ATSA Forum - Vol. XXVII, No. 2
Spring 2015  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regular Features
 Editor's Note
 President's Message
Featured Articles
 Applying the Self-Regulation Model to Community Supervision
 How to develop good public understanding of child sexual abuse and its management.
 International Membership Survey Results
 Protective Factors for Sexually Violent Offending
Students' Voice
 Online Sexual Offenders’ Implicit Theories
Book Review
 Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy
ATSA Forum Survey
 ATSA Forum Newsletter Readership Survey
 Call for Board Nominees
 Awards & Grants
 Ethics Violation
 New ATSA Members
 Safer Society Press

Editor's Note

by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

Spring has sprung! (well, almost). I know for many of you these seasonal observations are less interesting, but where I come from, and after a very cold winter,melting snow, singing birds, and a little extra sunlight goes a long way.Spring is a time of looking forward, fresh ideas, and renewal. This issue of the Forum explores these themes in the domains of research, clinical and policy – presenting us with new applications of important clinical theory, and innovative ideas about how we practice.

Kieran McCartan shares the transcript from the most recent online debate associated with the Leverhulme Trust funded international network on "Community engagement and partnership working with sex offenders”. In this second online forum participants explored the topic of developing good public understanding of child sexual abuse and its management. The exchange reminds us that beyond research, assessment and treatment, we have a responsibility to both our clients and the community to bridge the knowledge gap in order to facilitate community reintegration.

Two contributions in this issue apply established theories to new populations or settings. In the student piece, Sarah Paquette and her co-authors explore the implicit theories of individuals who have committed online sexual crimes, such as pornography or luring offences. Their research demonstrates convergent evidence of many familiar implicit theories, but also helps us understand distinctive cognitive factors that contribute to this specific expression of sexual aggression. Nicholas Honyara and his colleagues provide a practical perspective on applying the Self-Regulation Model to community supervision and risk management. 

Carmen Gress and Chris Lobanov-Rostovksy share the report from the ATSA international membership survey. International (non-US) members represent approximately 10% of the ATSA membership. The survey describes this group’s membership, their needs, and identifies objectives and recommendations specific to international members moving forward, such as the standing international committee.

On an international note, Michiel de Vries Robbé from the Netherlands provides a summary of the SAJRT special issue on protective factors in the assessment of risk for sexual aggression. Although our colleagues in the juvenile realm have attended to protective or desistance factors for a long time, research and assessment tools specific to protective factors for adults is relatively new. From an empirical perspective models that help explain the interaction between vulnerability/risk and protection make an important contribution to theories of underlying cause and reoffending. Clinically, increasing attention to protective factors is promising for both treatment innovation and risk management, and dovetails with positive approaches to our work with individuals who have engaged in sexual aggression.

You will notice a request to complete a very brief readership survey about the Forum. Please take a few moments to answer questions about your experience of the Forum and suggestions for changes or enhancements to the newsletter. Here is a link to the brief survey. It will only take a few minutes and will be very helpful in guiding future issues of the Forum.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget to share your nominations for Awards and the Executive Board. Please contact me with your articles, ideas, and feedback.

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor