|by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor|
For many of us Fall is a time of new starts –
a mix of returning to the comfort of routine and familiar combined with the
hope and excitement of embarking on new endeavours. I hope you all had a
wonderful summer and I invite you to read on and check out the stimulating and
informative articles we have for you in this issue of the Forum.
There has been a movement across the field to
be more thoughtful and deliberate about our language and the terms we use to
refer to those with whom we work. It occurred to me that despite refraining
from describing clients as “sex offenders” in my clinical work, I continued to
use the term in research writing until more recently. Change is hard, but
surprisingly, less hard than one would expect, when its the right thing to
do. Gwenda Willis and Elizabeth Letourneau
share their insights, experiences and suggestions for ATSA members with respect
to new language and the meaning attached.
Our other feature article shares critical
reflection on manualized treatment, and the political/fiscal factors that
influence decisions regarding treatment implementation in two states. The
authors provide descriptions of how each program/state attempted to integrate
the manuals into their practice, the outcomes of the experience, and the pros
and con of manualized treatment.
Our committee updates come from two
complimentary pieces authored by the chairs of the Juvenile and Adult Clinical
Practice Committees to introduce a new regular feature in the Forum. The Clinical Corner will be a column devoted
to clinical practice issues and ideas, with alternating contributions from each
clinical committee. Both committees have long identified the importance of a dedicated
newsletter space addressing treatment, assessment and management exclusively.
Read on to learn more about it, and please look for the Clinical Corner column in your upcoming issues of the Forum.
As the conference approaches, many ATSA
members are anticipating the many benefits of attending the meeting and related
events. But for our students, especially those new to the field, these rewards may be a little abstract or
unknown altogether. Thankfully, Carissa Toop from the Student Committee can
provide some insight as she shares her experiences becoming involved with ATSA.
This is a great article to share with non-member students, and student members
alike. It provides an orientation to the many wonderful student focused
offerings at the conference and also the value of becoming involved with the
David Prescott and Becky Palmer have included
not one, not two, but three book reviews for your reading pleasure, with
excellent suggestions for additions to your bookshelf. And finally, Danielle
Harris kindly answered our FAQ on the use of the term “sexual harm” in this
send me your comments, suggestion, ideas and articles. Enjoy the conference and
Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor