|by Michael Miner, ATSA President 2016-2017|
Hello from Minnesota, where it
has been an amazing spring day. I hope
that this finds everyone doing well. In
the months since my last column, there have been a lot of very exciting things
that have happened and are being planned.
The spring Board meeting, which was held in May, was devoted to
strategic planning and a Board self-assessment.
The Board adopted the priorities and strategies presented by the
Strategic Planning Committee, headed by Robin Goldman, and including Karen
Baker, Maia Christopher, Maaike Helmus, Chris Labonov-Restovsky, Kelly McGrath,
and Becky Palmer. Going forward, our
priorities are to: strategically diversify and grow our membership; become the organization
of choice to provide evidence based education, training, implementation
strategies and resources to prevent sexual abuse perpetration; effectively
and proactively engage policy makers; enhance our public education presence and
impact; enhance our role in comprehensive prevention of sexual abuse; and
diversify our sources of income. As
you can see, these are very ambitious priorities, and the ATSA staff, Board of
Directors, and standing committees will be very busy operationalizing these
priorities and associated strategies to move our organization forward.
Some of the above has already
begun. ATSA provided a declaration in
support of the law suit in California challenging the International Megan’s
Law, and our Executive Director, Maia Christopher, recently submitted an
application for a grant from the SMART office, in conjunction with the Safer
Society Foundation, the Center for Sex Offender Management, and Robert McGrath. This is the first time that ATSA has applied
for a competitive grant. This grant will
fund the implementation and evaluation of sex offender treatment guidelines in
three States, and if we receive this funding, positions ATSA to promulgate and
provide technical support for adoption and implementation of evidence-based
practice. It will also provide
infrastructure to support additional projects and funding applications.
The above are exciting
efforts. The final priority adopted by
the Board involves Board development. As
you are likely aware, the Board has been incrementally reorganizing so that
Regional Representatives are phased out and new positions, such as the Adult
Clinical Representative, Adolescent Clinical Representative, and International
Representative have been implemented.
During the next three years, these position will continue to evolve, as
their respective committees develop the goals and objectives necessary to
implement our strategic plan.
This is an exciting time for ATSA
and I would like to encourage all of you to participate. The election is now open and this year, we
are electing the President-Elect, Juvenile Clinical Practice Representative,
Adult Clinical Practice Representative, and Student Representative. Historically, only about 16 percent of our
membership participates in elections and I would like that to change. ATSA has difficult decisions to make, and if
we are to achieve our priorities, we need to move forward together, with
maximal participation from all of you.
So, please take the time to acquaint yourselves with the outstanding
candidates for each of the offices and cast your vote.
Finally, Kelly, Maia, and the rest
of the staff are working diligently to prepare for the conference this November
in Orlando. The conference committee has
put together an excellent program that promises to have wide appeal. Have a great summer and I hope to see you all