ATSA Forum - Vol. XXX, No. 4
Fall 2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regular Features
 Editor's Note
 President's Message
 Is there such thing as “sexual harm” or is it always Abuse or Trauma?
Featured Articles
 Moving beyond the “sex offender” dialogue:
How ATSA members can promote person-first language

 Pros and Cons of Manualized Approaches to Sexual Abuse Specific Treatment:
Experiences of Programs in Kansas & Oregon

 The Clinical Practice Corner: Juvenile Practice
 The ATSA Adult Clinical Practice Committee
Students' Voice
 The ATSA Student Experience:
A Personal Anecdote on Attending the Conference and Joining the Student Committee

Book Reviews
 Two by Jeglic and Calkins
 The Safer Society
Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended

 2018 ATSA Conference Events
 Public Engagement Event
 Welcome Incoming Board Members
 2018 ATSA Awards
 New ATSA Members

Editor's Note

by Heather Moulden, Forum Editor

For many of us Fall is a time of new starts – a mix of returning to the comfort of routine and familiar combined with the hope and excitement of embarking on new endeavours. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I invite you to read on and check out the stimulating and informative articles we have for you in this issue of the Forum.

There has been a movement across the field to be more thoughtful and deliberate about our language and the terms we use to refer to those with whom we work. It occurred to me that despite refraining from describing clients as “sex offenders” in my clinical work, I continued to use the term in research writing until more recently. Change is hard, but surprisingly, less hard than one would expect, when its the right thing to do.  Gwenda Willis and Elizabeth Letourneau share their insights, experiences and suggestions for ATSA members with respect to new language and the meaning attached.

Our other feature article shares critical reflection on manualized treatment, and the political/fiscal factors that influence decisions regarding treatment implementation in two states. The authors provide descriptions of how each program/state attempted to integrate the manuals into their practice, the outcomes of the experience, and the pros and con of manualized treatment.

Our committee updates come from two complimentary pieces authored by the chairs of the Juvenile and Adult Clinical Practice Committees to introduce a new regular feature in the Forum. The Clinical Corner will be a column devoted to clinical practice issues and ideas, with alternating contributions from each clinical committee. Both committees have long identified the importance of a dedicated newsletter space addressing treatment, assessment and management exclusively. Read on to learn more about it, and please look for the Clinical Corner column in your upcoming issues of the Forum.

As the conference approaches, many ATSA members are anticipating the many benefits of attending the meeting and related events. But for our students, especially those new to the field,  these rewards may be a little abstract or unknown altogether. Thankfully, Carissa Toop from the Student Committee can provide some insight as she shares her experiences becoming involved with ATSA. This is a great article to share with non-member students, and student members alike. It provides an orientation to the many wonderful student focused offerings at the conference and also the value of becoming involved with the organization.

David Prescott and Becky Palmer have included not one, not two, but three book reviews for your reading pleasure, with excellent suggestions for additions to your bookshelf. And finally, Danielle Harris kindly answered our FAQ on the use of the term “sexual harm” in this issue.

Please send me your comments, suggestion, ideas and articles. Enjoy the conference and Vancouver!

Heather M. Moulden
ATSA Forum Editor