The Illinois Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is the Illinois Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, which is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.
ATSA is an association of individuals from around the world committed to achieving a high level of professional excellence. ATSA promotes the philosophy that empirically based assessment, practice, management, and policy strategies will: enhance community safety, reduce sexual recidivism, protect victims and vulnerable populations, transform the lives of those caught in the web of sexual violence, and illuminate paths to prevent sexual abuse.
By President Jeff Reynolds, Ph.D., LCPC
President’s Message. November 2018
Hello fellow Illinois ATSA members and colleagues. This is most likely the last President’s Message that I will be writing. My term as the president of ILATSA ends on 12/31/2018. I am very excited to announce that Tracy Tholin will be taking over on 01/01/2019. Tracy has been an active member of the board for several years and I am confident that ILATSA will continue to grow and thrive under her leadership. Joining Tracy as an officer on the board will be Michelle Evans as the Vice President/President Elect. I would like to thank all of my fellow board members and all of the members of ILATSA for the support they have provided me over the past two years as president. I will be remaining on the ILATSA board and look forward to continuing my relationship with everyone as we work to support our members and provide educational opportunities for everyone.
As we move into the new year, we are starting to finalize preparations for our annual conference at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove on March 21st and 22nd. We are thrilled to have Dr. James Worling and Dr. Angela Eke as our keynote speakers this year. Dr. Worling will be presenting on the most recent research on risk assessment and treatment of juveniles while Dr. Eke will be presenting on online offending behavior and risk assessments of online offenders. We will also have several breakout sessions that address other areas of sexual offender treatment, assessment and supervision. We are still accepting proposals for those who want to present on emerging research or treatment innovations! Registration for the conference is also open! Please visit www.ilatsa.org to submit a program proposal or to register for the conference.
In addition to our already scheduled conference, we are working on developing other training opportunities for our members and others in the field. Right now, we are working to provide a STATIC-99R training sometime in the late summer or early fall 2019. We would like to do this somewhere in the Springfield, Bloomington/Normal or Champaign/Urbana area. Please keep an eye on the website for future announcements concerning this program.
Again, I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as the ILATSA President for the past two years. I look forward to being able to continue with the board and am excited about the direction our organization is going. Remember, if you are a member of ATSA, you are a member of ILATSA. If you are not a member of ATSA, I urge you to visit www.atsa.com to learn about the advantages of being an ATSA member and to apply for membership.
I hope everyone has a great holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all in March.
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