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


Editor's Note

Well, summer is almost over and we are rapidly approaching “Conference Time”. This is a particularly exciting time of the year for me, and I hope you are also feeling the anticipation. For those of you who have already decided to attend, I hope this issue of The Forum will help put you in the right headspace. For those of you who have decided not to attend, or who are still sitting on the fence, let me say that the sorts of issues raised in this edition of The Forum are of the sort and caliber that you will experience—in person—in Dallas. From theoretical issues to suggestions for best practice to social and public policy, the Annual Research and Treatment Conference will cover it all. In The Forum this quarter, we also have a wide variety of issues and perspectives to consider. I hope it gets you in the mood…

We unfortunately start off this issue on a sad note. Gail Burns-Smith—a pioneer of collaborations between offender and victims’ services—died earlier this month. David D’Amora and Suzanne Brown-McBride offer some touching thoughts on her life and accomplishments.

In keeping with The Forum’s dedication to presenting timely issues, I frequently lurk on the list-serve, as a means to see who’s got opinions about what. Recently, Thomas Graves had some interesting things to say about the nature of sexual deviance. He presents his expanded thoughts in this issue. Sexual deviance is much on the mind of many in our society, especially the public and the popular media. In our next article, Kieran McCartan reports some surprising developments regarding sexual offender registration and hand-held technology in the information age. Both Tom’s and Kieran’s articles touch on the very real difficulties many offenders and practitioners face in regard to public policy. Also, in this issue, ATSA’s public policy consultant Alisa Klein begins what she promises will be an ongoing series on public policy efforts throughout the various State Chapters and other regions where ATSA members are hard at work impacting our business. Illinois and Vermont get us started.

In this issue, we have lots of student-driven material. While at this summer’s NYSATSA conference, I had the opportunity to talk with many NY members about their work. In speaking with Kay Jackson, I was interested in her program model and its strong focus on knowledge sharing with up and coming clinicians. In fact, I was mostly intrigued by the fact that she was constantly surrounded by interns throughout the conference, so much so that I asked her to get them to tell us about their experience. Also, on the student front, Martin Lalumière maintains his supremacy as the “supervisor most likely to get his students to submit something to The Forum”. Annabree Fairweather and Gillian Kennedy of the University of Lethbridge provide a review of Daniel Bergner’s book The Other Side of Desire.

Also, in this issue, AUDIOphilia saxophonist Barry Anechiarico (who, all shameless band-promotion aside, is also a clinician with over three decades of experience working with sexual offenders) writes about vicarious trauma in those working with offenders. Jordan Hanley of Vancouver shares his model of constructing Interactive Self-Management Plans with offenders in treatment. Last, Geraldine Akerman gives us her thoughts on a new book on assessment and treatment edited by Tony Beech, Leam Craig, and Kevin Browne.

Enjoy your Fall 2009 edition of The Forum. I hope to see many of you in Dallas! Feel free to track me down and give me your thoughts about The Forum, as well as any ideas you might have for contributions.


Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP