Every issue I find myself
reflecting on the thoughtfulness and generosity of our members/contributors.
The articles are so often written with colleagues in mind; trying to share
knowledge and new perspectives, and always with consideration of how we can do
better as a group of professionals. The Forum is also a place where authors can
try out new ideas, innovations, and even just ask questions to a group of
readers who share our commitment to make society safer. This issue is no
exception. I hope you enjoy it.
As we continue to reinvent
the ways we work and provide service to our clients, the articles about
COVID-19 are welcome additions to this issue. The landscape continues to change
and so must we, so I am very grateful to the Clinical Corner authored by Anita
Shlank and a feature article from Sharon Kelley about how COVID-19 impacts ATSA
members and how to continue to provide excellent care in spite of significant
change and challenge. Other features are equally thought provoking, such as the
article by our own Deidre D’Orazio and Jill Kovaly, an attorney, about open
courtrooms in civil commitment proceedings. The combined wisdom of their legal
and clinical perspectives makes for a stimulating and impactful read. Katie
Gotch shines a light on a relatively overlooked aspect of sexual violence,
domestic sexual trafficking. She provides practical tips on working with those
who engage in this behaviour, advancing the application of our clinical skills
to this unique group. Finally, Mark Carich, Jessie
Huebner, and Theresa Loy, reexamine the psychologically meaningful dynamic risk
factors as proposed by Ruth Mann.
Our book reviewers have two
recommendations that are sure to pique the interest of many ATSA members. Becky
Palmer reviews The Little Book of
Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse: Hope through Trauma, and suggests that the
authors offer a balanced approach to applying restorative justice to sexual
abuse, while offering helpful insights into how it can support change and
reconciliation. In his review, David Prescott shares his thoughts on the book, Assessing and Managing Problematic Sexual
Interests: A Practitioner’s Guide, which also offers practical information
for ATSA members. David notes that the book includes new perspectives, by
trusted experts addressing the assessment and treatment of problematic sexual
interests, so critical to much of the work we do.
Student Voice column, Ali Tabb challenges readers to consider the
methodological approaches to research on pornography
use among adolescents who exhibit problematic sexual behavior. She advocates
for multi method approaches to more wholly understand the nature of the problem
and how best to address it.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to let
readers know about my decision to end my term as editor of the Forum.Since I
joined the Forum in 2014 we’ve made many changes, and I hope that they have
enhanced your experience of the Forum. As I step down, Sharon Kelley has
graciously agreed to take on the editor role. Sharon has been a member of the
editorial board of the Forum, and has been a valuable author and contributor
over the years. It has been such a privilege to guide this newsletter for ATSA
and its members, and I am perhaps most thankful for the opportunity to meet so
many members I may otherwise not have had the chance to get to know. I am
especially grateful to the editorial board, including Deirdre D’Orazio, Katie
Gotch, Sharon Kelley, David Prescott and Becky Palmer for making my job so easy
and fun. I would also like to express my gratitude to Maia Christopher, the
ATSA board members (past and present), and the office staff who have all been
so welcoming, generous, supportive, and helpful over the years. Thank-you ATSA!
Please join me in welcoming Sharon Kelley as your
new ATSA Forum editor.
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor