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
 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
 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

2017 ATSA Awards

In recognition of researchers and clinicians who have made significant contributions to our mission and to the prevention of sexual violence through research, treatment, and management, the ATSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year’s award recipients.


Lifetime Significant Achievement Awards

ATSA is proud to present Grant Harris, Ph.D. and Marnie Rice, Ph.D. with posthumous Lifetime Significant Achievement Awards.

Grant Harris (1950–2014) and Marnie Rice (1948–2015) were pioneers in the development and evaluation of sex offender treatment programs, appraising the risk of sexual and violent re-offending, the assessment of sexual preferences, and developing theories to explain sexual offending. In terms of the criteria for the award, they made important contributions to the state of knowledge of sexual abuse, the reduction or prevention of sexual abuse, and the development of programs to assist abusers.

Gail Burns–Smith Award

Patty Wetterling

Patty Wetterling is a nationally recognized educator on the issues of child abduction and sexual exploitation of children. Patty and her husband Jerry, co–founded the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) to educate communities about child safety issues in order to prevent child exploitation and abductions. Patty co–founded and is past Director of Team H.O.P.E. a national support group for families of missing children. She is also a founding member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO). She has also co–authored a book, “When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide,” along with four other families. For nearly 27 years Patty has been a visible spokesperson effective public policy and importance of keeping hope alive.  

Distinguished Contribution Award

Ret. Det. Robert A. Shilling, A.A., ATSA-F  

Detective Bob Shilling is known internationally for his expertise in tracking down individuals who have sexually abused children. He has written or co–authored numerous laws to help protect children and has become one of the world’s most sought– after experts in catching individuals who sexually offend against children. For the majority of his 32–year career, he has served in the Seattle Police Department's Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. During that time, he was invited by Interpol to serve a special three– year assignment beginning in 2012 to lead their Crimes Against Children Group, the first time in Interpol history that a municipal–level police detective and an American has filled this highly distinguished position. In that role, he coordinated efforts for the agency’s 190 member countries and implemented best practices globally. He continues to work with the Seattle Police Department and consult with Interpol. “My passport is very full," the 61–year– old grandfather of three says of his travels to France, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., Italy, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the island of Mallorca, all on Interpol business.


2017 Student Awards Recipients

Graduate Research Award
Lesleigh Pullman, Ph.D. Candidate
Differences between Biological and Sociolegal Incest Offenders: A Meta-Analysis

Pre-Doctoral Research Grant
Maddison Schiafo, M.A.
Personality, Decision-Making, and Sexually Coercive Behaviors among College Students

Pre-Doctoral Research Grant
Natalie Germann, Ph.D. Student
Sexual Violence Prevention: The Development an Integrative Psychometric Tool to Evaluate Outcomes of Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Programmes in High-School Populations

Pre-Doctoral Research Grant
Nicole Graham, M.S.
Examining the Use of Hebephilia and Paraphilia Non-Consent in Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Evaluations