Vol. XXVIII, No. 3
Summer 2016
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Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
Are Juvenile Sexual Risk Assessment Instruments Adequate on Their Own to Assess Risk?
Featured Articles
Preventing Clinician Burnout
A Theoretical Framework for Proscribing Pornography Viewing for Those With Sex Offense Convictions
Online Debate 5: Developing a worldly understanding of sexual offenders and their management
Students' Voice
Sexual Deviance and General Criminality Factors Among Adolescent Sex Offenders
3rd Annual ATSA Student Clinical Case and Data Blitz
Book Review
The Trauma Myth
2016 Election
35th ATSA Conference
Awards Announcements
ATSA Chapters: Amplifying ATSA’s Footprint in the World
New ATSA Members
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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

Welcome to the summer issue of the Forum. It is full of interesting and thought-provoking articles about the work we do and how to do it better, which I hope will prove to be enriching summer reading.

In this issue our contributors tackle some tough and at times controversial topics, including what to do about pornography use in treatment, the impact of child sexual abuse, and how to address online images of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Where I work, and for many other clinicians I speak to, the function/impact of pornography use for our clients comes up in the course of risk management and treatment. So I was quite pleased to see an article that applies theory to practice in an attempt to consider this question. In reviewing the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, we are offered an argument that is clinically informed and useful. Ron Ricci and Cheryl Clayton shared that they use this information to educate clients and colleagues about the relationship between pornography use and treatment, and it has been received positively. I hope you too will find it helpful in your own clinical practice. 

In another piece about sexual material and how to respond as a field, this issue of the Forum includes the final Leverhulme Trust sponsored online debate that took place this spring. It confronted the issue of online child exploitation and images of sexual abuse and included input from twelve contributors from three countries. This discussion provided some good information about the scope and scale of the problem as well as up to date research on risk and recidivism. It also raised some questions about how to tackle the problem given its scale, and the prioritization of scarce detection, prosecution and rehabilitation resources. Innovative projects are underway, but we learned that the response may need to be increasingly technological and collaborative given the nature of the problem.

Many of the clinical issues we confront in our work with individuals who have engaged in sexual abuse are very complex, large in scope, poorly resourced, and contentious. For these reasons, not to mention the very nature of the work itself, it is estimated that almost 40 percent of clinicians who treat individuals convicted of a sexual offence experience some form of burnout. Its likely most, if not all, of our readers have experienced burnout or vicarious trauma to some degree across their career, or have supported a colleague struggling with the impact of this work. For this reason, it’s helpful to be reminded that despite the very rewarding nature of our work, there is also some risk attached, and therefore the importance of clinician self-care. Tyffani Monford Dent offers some helpful suggestions for preventing burnout, and of course engaging with colleagues is high on the list. As ATSA members we have many avenues for support, such as the listserve, the conference, and the journal.

In their committee update piece, Robin Goldman and her colleagues wrote about ATSA chapters as a rich source of the professional support and development so important for self-care. Local meetings provide the opportunity for members within a jurisdiction to come together on issues relevant to their community. We also learn about international and multi-jurisdictional chapters as ways to connect despite small numbers.

In the Forum Survey, readers made great suggestions about frequently asked questions they would like answered. This issue Phil Rich weighs in on risk assessment for juveniles convicted of a sexual offence. In a similar vein the student column summarizes research by Eric Filleter on the impact of past sexual and physical abuse in adolescents who have committed a sexual offence.

Read on for many more informative pieces on ATSA board initiatives, the conference, elections information, educational resources, and awards. We strive to make the Forum a relevant and stimulating source of organization information, clinical wisdom, and research news. Please send me your feedback and articles so we can continue to enhance the Forum for you as readers and ATSA members. 

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor


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