The Minnesota Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MnATSA) is the state chapter of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).  ATSA is a non-profit interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment.  An international organization, ATSA holds a membership of more than 2,100 professionals committed to the prevention of sexual assault through effective management of sex offenders.

The state chapter is organized to acknowledge and promote the national and international programs of ATSA and advance education, research, and professional intervention regarding sexual abuse issues in the state of Minnesota.


March 27, 2020
Dear MnATSA colleagues and members,

It is with great sadness, we have made the decision to cancel the MnATSA 2020 Conference. This is premature to our April 3rd meeting; however, with the recent statement from the Governor about “Stay at Home” it is in our best interest to look ahead to the MnATSA Conference April 21-23, 2021. We are grateful for your patience in this uncertain time. The MnATSA organization is strong and we hope to continue with our goals of providing quality trainings and networking in the future!

A few logistics:

  • If you have maintained your registration for the conference, you will be issued a refund in the coming weeks.
  • If you made a hotel reservation, you are responsible for cancelling that reservation.

As this news settles in and we finalize the details to cancel speakers and exhibitors I will be sending an email to announce the Scholarship, Grant and Recognition award recipients as well as Board changes. We hope to recognize them at the conference next year!

Please stay well,
Amber M. Lindeman, Psy.D., L.P.
MnATSA President on behalf of the Board of Directors



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Residency Restrictions

On December 11, 2018, Hennepin County Judge Susan Robiner issued an important ruling regarding residency restrictions for individuals who have sexually offended. The ruling only applies to Dayton, Minnesota, but it has statewide implications.  The Minnesota Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MnATSA) believes Judge Robiner’s ruling is responsible and well-reasoned.  The efficacy of residency restrictions has been extensively researched, resulting in ATSA’s position, that the trend of local or state residency laws, broadly and indiscriminately applied to those who have sexually offended are unwarranted and do not contribute to public safety.


MnATSA members live and work in our communities and share common goals for community safety. MnATSA believes that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) responsibly apply current research and best practices to the treatment and management of individuals who have sexually offended. When implementing carefully considered judicial orders, DHS and DOC professionals capably work to integrate unique client needs with appropriate levels of community supervision to help ensure that carefully screened, eligible individuals return successfully to the community.  Public safety remains the top priority.