention Committee illuminates ATSA’s ultimate mission
New ATSA Members
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Heather M. Moulden, Ph.D.
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Regular Features
Editor's Note
by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Greetings to Forum readers of this autumn issue of the ATSA newsletter. Like me, many of you are in the throes of a new academic year, whether its sending the kids back to school or welcoming and teaching students yourselves. Teaching and learning is really what the Forum is all about. In the results of the readership survey (see full article in this issue) you told us that you not only rely on the Forum to keep you abreast of current knowledge in the realms of research, clinical, and policy; but that you also use it as a vehicle for teaching and to facilitate discourse among your colleagues. We are keeping that feedback front and center in many of the changes you've seen and will continue to see in the ATSA Forum.

In this issue, in collaboration with the Research Committee, the Forum brings you a new standing column addressing Frequently Asked Questions translating research into meaningful implications and applications for practice. There is often a disconnection between research findings and practice because of various barriers, such as reading and interpreting research, understanding inconsistencies across studies, lack of clarity or direction with respect to implications for clinical practice, and sometimes just feeling overwhelmed by the density of research out there. Each issue the Forum will publish a brief summary of what is known about a particular topic, authored by an expert on that topic. This month Kelly Babchishin answers the question, What is the likelihood that child pornography offenders will cross-over to commit contact sex offences? Once again we are inviting Forum readers to complete a brief survey to let us know the questions you would like to see answered and by whom.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KJ5ZPPM

This desire to learn and share knowledge is exactly what prompted me to invite Jyoti Kapur, a knowledge translation expert, to teach us about effectively disseminating our new learning beyond the conventional means of conference proceedings and journal articles. In her article she highlights some of the barriers to research translating into practice, and offers suggestions, examples and resources to help us get our messages out more effectively.

One example of this is the Leverhulme Knowledge Exchange Network, which has partnered with ATSA among other organizations and institutions to share knowledge and practice on sexual offender community reintegration. You have read a number of the online debates associated with this network here in the Forum, and in this issue we bring you a synopsis of the network's activities from Kieran McCartan. I had the pleasure of hosting Hazel Kemshall here at McMaster University in the Spring for her Leverhulme sponsored visit. It was exciting to see how relevant and engaging the issue of reintegration is to all stakeholders, including policy makers, clinicians, researchers, and supervision officers. In sharing international perspectives, we here in Canada were challenged to contemplate alternative models and how we can benefit from the approach in the UK.

Of course we also know that teaching and learning is a transaction, with each activity influencing the other. In this way we propose, hypothesize, test, evaluate, disseminate, discuss, modify, and so on (and as you know, not always in that order). Jeff Abracen and Jan Looman share with us their opinion and assessment of the application of theory to sexual offender treatment, namely the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model and the Good Lives Model. This article provides their rationale and a summary of their research into the effective treatment for high-risk-high-needs sexual offenders.

The readership survey told us that you would like to hear more from the ATSA committees and Board of Directors. In this issue two committees, Awards and Prevention, provide updates on committee activity and aspirations for how we as members can participate in forwarding the ATSA mission, both within the organization and beyond.

Thank-you to Vernon Quinsey for sharing his reflections on Marnie Rice and her distinguished career devoted to ending violence.

At the end of the Readership Survey Results you will find guidelines about how to contribute to the Forum. As always, I look forward to reading your articles and I am happy to work with you on developing ideas for a Forum piece.  


Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor

 

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