ATSA Forum - Vol. XXIX, No. 3
Summer 2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regular Features
 Editor's Note
 President's Message
 Is pornography use safe for those convicted of a sexual offence?
Featured Articles
 Prosocial Treatment Methods for Juveniles Who Sexually Offended
 The Relationship between Implicit and Explicit Evaluations of Sexual Aggression and Sexually Aggressive Behavior
 Child pornography offenders: Profiles of a complex group
Students' Voice
 Processes Accounting for the Covariation Between Hypersexual and Psychopathic Traits
Book Review
 Treatment of High-Risk Sexual Offenders: An Integrated Approach
 Changing The Journal Name
 Apply for the ATSA Fellow for 2017
 2017 Election
 ATSA International Committee: An introduction
 2017 ATSA Conference: Exhibit and Support Opportunities
 Win a Free Conference Registration
 New ATSA Conference Event
 Keeping up with the news
 Legislative update
 New ATSA Members

President's Message

by Michael Miner, ATSA President 2016-2017

Well, summer has come to the Upper Midwest, with temperatures here in Minneapolis forecast to approach 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  There is something ironic about that, given decisions made here in the United States over the last couple of days.  The last few months have been a busy time for ATSA and the Board.  We had our Spring Board meeting in early May in Kansas City, the site of October’s Annual Meeting.  I hope that all of you are able to attend.  Along with a great program taking shape, Kansas City is home to amazing barbeque and is known for its music scene. 

One of the major accomplishments since my last column is the release of the Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior.  They are currently available on the ATSA webpage and are a must read for anyone who works with adolescents.   I discussed some of the changes and controversies in these guidelines in my last column, where I also acknowledged members of the committee who drafted these guidelines.  It is exciting to finally have them available.  Promulgation of new guidelines and adoption of innovations and changes are complex processes that impact multiple systems, especially in our field with the inter-related and interactive involvement of courts, criminal justice agencies, corrections, and mental health professionals.  We have learned a lot about adolescent males who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior over the last 10 to 15 years.  We know less about females and special populations.  These guidelines are meant to provide treatment professionals with processes and procedures which are empirically informed and/or validated.  As our field advances, changes in such processes and procedures are inevitable, and we are challenged to change our practices to accommodate these changes.

Our collaboration with GIFR on the ATSA Master Classes continues, with a large array of classes currently available.  This collaboration is allowing us to meet our obligation to members by providing education and training besides our annual meeting.  It also provides ATSA with another funding stream, helping us to become less reliant on income from the annual meeting and membership dues.  Concerns have been expressed regarding the impact of these classes on Chapter meetings, as well as on our Annual Meeting.  This is something the Board has been aware of and concerned about from the start of this collaboration, and we will monitor it moving forward.  However, it is important that ATSA keep up with the evolving education and training environment, and have an on-line training presence.

The other major decision made by the Board in May was to accept the recommendation of our journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Seto, and change the name of our journal from Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment to Sexual Abuse.  Dropping the tag line brings the journal title more in line with its broader mission, to expand content to include public policy, prevention, and victim advocacy.  This expanded content is obvious from reading the journal and is a tribute to Michael Seto and to the leadership of the previous Editor-in-Chief, James Cantor, as well as the Associate Editors and the Editorial Board.  You probably won’t see much evidence of the name change for a while.

I informed you in an earlier column of a grant that ATSA received from the United State Department of Justice, SMART Office.  You’ll recall that ATSA received funding to implement treatment guidelines and to evaluate the impact of such guidelines.  Unfortunately, we have decided to decline the funds from the SMART Office.  This decision was due to an impasse between ATSA and the Justice Department regarding limitations on consultant daily fees.     

Finally, for those members in the United States.  I was made aware this morning, that the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would change the Federal laws regarding production of child pornography to include behaviors that would capture children who engage in sexting behavior and would impose a minimum required sentence of 15 years in prison for such behavior.  Called the “Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017”, this bill is another overreach by the United States and fails to consider what is normal adolescent behavior and how a reasonable adult should respond to the risky, and sometimes harmful, behavior of children.  I would encourage all of my US colleagues to contact their Senators and implore them to oppose the “Protecting against Child Exploitation Act of 2017” because it protects no one and abuses the very children it claims to want to protect.

Thanks to you all for being members of ATSA.  I hope you have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Kansas City this fall.

Michael Miner