Vol. XXVIII, No. 1
Winter 2016
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
What is the risk for sexual reoffending in older sex offenders?
Students' Voice
Toward a developmental model of severe sexual sadism behaviors
Featured Articles
Innovation with Integrity:
How do we infuse innovation in the field of sexual offending research and treatment
Online Debate 4:
Hard to reach populations in preventing as well as responding to sexual violence.
Serving the ATSA Board: Three Perspectives
Book Review
My Story
Call for Abstracts
Adult Clinical Practice Committee
Awards Committee Update
Welcome ATSA Fellows
Lifetime Significant Achievement Award Speech
New Document: Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities
Welcome New 2016 Board Members
Call for Article Submissions
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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

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 brief survey.

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 informative. 

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 Committee.

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


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