|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
I like preparing the spring edition of the Forum in the middle of winter. Just
thinking ahead to spring gives me relief as I’m flying from Ottawa to Toronto
on the coldest day of winter (-43oC, -45oF) reviewing
submissions and writing this note. In this edition I’m struck by how so much of
what we do is about challenging and changing perspectives: our own, our
clients, and the community. This issue is filled with interesting perspectives
on how we, as a society, understand sexual abuse and what we can do about it.
Helmus shares the summary of findings from a survey undertaken by the Strategic
Planning Committee to better understand how the public sees the problems of
sexual abuse. As she explains in her article, by knowing their perspective it
can guide our efforts to inform and engage with all members of our community.
This information also helps to guide prevention strategies and policies that
are again relevant to society as a whole, not just us or our clients.
themes from the Help Wanted research
initiative reveal the important, and until recently, unknown perspective of
non-offending adolescents with pedophilia. This piece previews early themes
emerging from the interviews, and also about how to direct interested
participants or therapists to the study.
book review continues the theme of challenging perspectives, and David
highlights how being open and genuinely engaged with the perspective of our
clients really galvanizes our treatment efforts. The concept of open dialogues
and its effectiveness is demonstrated through work with individuals diagnosed
with psychosis and illustrates how openness to other perspectives inspires new
learning and applications to our field.
in her piece about the impact of juvenile sex offender registration Sharon
Denniston summarizes her research examining the perspective of registrants and
unintended consequences of registration policy. She convincingly demonstrates
that the negative impact is specific to registration and particularly troubling
given the lack of evidence to support this strategy.
provided a summary of the results from the FAQ column survey in which we asked
members to provide feedback on what they would like to see in that regular
piece. I’m happy to say that some of the topics suggested appear in this issue,
such as Franca Cortoni’s piece on female offenders, Tom Leversee’s committee
update on the Adolescent Guidelines, and our student article on hebephilia by Skye
you enjoy this issue of the Forum, and please send your submissions for the
Summer issue (I just love writing that).
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor