ATSA Forum - Vol. XXI, No. 4
Fall 2009  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
 Editor's Note
 President's Message
 In Memoriam: Gail Burns-Smith
 Deconstructing Deviance: They’re all deviant except for you and me, and I’m not so sure about you
 iVigilante? Public Disclosure and New Technology
 Everywhere It Matters:
Working at the State Level to Influence Public Policy

 The Established (but still evolving) Internship at the Shiloh Program
 Vicarious Trauma: What are the protective measures?
 The Interactive Self Management Plan:
Picking Up Where Programs Leave Off

 Book Review: Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook
 Book Review: The Other Side of Desire
 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
 Board of Directors Election Results
 New ATSA Members
 Paid Advertisement: The GEO Group

President's Message

Dear ATSA Colleagues:

The Executive Board of Directors has had a very productive summer. As you will recall from earlier updates to the membership, ATSA’s board and Strategic Planning Committee have worked to put together a five-year plan that can guide our organization and help ATSA prioritize its many activities. The Executive Board of Directors has given its preliminary approval to the mission statement below. I am including this for your interest and any reflections you may have. The board will vote on the final five-year plan at our upcoming meeting in Dallas. I am grateful to our Strategic Planning Committee Co-chairs Joan Tabachnick and Lawrence Ellerby, and to Executive Director Maia Christopher for their endless hard work and very substantive contributions to this update.

To ensure a strong five-year plan to guide the association, we established a comprehensive strategic planning process. We surveyed ATSA members and asked to tell us what they valued about current membership benefits and services, their opinion on future directions and priorities for ATSA, and asked how ATSA can better help and support them in the challenges and opportunities they face in their work.  We also surveyed non-member stakeholders interested and involved in sexual abuse prevention and asked what membership benefits and services would be important to them should they consider ATSA membership, the type of impact they believed ATSA services had on policies and procedures influencing the prevention, treatment, and management of sexual abuse, what future services might entice them to become ATSA members, and what have been the obstacles to them becoming members. 

We interviewed key individuals (e.g., past ATSA Presidents, longstanding members, partner organizations) about their thoughts about ATSA and the field of sexual violence past, present and future.  We surveyed the ATSA Board of Directors asking board members to identify what they viewed as current and future priorities.  We also surveyed the ATSA office staff (Kelly McGrath, Sarah Gorter, Camille Keith, and, of course, our Public Policy Consultant Alisa Klein), who are well aware of the association’s mission, are involved in its day to day operation, and are the people who keep the association running. After key themes emerged, the Board of Directors participated in a day-long Strategic Planning meeting.  All these steps ultimately culminated in the mission statement below, as well as statements about vision, shared values, and core principles of the organization.

The enormous task of synthesizing, analyzing, integrating and organizing all this data fell to the Strategic Planning Committee who did an extraordinary job. We would like to give our sincere thanks to David D'Amora, Robin Goldman, Keith Kaufman, Elizabeth Letourneau, Chris Newlin, Steve Sawyer, and Elizabeth Schatzel-Murphy. Your willingness to share your knowledge and/or vision about Strategic Planning, the wonderful discussions and exchange of ideas, and the extraordinary thoughtfulness, time and dedication you have put into this process has been amazing and is deeply appreciated. Here is the mission statement:

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.

As all members know, ATSA is an association of individuals from around the world committed to achieving a high level of professional excellence.  As part of the strategic planning process, we also have worked to develop carefully articulated statements regarding ATSA’s vision and shared values and beliefs, as well as prioritizing key goals across the next five years. The ATSA board will vote on this plan at our autumn meeting in Dallas.

We’ll keep you informed!


David S. Prescott
ATSA President