|International Committee update|
This feels like a timely update as I am ending my first term
(2017-2020) and about to start my second (2020-2023) as chair of ATSA’s
International Committee. The International Committee has achieved a lot over
the past 3 years including:
- The re-establishment of a committee (which has
11 members from 10 countries) that talk via email (as conference calling is a
logistical/time zone nightmare);
- An international panel at the annual ATSA
- An increase in international and transnational
papers, workshops, and panels at the ATSA, NOTA, and ANZATSA conferences;
- An increase in blogs from international members which
comment on international and/or transnational issues;
- An increased focus on international perspectives
on other ATSA committees; and
- A number of internationally focused publications
including a special edition of the IATSO journal Sexual Offender Treatment last year and this edition of the ATSA Forum.
None of this could be done without the support of ATSA and
the tireless work of the committee members!
ATSA is an international organization. Although based in and
rooted in the USA, slightly more than 10% of its membership comes from non-USA
countries, which means that the international committee has an important role
to play in the development of the organization and the impact of its research
and practice. The international committee will be looking to work with other
ATSA committees, and those of its sister organizations, to cross-pollinate
ideas, to make sure that current, as well as emerging, work has an
international flavour to it, and that existing work is accessible to
non-American ATSA members. As you will see in Part 1 of the ATSA international
members’ survey in this issue, having access to up-to-date international
research and practice in their mother tongue is a massive issue for
non-Anglophone ATSA members and, therefore, this is something the international
committee wants to tackle in the coming years. It is important that there is
consistency in training and access to resources for all ATSA members regardless
of their geographical location or capability to speak English; it will be a
challenge, but a worthwhile one.
Over the next few months, the International Committee will
be reaching out to international ATSA members to see what resources they want
access to so that we can start to build a relevant and fit-for-purpose library.
In addition to published pieces we also need to think about how ATSA conference
material can be accessed by all members, but especially international members
who find it particularly difficult to attend because of cost and distance. The
role of the committee, as you can see, is not only to make ATSA members aware
of international research and practice, but to make ATSA research and practice
accessible to international members.
If you would like to join the international committee,
please do email me, or if you will be at the annual conference in Atlanta,
please come up and say hello.