Vol. XXX, No. 4
Fall 2018
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In This Issue
Regular Features
Editor's Note
President's Message
FAQ
Is there such thing as “sexual harm” or is it always Abuse or Trauma?
Featured Articles
Moving beyond the “sex offender” dialogue:
How ATSA members can promote person-first language
Pros and Cons of Manualized Approaches to Sexual Abuse Specific Treatment:
Experiences of Programs in Kansas & Oregon
The Clinical Practice Corner: Juvenile Practice
The ATSA Adult Clinical Practice Committee
Students' Voice
The ATSA Student Experience:
A Personal Anecdote on Attending the Conference and Joining the Student Committee
Book Reviews
Two by Jeglic and Calkins
The Safer Society
Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended
ATSA News
2018 ATSA Conference Events
Public Engagement Event
Welcome Incoming Board Members
2018 ATSA Awards
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
The ATSA Adult Clinical Practice Committee
Anita Schlank

The Adult Clinical Practice Committee serves as a resource for providers who treat adult males who have sexually offended.  The mission of the committee includes updating treatment providers about ATSA policies and papers, updating the Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Adult Male Offenders, and disseminating new relevant research. 

History and Membership:

The Committee began in 2014, but has undergone several membership changes.  The first Chair of the committee was Jennifer Wheeler, followed by a brief period chaired by Pamela Yates.  The current co-chairs of the committee are Anita Schlank and Shan Jumper, both Clinical Directors of SVP programs, with Anita directing the Virginia program and Shan directing the Illinois program.  Members of the committee include Adam Deming (Executive Director at Liberty Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana), Jill Levenson (Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL), Anton Schweighofer (private practice in Burnaby B.C.), Carla Xella (private practice in Rome, Italy), and ATSA’s Executive Director, Maia Christopher.  Pamela Freske (Associate Director of Behavioral Health for the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Minneapolis) and Amber Lindeman (private practice in Minneapolis, MN) are rotating off the committee, and Deirdre D’Orazio (private practice in Atascadero, CA) has just joined.

Membership Survey:

In early 2017, a survey of the membership was conducted to determine how the Adult Clinical Practice Committee could be of the most benefit.  260 members responded to the survey and indicated that they would be interested in the committee providing additional information and resources about several topics, with the top five topics being Internet & Child Porn Offenders, Assessing Treatment Needs and Change, Risk-Needs-Responsivity, The Self-Regulation Model, and Group Therapy Techniques.  Within the topic of responsivity issues, members noted that they were most interested in a focus on Psychopathy, Trauma-Informed Care, Treatment of Denial and Intellectual Functioning.  Members responding to the survey indicated that their preferred method for obtaining this information would be through free webinars, followed by a dedicated page on the ATSA website and a special column in the ATSA Forum.  Results of this survey have guided the work of the committee.

Committee Work: 

In addition to reviewing the Practice Guidelines to determine if revisions are needed, the committee has begun work on several other projects.    Several short, videotaped lectures are being developed on various topics to be made available for free to ATSA members from the Members Section of the website.  Scheduled to be filmed are Bob McGrath on Effective Aspects of a Sex Offender Program, Steve Sawyer on Group Process, and Sandy Jung on understanding the Risk Needs Responsivity Principles.  Committee members are also working to develop links to available articles on various treatment-related topics.  These links will assist those who quickly desire to catch up on relevant research and other publications in certain areas.  Links have already been created to direct members to the available articles on the topics of Group Process, Treating Denial, Assessment and Treatment of Deviant Arousal, and use of EMDR.  These links, along with the videotaped lectures will soon be posted to a dedicated “Clinician’s Corner” section of the ATSA website.  Most recently, the Adult Clinical Practice Committee has been tasked by ATSA’s President to begin development of guidelines for institutions when evaluating and/or choosing programs.

If you have ideas about how the committee can be a more helpful resource for treatment providers, please contact Anita at anita.schlank@dbhds.virginia.gov.  Or meet us at the 2018 Annual Conference.  Mark your calendar for Thursday October 18, 2018, from 5 pm – 6 pm in the Constable room, and join us for a joint meet and greet with the Adolescent Practice Committee. 


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