The Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers owes an enormous debt to Patty Wetterling. It would have been easy for her to become bitter and jump on the bandwagon of demonizing all sex offenders. Instead she did what is hard. She saw beyond her own pain and saw beyond exacting displaced revenge against the nearest perpetrators. She has been a frequent presenter at our conferences and a believer in treatment and prevention.
It is with great sadness that we learned that the mystery of Jacob’s whereabouts is now clear and he will not be coming home. Our hearts go out to our colleague and inspiration Patty and her family.
2017 MnATSA conference
The 21st annual MnATSA conference will be held April 19-21, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. We’re excited to have keynotes with Robin Wilson on conveying all our knowledge and expertise to others (media, courts, etc); Antonia Lassar presenting Post Traumatic Super Delightful; and David Hingsburger on sex and cognitively challenged offenders.
Full day pre-con presenters on April 19 will be Robin Wilson on court testifying and writing assessments for courts; David Hingsburger on intellectually disabled offenders; Phil Rich on juveniles; and Elizabeth Griffin and David Delmonico on digital deviance. Half-day presentations on Wednesday include Michael Miner on treating pedophilia; Frances Williams on trauma informed care; Tom Edwards and Mike Cheney on working with challenging clients; Mary Kenning, Pamela Freske and others with a panel on ethics code and situations; Leslie Barfknecht and Ernest Marshall on Advanced Motivational Interviewing; the MN Autism Society with a basic primer plus a more advanced session teaching techniques for working with adults and juveniles with ASD; Katie Wheeler and others on cultural diversity; and Diane Neal and Katie Holmgren showing Pervert Park and moderating a discussion on it.
Thursday and Friday workshops will be decided by early December. We need presentation proposals by October 18. Please see the abstract submission form on the conference page.
News & Reminders
October 17, 2016 – NEW
Training offered MnATSA at the Duluth Institute in Duluth, MN.
August 23, 2016 – NEW
Call for Presentations for the 21t annual MnATSA conference.
March 28, 2016
Residency Restrictions for Sexual Offenders in Minnesota: False Perceptions for Community Safety.
March 10, 2016
See photos from the 2015 Conference