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.
The first MnATSA planning meeting was held in early 1995 and the chapter was formally established in August 1995. Founding Board members were Janis Bremer, Jan Amberson, Bill Crew, Alan Listiak, Dave Compton, and Steve Sawyer. MnATSA has held a successful annual conference every year since 1997 and has sponsored a number of specialized training seminars, including a basic training program for professionals on sex offender assessment and treatment.
In 2001, MnATSA produced an informational video on sexual abusers and treatment of sexual abusers. The video was distributed to libraries throughout the state. In addition to these activities, MnATSA was instrumental in starting a child sexual abuse prevention program, Stop It Now, Minnesota. MnATSA has also provided support to Minnesota non-profit organizations that share the mission and goals of MnATSA.
MnATSA serves as an information portal on sexual abuse prevention and intervention for professional colleagues, policy makers and the public throughout the state.