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. October, 2017
Hello fellow Illinois ATSA members and colleagues. I hope everyone had a fun, safe and enjoyable summer. As we head into fall, I wanted to give everyone an update on what the ILATSA board has been doing and what we have planned. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding concerning the webinars this summer. Due to unforeseeable and unfortunate circumstances, our “Human Trafficking” webinar presenter was unable to present her program on the specified date. That webinar is now available on the Global Institute for Forensic Research’s website and a free month’s subscription was made available to everyone who signed up for that program. Thankfully, the presentations from Glen Ensigner and Nikki Hernandez went well and we appreciate the time they gave us for those webinars. We are all looking forward to Rhonda Meacham’s “Effective Use of the Polygraph” presentation in December. As a board, we are going to be re-evaluating how best to use our resources in the future to bring the best trainings to the most people we can.
The national ATSA conference in Kansas City is just around the corner at the end of October. For all of you who are going, I believe we will be able to use the ATSA Conference App to connect with one another. Perhaps we can get together for coffee in the morning or a different beverage at the end of the day. Speaking of conferences, we are now just a little over six months away from the ILATSA Conference at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove on March 15 & 16, 2018. While six months seems like a long time (especially as it includes winter), the ILATSA board has been hard at work planning the program and arranging for presenters. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Andrew Harris and Dr. Ryan Shields will provide our keynote addresses and continuing trainings and presentations throughout the conference. We will be opening registration for the conference in a couple of months. In addition, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in presenting a breakout session to submit proposals to ILATSA. Check the “conference” tab on our website for information on how to submit your proposal.
Finally, I would like to make another appeal for anyone interested in joining the ILATSA board of directors to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently we have a small, but energetic group of people on the board. We welcome anyone who would like to work with us as we try to provide helpful information and training to all of our members.
CURRENT REQUEST FOR NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS!
ILATSA is currently seeking newsletter submissions! If you have a story about how you implemented something that you learned from the webinars, or an interesting resource that you would like to review, we would love to hear about it. Please submit to: Illinoisemail@example.com