|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
In preparing this issue I was struck by how
much of our work requires us to learn from related but distinct areas of study.
Whether in the clinic or lab we, and our clients, truly benefit from the
advances in other domains, whether it be treatment techniques or related
scientific findings. In this issue, our contributors share their knowledge on
special populations, clinical applications, and related research domains,
including mental illness and intimate partner violence. This work really does
require a great scope of knowledge, which fortunately makes it all the richer.
Maaike Helmus kindly stepped up to answer
this issue's FAQ submitted on behalf of the ATSA research committee. Maaike
provides some very helpful advice and the empirical support to back it up when
conducting risk assessments with indigenous
In a feature article, we are reminded that too
often specialty areas run the risk of myopia, looking solely within their own
research arena, instead of exploring the many domains against which they bump
up against. Such is the case with sexual and intimate partner violence (IPV).
In this issue Diana Groener takes a look at the parallel and intersecting
worlds of sexual violence and IPV with a focus on what we can learn from one
another and the ways in which we overlap. This article provides a nice
historical overview and poses interesting empirical and clinical questions for
us as ATSA members.
In this issue Kevin Powell considers the
importance of a strength-based approach in the treatment of those who have
engaged in sexual abuse. The article goes beyond positive psychology and a strengths-focus, to explore how this approach works in tandem
with other relevant treatment approaches, such as motivational interviewing,
hope, and trauma informed care.
Our student voice, by Casey Myers, summarizes
some preliminary data investigating the relationship between mental illness and
sexually abusive behaviour. This research points to some interesting correlates
with psychiatric symptoms and possible shared vulnerabilities. We'll look
forward to some more results to clarify ongoing questions about the
relationship between neuro/psychiatric illness and paraphilias.
Thanks to Liam Marshall for providing a guest
book review of Stinson and Clark's book "Motivational Interviewing with
Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry". In
his hands, readers will find the book situated within relevant research, and
are assured of the practical application of the book to their current practice.
The book proves to be a valuable resource for clinicians at all levels of
Finally, Shan Jumper provides us with the
Funds Committee update; a new committee for ATSA that reflects its strategic
goals as a maturing organization. Shan gives an introduction to the committee
and describes its role and within ATSA. He invites all members to share ideas
with the committee to help ATSA grow.
all enjoy this issue of the Forum as you kick off your summer; and as always,
please send me your comments, suggestion, ideas and articles.
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor