I hope everyone enjoyed the ATSA conference in Atlanta last month. I know that for me, the opportunity to share knowledge, and reconnect with friends and colleagues is incredibly rejuvenating and inspiring. And the golfing speaker event was pretty fun! For those of you unable to attend this year, the Clinical Corner is this issue provides a summary of session highlights to extend this knowledge sharing and inspiration to you too.
The feature articles in this issue keep the conversation going by jumping off from listserv debate, clinic conversation, and research summaries of data collected from you. This issue truly represents the spirit of the Forum as a space for discussion and contemplation about the various spheres of our work, and its ethical, empirical, and therapeutic implications. In the first feature we learn of the value of mindfulness-based practice as a complementary clinical tool. Janet DiGiorgio-Miller draws from her clinical experience as well as the existing literature to inform its application with our clients, but also to consider its relevance for clinicians to both improve self-care as well as clinical aptitude. The second feature comes from Mark Carich, a regular Forum contributor, and no stranger to clinical contemplation. Mark invites us to reflect on the issue of offence disclosure in the treatment of sexual offending. He reviews the arguments on both sides, and offers a thoughtful middle ground for clinical consideration. Finally, Elizabeth Jeglic, Kseniya Katsman, and Ines Zulueta share the findings from their research project examining the impact of providing sexual offence treatment on clinicians. They asked you, ATSA members, to weigh in on this question, and their results and recommendations not only contribute to a growing literature on the impact of working with traumatic material, but is rooted in our very unique experience, and therefore are particularly relevant for Forum readers.
The student work I get to review as Forum editor is always stimulating, and this issue is no exception. Alexandra Zidenberg summarizes her meta-analysis of treatment for children exhibiting concerning sexual behavior. What is so important, in addition to the promising treatment effects, is the conversation about myths associated with childhood sexuality, such as what is developmentally normal, and what causes deviations from this health trajectory. This paper gets us thinking about these questions, and also, importantly, contributes scientifically to what is otherwise a limited research base. Ryan Shields takes the helm of the research FAQ column in this issue to address the collateral consequences of registration/notification laws for youth convicted of a sexual offence. In his work he solicited input from treatment providers and the youth themselves to ascertain how these laws affect their mental health, relationships and safety. Finally, as always, our book reviewers have done some work for us, and provide two reviews addressing interesting, dynamic, and timely topics: campus sexual assault. Read on for their astute summaries and reviews to decide if these resources belong on your shelves.
Over the last few issues you will have seen information about changes to the Forum structure and an invitation to become involved. I am very excited to report that some incredible ATSA members jumped on board, and it is my sincere pleasure to welcome these newest members to the Forum team. New editorial board members are Katherine Gotch, Deirdre D’Orazio, and Sharon Kelley, who are joined by the newest associate book reviewer, Becky Palmer. As you’ve probably noticed, Becky has been assisting our Book Review Editor, David Prescott for a number of issues now. However, Katie, Deirdre and Sharon will begin their terms with the 2020 issue, due to come out in March. They will be assisting with the review and development of content for the Forum, so please feel free to reach out to them too with your ideas and articles.
I look forward to reading your submissions or speaking with you about ideas and topics.
I wish all of my fellow ATSA members Happy Holidays, and a joyful and prosperous 2020.
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor