Vol. XXIX, No. 1
Winter 2017
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
ATSA Conference FAQ
Students' Voice
Examining the Characteristics, Outcomes, and Risk Factors of Sexual Offenders Found Not Criminally Responsible
Featured Articles
Pedophilia is necessarily associated with neuropsychological impairments. Or is it?
A brief review of recent evidence
How Do Professionals Assess Sexual Recidivism Risk?
An International Survey of Practices
Jumping to Unfounded Conclusions About the Causes of Sexual Offending?
Book Review
No Touching Secrets!
Group Therapy with Sexual Abusers:
Engaging the Full Potential of the Group Experience
Committee Updates
ATSA’s NEW Prevention Infographic
Welcome New ATSA Fellows
Public Engagement Event 2016
ATSA Master Classes
ATSA Adolescent Guidelines Update
2017 Call for Abstracts
2017 Grants and Awards
Welcome New ATSA Staff
New ATSA Members

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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. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and found the quality of the program to be outstanding. I was fortunate to get to include some trips to the parks with family and friends, which rounded out the experience perfectly! One of the many reasons I enjoy attending the conference is to look for posters and presentations to share with the broader membership and Forum readers. The annual conference gives us the opportunity to keep abreast of cutting edge research and clinical innovation, often not yet published in SAJRT or elsewhere. However, I know that not all of our members can attend the conference every year, and so the Forum is a great place to access some highlights. In this issue, many of the articles summarize work presented at previous conferences.

In response to the survey last year, we heard that members wanted articles about how to interpret statistics so as to build their own capacity as scientist practitioners and clinicians who consume research to inform their evidence based practice. Kevin Nunes shares his work, previously presented at ATSA, on our potential “blind spots” when it comes to interpreting research finding and drawing conclusions about the causes and correlates of sexual abuse.

There has also been increased interest in the neurological underpinnings of deviant sexual interest, and a number of presentations at ATSA on this topic. To help us non-neuropsychologists wade through the dense literature, Christian Joyal summarizes the recent evidence on the relationship between pedophilia and neuropsychological impairments.

Our student piece in this issue comes from work on mentally ill individuals found not criminally responsible or not guilty by reason of insanity for sexual offences. Presented to a full house at this year’s conference, Danielle Loney’s research suggests that despite overlapping risk factors, this knowledge doesn’t always translate to the oversight of this group of offenders.

As you can see, a theme in many of the articles in this issue is related to how we use information in the realms of research, legal, and clinical practice. In an international survey of risk assessment practice, Sharon Kelley and her colleagues identified patterns in tool use with respect to the development era, approach or mechanism of assessment, and geographical location. It is very helpful to learn what your local and foreign colleagues are doing and the factors that might influence practice.

Hope you enjoy this issue; and as always, please send me your comments, feedback, ideas, and articles.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2017!

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor


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