Vol. XXX, No. 3
Summer 2018
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
Should I Use Risk Assessment Scales with Indigenous Offenders?
Featured Articles
Sex Offending and Intimate Partner Violence: A brief look at two fields
The Importance of a Strengths-Based Approach in Sex Offense-Specific Services
Students' Voice
Problematic Sexual Interests in Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study of Prevalence & Characteristics
Book Review
Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry
2018 Election
ATSA Grows Up!
Fund Development for the 21st Century
Legislative Update
2018 ATSA Conference: Exhibit and Support Opportunities
Apply for the ATSA Fellow for 2018
New Chapter Resources Now Available Online
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 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 clients.

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 expertise.

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.

Hope you 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


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