|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
As always the annual ATSA conference was a great success - striking the perfect balance of reflection, learning, and innovation.In this issue you will find these themes revisited as we reflect on professional experiences and concepts we think are tried and true; as we learn about how to apply research to important clinical questions, and finally, howwe can be more open to innovation in the work we do.
Three members of the Board of Directors
graciously agreed to provide their unique perspectives and experiences as
members of the ATSA BOD. The hope is that not only will you as a reader gain
insight into these various roles, but perhaps also become interested in
learning more about, and participating in, the organization in this way. As the
Forum editor I have found the opportunity to attend board meetings quite
interesting. Not only have I learned a great deal about ATSA as an
organization, but also about related issues, such as strategic planning,
budgets, and policy. Becoming better acquainted with ATSA from these new
perspectives has deepened my understanding for the many moving parts involved
in our success as an organization and by extension as a field.
The student piece in our Winter issue invites
us to revisit explanations for Sadism, which as the author says, is one of
those issues we think is studied extensively, but actually continues to puzzle
many. This initial research identifies various pathways to sadistic behaviour,
and highlights what is shared and what is unique as we work to understand and
treat sadistic clients.
Our FAQ column sheds light on the question
about how to understand risk in aging individuals who have sexually offended.
This piece concisely summarizes the key findings about different types of aging
offenders and the implications for risk assessment and management. We hope you
enjoy this second installment of this new column. If you haven’t already,
please let us what questions you would like to see answered by completing the
The 4th debate from the Leverhulme
Trust funded international network addresses the issue of “Hard to reach
populations in preventing as well as responding to sexual violence”. This
debate asked participants to challenge definitions and connotations of “hard to
reach” and where or two whom the responsibility lies for “reaching”. It also
reminds us of the limits to our knoweldge, given our research is dependent on detected
victims and perpetrators. Many perspectives make the debate rich and
Those members who work with intellectually disabled adolescents will welcome the executive summary of the new ATSA document "Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities". Although there is much still too learn, this document provides some consensus and guidance for working with these clients, their parents, and the systems involved in their care. It also highlights important distinctions in assessment and treatment practice.
Finally, we hear about the drive and perils
of innovation in a field defined by risk and safety. In this piece we are
reminded to continue to challenge and change the ways we work with problematic
sexual behaviour by first being open to the idea that we can always do better.
The author applies work on innovation, often reserved for the business world,
to the treatment of sexual offending and reminds us of the significant
evolution we have already experienced.
We are fortunate to have a number of
committee updates in this issue, including news from the Awards committee and
the call for 2016 nominations; information about the ATSA Fellows announced at
the conference in October; and an introduction to the new Adult Clinical
You will find information in this issue about
how to submit to the ATSA Forum and I encourage you to contact me to share your
ideas, research, or clinical applications.
Finally, please join me in saying good-bye
and thank-you to our president Elizabeth Letourneau and welcoming incoming
president Michael Miner.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2016!
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor