Vol. XXIX, No. 2
Spring 2017
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
Sexual deviance or social deviance: What MRI research reveals about pedophilia
Featured Articles
Assessing the Risk of Child Pornography Offenders:
Development of the Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT)
Moral Reasoning in Juveniles Who Sexually Offend
HMP Whatton: working with diverse groups in prison
Students' Voice
Do paraphilic sexual interests increase the risk for sexually coercive behavior? A population-based twin study
Book Reviews
Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists: A Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness
Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man’s Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure
Call for ATSA Board Nominations
4th Annual ATSA Student Clinical Case and Data Blitz
ATSA Public Policy Committee Update
Social Responsibility: The Many Ways ATSA Members Make Society Safer
“In the News” – A New Service for You
Legislative Update
New ATSA Members
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David Prescott
Book Review Editor

Sarah Gorter
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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 M. Moulden, ATSA Forum Editor
Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Welcome to the spring issue of the ATSA Forum. As you will see from the contents of this issue, it’s a busy time at ATSA, with many exciting research, treatment, and policy initiatives. We are also gearing up for our conference in the fall and putting the call out for nominations to the board. I know we’re biased, but I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a great time to be involved with such an active and relevant organization.

In this issue we get an update of the Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT). For many clinicians we’ve seen a rise in referrals following charges related to portrayals of child sexual abuse. This is often accompanied by questions from lawyers and judges alike about the potential for these clients to act again or commit hands-on offences. Research in this area has culminated in a tool to assist assessors in making determinations of risk. Although still in the validation stage, it is helpful to read about where the instrument is at and how we can use it for research and practice.

In the practice domain, clinicians often encounter repeated themes in those with whom they work that suggest new understanding of the problem, or room for intervention and change. In his article, Norbert Ralph reviews the concept and relevance of moral reasoning in juveniles who sexually offend. He provides a thoughtful evaluation of the development of moral reasoning and methods of assessment within justice involved youth in general and those who have sexually offended in particular.

Work like Norbert’s reminds us that there remain many interesting questions about what and how to work with those who sexually offend. I had the opportunity to visit Whatton Institution, part of Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the UK last year and was impressed by their menu of specialized treatment options and modes to optimize treatment response. In their article Kerensa Hocken, Lynn Saunders, Helen O’Connor and Phillip Brown describe the setting, population, and unique program offerings. Philip Brown provides a user perspective which further enriches the article and our understanding of the client treatment experience.

In our regular FAQ column James Cantor tackles the question “Are the neurological differences in pedophilic samples actually due to pedophilia, or due to their criminality and willingness to break the law?” This is a nice follow-up to Christian Joyal’s article in the last issue and hopefully will provide readers with greater understanding of this complex and evolving research area.

From the student voice we highlight work from one of the Poster award winners from last year’s conference in Orlando. Elena Baur shares her award-winning research on the relationship between paraphilic interest and sexually coercive behaviour. Given the observed link, she advocates for early detection and preventive strategies to address paraphilias before a first offence.

This issue’s committee update comes from Andrew Harris and Katie Gotch on behalf of the Public Policy Committee. In their article they outline committee activities, as well as future directions, with particular focus on refining their targets, communications, and partnerships to achieve ATSA's goals.

David Prescott delivers two book reviews in this issue, which should keep you busy. Each offers an appraisal of important topics. Of particular interest is the work on pornography use by David Ley written for consumers. Given the many questions experts still have, it is very helpful to find a resource that provides some rational guidance to those curious, concerned, or struggling with pornography.  

You will find guidelines about how to contribute to the Forum in this issue. As always, I look forward to reading your articles and I am happy to work with you on developing ideas for a Forum piece. Thank-you to you, the reader, and to the contributors who share their ideas and their work.

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor


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