ATSA Forum - Vol. XXIX, No. 4
Fall 2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regular Features
 Editor's Note
 President's Message
FAQ
 Why is Juvenile Polygraph Not Recommended by ATSA?
Featured Articles
 Responding to Problematic Technology Use:
Creating a Therapeutic Toolbox

 Looking After Ourselves and Each Other
 Utilizing Recreation Therapy as Part of the Treatment Model
 Understanding and Preventing Adolescent Pedophilia TEDMED Talk
 Step One of Cultural Competency Addressing Privilege & Power
Students' Voice
 Assessment of Deviant Preferences Using Novel Behavioral Assessment Procedures
 A Studentís Guide to the ATSA 2017 Conference
Book Review
 RNR Principles in Practice In the Management and Treatment of Sexual Abusers
ATSA News
 2017 ATSA Conference Events
 Preventing Harmful Sexual Behaviors in Youth: An Infographic from the ATSA Prevention Committee
 Welcome Incoming Board Members
 2017 ATSA Awards
 ATSA Professional Code of Ethics 2017 Revisions and Additions
 New ATSA Members


President's Message

by Michael Miner, ATSA President 2016-2017


As summer fades into fall, the ATSA staff is preparing for the Annual Research and Treatment Conference, this year in Kansas City, Missouri.  The conference committee, co-chaired by Amanda Faniff and Marc Schlosberg, has put together what promises to be an engaging and enlightening program.  Plenary speakers included Patty Wetterling, who is always inspiring and provides an astonishing perspective given her personal loss.  On Saturday, Pamela Mojia from the Berkeley Media Study Group and Nicole Pittman from the Center on Youth Registration Reform discuss their on-going work designed to shift the public narrative around prevention of sexual offending.  In addition, there are the usual range of pre-conference workshops and concurrent session with speakers both familiar and new. Following up on last year’s successful pre-conference workshop aimed specifically for researchers, Tony Beech will lead an interactive workshop, “Challenges and Debates in Risk Assessment: Moving the Field Forward or Not?”  Our theme, Creating Balance, highlights the many competing interests, orientations, and perspectives that must be balanced in moving the mission of ATSA forward and making this a better world for everyone.

There are a number of new things at this year’s conference.  For the first time, continuing medical education credits will be offered.  There are also some exciting new activities.  The day before the conference, all conference attendees are invited to participate in a Giving Back to our host community by joining ATSA staff and other colleagues in volunteering at Sunflower House, an organization that assists children who have been physically and sexually abused.  We will be performing a range of services, so there should be a project for everyone’s interests.  Also new this year is the Public Policy Reception, which provides an informal gathering for those interested in ATSA’s public policy activities and influencing public policy.   I hope to see all of you there.

ATSA’s Board has moved forward with the implementation of our strategic plan, with all committees developing goals and objectives for the next year.  We had some changes on the Board.  Andy Harris and Pamela Yates resigned their positions.  So, we welcome Katie Gotch as the Public Policy Chair and Anita Schlank as the Adult Clinical Representative.

A final important initiative that the Board has been working on is the development of a funds development plan.  The Board has adopted a plan that provides a framework for developing a more diverse set of funding streams and looking for mechanism for philanthropic giving.  More information will be forthcoming as this plan takes shape and more specific activities are designed.

In closing, I hope to see you all in Kansas City this October.  I thank you all for supporting ATSA and its mission, and I applaud all the important work you do every day to prevent sexual abuse.



Michael Miner