Vol. XXX, No. 2
Spring 2018
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
Editor-in-Chief report for ATSA Members
President's Message
What are the submission guidelines for the Forum?
Featured Articles
Treatment Considerations for Offenders Who Access Child Sexual Exploitation Materials
Understanding Title IX: How Federal Policy Shapes Schools’ Responses to Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior
“I’ll change if you guys change.” Adapting systems to maximize treatment readiness among men who sexually offend.
Students' Voice
The Rate of Sexual Offence Convictions in the General Population
Book Reviews
Trauma informed care. Transforming treatment for people who have sexually abused.
Call for ATSA Board Nominations
2018 ATSA Student Clinical Case and Data Blitz
The ATSA Early Career Research Award
Save the Date
A Spotlight on ATSA’s 3000th Member
New ATSA Members
Newsletter Tools
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Forum Team
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 M. Moulden, ATSA Forum Editor
Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Happy 2018 fellow ATSA members, and a special welcome to our 3000th member. You can read more about her and the path that led her to this work in the membership committee update article. It is quite a testament to ATSA that so many professionals recognize the value of membership to this organization. I believe it is the family that Brad Johnson describes in the article that draws people to ATSA and keeps us here, some of us for decades. In work that can sometimes feel lonely, it is ATSA - conferences, listserve, the journal and hopefully, the Forum, that unites and supports those who devote their professional lives to the prevention of sexual abuse. Being able to share ideas and engage in discussion and debate is part of being in a family and the Forum is often the outlet for such exchange. In this issue our feature articles are particularly relevant for those working on the front line. The authors have written about their clinical efforts (sometimes in what feels like the dark), policy implications for practice, and systems issues and impacts on treatment.

Many of us are seeing increasing numbers of referrals for individuals convicted of internet related offences, and accessing child sexual exploitation material, specifically. As this is a relatively new type of offence, much work is being done to characterize the behaviour and associated risk. However, just as importantly, the field is trying to catch up when it comes to effective treatment and risk management. In an article based on a workshop at the 2017 conference, the authors summarize their own work, observations, and approach in this area, and the domains they see as important to address in treatment. This clinical sharing of ideas is so important while we wait for the science to accumulate, because, as we all know, the clients and courts don't wait.  

In an article about Title IX in the United States, the authors unpack how it is interpreted, applied and what this may mean for professionals working in school settings. The authors guide us through the history that has led to the current application of Title IX. The article is a useful resource for those working with youth directly, but also in collaboration with non clinical school staff, parents, and administrators.

While many of us complain about the systems within which we work, this issue includes an article about what to do about it. Considering the impact of systems (and culture) on readiness for change, the article identifies a number of sources that may undermine engagement and change, but also goes further to offer suggestions about what to change and how, within the institution and staff to create an environment conducive to change.

In this issue, we have a guest book reviewer and for good reason - the book is co-authored by our own book review editor, David Prescott. The book provides a clinical application of trauma informed care to work with individuals who have engaged in sexual abuse. This is an important resource for many clinicians who have tried to find the balance between clients' own victimization and that which they have perpetrated.

In our student voice section we hear more about the award winning research of Seung Lee from Carleton University. This research looks at the rates of sexual offence convictions in the general population to help provide a comparison for risk amongst men who have a history of sexual offending.

Finally, I took over the FAQ column in this issue to answer questions about Forum submissions. This brief note outlines formatting guidelines and some of the topics that Forum readers would like to learn more about. Hope you enjoy this issue; and as always, please send me your comments, feedback, ideas, and articles.

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor


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