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.
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By President Tracy Tholin, LCPC, LSOTP, LSOE
Dear ATSA colleagues and friends,
I hope that this message finds you well and that during this time of daily, and sometimes hourly adjustments, you are finding ways to thrive. I know that many of you are continuing to provide services – whether by maintaining in-person services in a secure facility or by dipping your toes in the realms of video therapy for outpatient therapy or probation services.
During this time of uncertainty, I am pleased to share some positive news. Although we had to cancel our spring conference and May training, the ILATSA board alongside SOMB have been working to find innovative ways to continue to provide affordable and high quality training opportunities for our evaluators, treatment providers and colleagues in probation and parole.
With the assistance of the ATSA national office, we are pleased to announce an online web-based ROSAC (Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children) assessment training presented by Robert McGrath on Thursday June 25, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4 pm (Central time). Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own manual; a $20 fee (plus EventBrite fees) for 6.5 CEU’s applies. More information can be found at the link below.
Additional trainings are also tentatively scheduled for the remainder of the year. Because we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and state guidelines, we are not yet formally opening registration for these trainings. We will keep you updated on the status of the following training opportunities:
Dr. Dawn Plufgradt is scheduled to join us for a Static-99r (1st day) and Stable (2nd day) training in Palatine, IL. We are currently exploring dates in August and September in order to proceed with this training. As with previous trainings on these assessment tools, participant numbers will be limited.
Dr. Sharon Kelley is scheduled to present a two-day training on the VRS:SO (Violence Risk Scale Sexual Offense Version assessment tool on Thursday September 24 and Friday September 25, 2020 at Heartland Community College.
Finally, prior to this year’s conference the board compiled a “2019 ILATSA Year in Review” which also highlighted our plans for 2020. I am pleased to be able to present that video here. Please be kind about the video editing as I have not suddenly become a world-renowned director in my spare time!
On a personal note, I hope you are finding time for leisure and self-reflection as well – whether it be through reading, journaling, exercising, TV binge-watching, video calls with family and friends or other activities.
Please stay safe and well,
The link to the ROSAC Training Registration can be found HERE
The link to “2019 ILATSA Year in Review” can be found here: HERE
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