Vol. XXXI, Issue 2, Spring 2019 Text Only Version
In This Issue
Editor's note
President's message
Accountability and responsibility in the era of #MeToo
The use of nonviolent resistance in forensic therapy for the prevention of sexual abuse
Using good groups to attain good lives: Ten techniques for enhancing the effectiveness of group therapy in the GLM
Father-daughter incest: Investigating family dynamics and risk in German-speaking fathers
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SO: The New Scarlet Letters
Adult practice
Education and Training Committee
ATSA is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors
Legal notice
U.S. state legislative bills affecting practice
New members
National Adolescent Perpetration Network Conference
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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
Editor's note
By Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

I would like to start by thanking ATSA members for their engagement with the Forum. I have noticed a steady increase in submissions to the Forum over the past year or two. I believe this reflects increased interest and readership, such that ATSA members read the Forum, recognize the relevance of the articles to their own work, and realize that they also have significant insights to contribute. An important consequence of increased readership and submissions is improved quality. Over the last five years you have likely noticed the various additions to the Forum including the FAQ, the student voice, and, most recently, the Clinical Corner. These changes are in direct response to your feedback and my impression is that you like what you’re reading. Keep sending in your articles and ideas. I am always happy to work with authors and to get feedback so we can continue to make sure the Forum reflects what’s important to ATSA members.

The last year in particular has seen growing opportunity for victims of sexual abuse to be seen and heard, but most importantly believed. The #MeToo movement has attempted to push sexual victimization out of the shadows and in doing so assert the rights of victims and the responsibilities of those who have abused them. In a feature article Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson invited ATSA members to further contemplate this movement and its application to those who have perpetrated sexual abuse. What does it mean for our clients? How can we as ATSA members, and society more broadly, support responsibility?

Jerry Jennings and Shan Jumper provide a well-crafted case for how effective group therapy is consistent with a Good Lives approach to treatment. They have clearly given much thought to the relationship between the treatment modality and approach, and how delivery of service can be so critical to the efficacy of treatment itself.  The paper is clinically rich for practitioners, but researchers may also find interesting questions are raised about treatment targets and the mechanisms of change.

In the third feature article of this issue, Kris Vanhoeck from Belgium proposes nonviolent resistance (NVR) as a possible approach to working with those who have sexually abused. In this thoughtful article NVR, its theoretical origins and typical clinical use is described. Kris then describes how and why it may be helpful as a complementary approach with those who have engaged in sexual abuse.  

The student voice this issue will be familiar to those of you who attended the conference in Vancouver. Julia Nentzl was the winner of the Marnie Rice student poster award for her work examining the family dynamics and risk factors associated with father-daughter incest in a German-speaking sample.

This issue’s clinical corner features the Adult Clinical Practice Committee with some updates about what this committee has been up to. Specifically, this committee has been working hard to gather input from members about how to provide services/trainings to meet their needs, and have responded with a suite of resources, summarized in the article in this issue. The Education and Training Committee also provides its regular update with a brief report on what that committee has been up to and its plans for the next year. Finally, our book reviewer, David Prescott, provides a careful and useful analysis of some of the newest material on the market.

Heather M. Moulden

ATSA Forum Editor

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