|by Heather M. Moulden, ATSA Forum Editor|
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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