Vol. 34, Issue 3
Summer 2022
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In This Issue
Farewell Letter to Maia
Editor's Column
ATSA Presidentís Column
Alcohol, Consent Education, and Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Opportunities for Prevention?
Bestiality and its Relevance in Psychosexual Evaluations
Treating Anxious Teens in an Anxious World
Examining the Dark Sides of Psychedelic Therapy
How to Treat Youths who have Committed Sexual Offenses
Child and Adolescent Committee
Membership Committee
Membership Coordinator for ATSA
Cybersex Unplugged: Finding Sexual Health in an Electronic World
Weston Edwards, David Delmonico,and Elizabeth Griffin
2011 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 212 pages
ISBN-13:978-1453626450 $22.95 via Amazon (paperback)
The Correctional Helicopter: How and Why Correctional Agencies Fail to Rehabilitate Offenders
Richard J. Parker, Ph.D.
2022 Tellwell Talent 266 pages
ISBN-13 978-0228873235 Hardcover: $21.38 (Amazon)
Gregg Belle, Ph.D. of Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Welcome ATSA's newest members
2022 ATSA CONFERENCE: October 26 - 29
ATSA Fellow Applications Open
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ATSA Forum Editor:
Sharon Kelley, Psy.D.

Managing Editor:
Tegan Waring, B.A.

Editoral Board Members:
Katherine Gotch, M.A., LPC
Deirdre M. D'Orazio, Ph.D.
Rosaura Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Editor of Research Corner:
Ian McPhail, Ph.D.

Review Editor:
Becky Palmer, M.S.

Book Reviewers:
Shoshanna Must, Ph.D.
Robert Parham, M.A.
Jim Reynolds, Ph.D.
Tracy Tholin, LCPC, LSOTP

Contact the editor or submit articles to:

Sharon Kelley, Psy.D.
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center
Madison, WI, United States
E: sharonmkelley@gmail.com
P: 608-301-1478
ATSA Presidentís Column
Tyffani Dent, PhD

The Courage and Importance In The “Why”

Within the work that we do, we are constantly asking “why”. We ask our clients about the harm that they have caused and why they did so. We ask the “why” of the measures we use to determine risk for reoffending (or not). We ask the “why” in the ways that rational approaches to re-entry and sentencing happens.

We ask “why’ in situations where, the very asking of the question, we run the risk of having others question our humanity or sensitivity to the needs of those who are harmed. Yet, we are asking “why” because we are trying to figure it out. We are trying to determine what needs to happen to prevent further sexual harm. We ask the “why” because we truly are trying to “Make Society Safer”.

In the recent Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, she was questioned about having the audacity to ask “why” when it came to sentencing guidelines for someone convicted of possessing child porn images. In her asking the “why” her goal was to make sense of what she stated was “to calculate the guideline but also look at various aspects of this offense and impose a sentence that is ‘sufficient but not greater than necessary’ to promote the purposes of punishment.”

There is courage required in asking the “why” when addressing the understandable emotion related to sexual harm. It is also necessary to do so. If we are truly seeking to engage in effective practices to treat those who have caused sexual harm, we must ask the “why” related to whether or not what we are doing works for the specific population with whom we are implementing that approach. We must ask the “why” is the research we are using to inform our work and our assessment measures are really useful and provide the information that we claim that they do. We must ask the “why” in “why” we are doing this work. Even in those moments when some of us have had to face reoffending happening, we also ask ourselves the sometimes (heart-wrenching) “why” as we evaluate our own work and whether we missed something.

As we continue to do this difficult and often misunderstood work, may we begin to recognize the importance and the audacity of never forgetting to embody “why”.

Tyffani Monford Dent, PsyD
ATSA President 

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