Vol. XXIX, No. 4
Fall 2017
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Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
FAQ
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
ATSA News
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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A Studentís Guide to the ATSA 2017 Conference
Andrew E. Brankley
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
ATSA Student Representative on the Board of Directors

FO·MO /ˈfōmō/
Origin – English “fear of missing out”
Noun informal
Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere.
“My FOMO is bad because I don’t know what to do at the ATSA 2017 Conference!”

The opportunities at ATSA Conferences can seem overwhelming—especially for students. From the start you are handed a thick package of information about concurrent sessions, plenaries, receptions, and other events where you can learn, share your interests, and meet colleagues and leaders in the field. With so many options you feel burdened with the tyranny of choice - Where do you go?

The purpose of this guide is to direct students’ attention towards events that are either specially designed for students or are cornerstone events that should not be missed at any ATSA conference (See Table 1 for an outline).

5 Tips for Before you Arrive

Think of conferences like major theme parks that deliver knowledge and collegiality instead of screams and disappointing/overpriced food. There are a few common practices that can help you get the most out of your day:

(1) Pack clothes that are professional, yet comfortable. Conference days are long and there are few things worse than painful shoes or poorly fitting clothes cramping your discussions and networking.

(2) Give yourself a travel day. Conferences are intense. Try booking an extra day on either end to give you a chance to acclimate before and rest afterwards, even stealing a few moments to have a look around Kansas City.

(3) If you bring a day bag, pack light (same reasons as Tip 1).

(4) Include in your day bag some “just in case” items.Prepare for a rainy day. These can include over-the-counter analgesics for headaches, Tide-to-go pens for stains, and mints for awkward bad breath.

(5) Download the Conference App. This little treasure not only contains maps, schedules, and abstracts, but it is also a great way to connect with people.

(6) Stretch your Twitter Thumbs. Twitter has become the dominant social media platform to quickly connect and disseminate information about conferences. I personally enjoy it because it helps me stay engaged with presenters as I am listening to find the next quote to post.

Table 1. A Student’s Guide to Student-Focused and Recommended Events


(click on the table to view a larger version)

Preparing the Next Gen – Wednesday

Hosted by Andrew Brankley & Sacha Maimone

Before the conference begins check out the only free preconference workshop that is designed especially for students eager to get the most out of ATSA and their training experiences. The focus of this workshop is developing professional skills critical to a successful career. The three areas of professional growth are (1) constructing a professional identity, (2) networking and self–promotion, and (3) improving self–care. Presenters will use a combination of lecture, demonstration, group activity, discussion, and detailed resource material to actively engage and inform audience members. the goal of this workshop is to provide a comfortable environment for students and early career professionals to learn, share ideas, and network.

Student Clinical Case and Data Blitz – Thursday

Hosted by Danielle Loney & Mina Ratkalkar

The Student Clinical Case and Data Blitz caps off the first conference day, just before going to the poster session. The Blitz features 14 presentations examining important issues related to the prevention, assessment, management, and treatment of individuals who engage in nonconsensual sexual behaviours. Even if you are not presenting, you should come and hear these rapid 5-minute presentations from upcoming researchers and professionals. This year promises to be the best yet as we received more submissions than ever before

Poster Session – Thursday/Friday

Overseeing Student Poster Awards, Carissa Toop

Just after the Blitz on Thursday, and again on Friday, is the Poster Session. Do not let the name fool you—student content dominates the poster session. The content is so good we have a tradition of awarding prizes for the top student posters for each day. Posters will be evaluated on their visual presentation and quality of research. So come by and check out the stellar posters while taking advantage of the hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Next Generation Reception – Thursday

Hosted by Andrew Brankley & Carisa Collins

Your first conference day is still not finished as we invite you to The NextGen Student Reception. The reception is a “backstage pass” designed to connect ATSA student members with leaders in our field. You enter a comfortable, social environment where students can network and engage established researchers in the field of sexual abuse in lively conversation to discuss issues and ask questions. This is especially important for students planning on graduate school. We invite the ATSA Lifetime Achievement Award winner to give a few words of wisdom and, new this year, will be networking games with prizes for the winners.

Recommended Events

The ATSA conference has several not-to-be missed events that are great opportunities for students to mix with ATSA membership. The morning network events are hidden gems as you have the opportunity to meet people interested in meeting you. I also cannot say enough good things about the annual Speakers Event. Picture private Cirque Du Soleil-style performances, Mexican food and dancing, and go kart racing. These events are so popular that back channel competitions are held to secure the few leftover tickets, or so I am told.

The Annual ATSA conference is the highlight of my professional and social calendar. I praise it so highly because I have been to many other conferences and I have yet to see such a genuine combination of quality learning and professional socializing. Whether you are presenting or listening, ATSA is a supportive nurturing environment. Don’t miss out!

Authors Note: I would like to thank the members of the student committee for their help and input in writing this piece: Carisa Collins, Carissa Toop, Danielle Loney, Darragh McCashin, Ian McPhail, Jacinta Cording, Kelcey Puszkiewicz, Laura Kuhle, Sacha Maimone, Mina Ratkalkar


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