Vol. XXIX, No. 4
Fall 2017
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
Why is Juvenile Polygraph Not Recommended by ATSA?
Featured Articles
Responding to Problematic Technology Use:
Creating a Therapeutic Toolbox
Looking After Ourselves and Each Other
Utilizing Recreation Therapy as Part of the Treatment Model
Understanding and Preventing Adolescent Pedophilia TEDMED Talk
Step One of Cultural Competency Addressing Privilege & Power
Students' Voice
Assessment of Deviant Preferences Using Novel Behavioral Assessment Procedures
A Studentís Guide to the ATSA 2017 Conference
Book Review
RNR Principles in Practice In the Management and Treatment of Sexual Abusers
2017 ATSA Conference Events
Preventing Harmful Sexual Behaviors in Youth: An Infographic from the ATSA Prevention Committee
Welcome Incoming Board Members
2017 ATSA Awards
ATSA Professional Code of Ethics 2017 Revisions and Additions
New ATSA Members
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David Prescott
Book Review Editor

Sarah Gorter
Production Editor

Forum Editor
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

It feels like I was just writing to you with well wishes for summer, and here we are embracing the autumn with already falling leaves in this part of the world. While summer is often a time of relaxation, this did not appear to be the case for the contributors to our fall issue of the Forum. They were busy reflecting and writing so that they could share their clinical wisdom with you, ATSA members. I’m sure you will find this issue full of helpful and practical resources just in time for “back to school”.

Our editor emeritus, Robin Wilson, reminds us of the impact of doing our work and how to take care so we can keep doing it. He provides a succinct summary of some of the key points from the literature on vicarious/secondary trauma, and includes references to resources and reading to facilitate the process of self-care, which for many clinicians, falls to the wayside after the multitude of other work and life demands.

Two other feature articles provide very practical clinical advice and direction for domains of practice and intervention that we know relatively little about. David Delmonico and Elizabeth Griffith share their clinical expertise working with individuals who have engaged in online offending. Specifically, they highlight the importance of addressing technology directly within treatment approaches and offer insight and helpful exercises to facilitate self-awareness, challenge thinking, and navigate the web in a healthy way.

I was also very excited to read the article by Christin Santiago-Calling, in which the benefits of therapeutic recreation for adolescents was introduced as a novel and innovative means of intervention. The article makes a compelling case for the integration of this mode of work into multidisciplinary team approaches for residential treatment. Christin includes excellent examples of activities and their potential mechanisms of change, making it easy for readers to try them out in their own practice.

Staying with adolescents, following the new guidelines, many members wondered about the guidance offered surrounding polygraph for youth. In this issue our FAQ column was jointly authored by Phil Rich and Danielle Harris (Adolescent and Research Committee Chairs, respectively) to provide the rationale and additional clarification regarding this issue. Continue to send me your questions regarding research translation or clinical practice so we can get you the answers you need.

Other committees have been busy updating materials and gearing up for the conference. From the Ethics committee, Becky Palmer provides a helpful summary of some of the major changes to the revised and updated ATSA Professional Code of Ethics. Thanks to Becky for helping members to wade through this document by signalling some of the pertinent additions and changes. The student body of ATSA is looking forward to welcoming student conference attendees and showcasing their significant contributions at the conference. Committee chair Andrew Brankley provides a helpful guide and schedule that will prepare returning and new student attendees alike. For non-student members this piece is a summary of the impressive work our students do and all they contribute to the conference. Many events are not just for students (e.g. data blitz), and a review of all the events and advice will benefit many first time conference attendees. As an example of the quality of the work produced by ATSA students, our student article by John Michael Falligant, summarizes his exciting work looking at novel behavioral assessment procedures for the assessment of deviant sexual preferences.

I hope you enjoy the fall issue of the Forum and find it as interesting and exciting as I did. As always, I look forward to reading your articles and I am happy to work with you on developing ideas for a Forum piece. 


Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor


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