Call for presentations

Dear Colleagues, 

We’re happy to announce that at the moment we are planning to have the 25th Annual MnATSA Conference in person from April 20-22, 2022 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.  

We appreciate the feedback we received from the poll. The majority who answered want an in-person conference but with appropriate precautions.  Please check www.mnatsa.org periodically for any updates or changes. We are prepared to pivot to a virtual conference if the “twists and turns” of Covid dictate a change. Covid has taught us flexibility if nothing else!

MnATSA is excited to have keynotes by Meghan Fagundes on Trauma Therapy Approaches, Drew Kingston on Current Perspectives on Paraphilic Disorders and Sexual Offending, and Tyffani Dent on Race, Power, and Privilege. 

Presenters on Wednesday, April 20, will include full day workshops with James Worling (Profesor Training), Brian Heinsohn (Stable 2007/Acute Certification), and Bud Ballinger (Targeting Dynamic Risk Factors in Treatment). Additionally, for those new to the field, there will be a full day workshop on understanding, assessing, and treating individuals who commit sexual offenses presented by experts in the field.

Wednesday will also include half day workshops by Joan Tabachnick (Prevention), Susan Pavlak & Gil Gustafson (Uncommon Conversations in Restorative Justice), Jane Fleishman (Sexuality), Kymberleigh Wilhelmy (Race Issues in Treatment), Amber Lindeman & Tim Carey (Psychology and Law), Lauren Herbert (Risk Assessments), Philip Danford (Sex Offenders and Technology), Ron Ricci & Cheryl Clayton (EMDR with sex offenders), and Pat Johnson (Brainspotting).

The registration brochure and information will be sent via e-mail in early January and registration will begin on January 12, 2022.  There is no early registration. 

If you are interested in presenting, the MnATSA conference committee is open to a broad range of presentation topics related to the assessment, treatment, and management of individuals who commit sexual offenses. 

Topics of interest include:

     General: resistance, juvenile treatment, empathy, cultural awareness, attachment issues, coping skills for clients, criminogenic needs, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and race, power, and privilege issues.  

     Working with Difficult Issues: trauma, psychopathy, mental illness, exclusive-type pedophilia, and developmental disabilities.

    Third Wave of CBT: mindfulness, meditation, ACT, and EMDR. 

     Community Supervision: Circles of support and accountability (COSA), agent safety, offender reintegration, collaboration between supervision agents and treatment providers, and advanced motivational interviewing.

     Technology: monitoring software, social media, pros and cons of restricted internet access sexting, polygraph pros and cons, and virtual therapy.

     Health and Wellness: Burnout, coping with vicarious traumatization, and building morale.

Submissions must be received by 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Please e-mail your completed “Presentation Proposal” form to 4mnatsa@gmail.com.  The “Presentation Proposal” form is attached and is also available for download at www.mnatsa.org.  If you have any other questions regarding the conference you may contact 4mnatsa@gmail.com or one of the conference co-chairs: Elizabeth Griffin at elizgrif@gmail.com

Angela Kroening Johnson at angela.kroeningjohnson@pubdef.state.mn.us 

Jannine Hebert at jannine.hebert@state.mn.us.

Presenters will be notified of the conference committee’s decision of presenters by late November.

The Lead Presenter from each workshop will receive a 50% discount on their conference registration fee. There is no other compensation or reimbursement. Co-presenters must pay the full conference fee if they plan to attend workshops other than their own.

To have your proposal considered and to apply for continuing education credits, it is imperative that MnATSA receive all requested information on the “Presentation Proposal” form by Friday, October 22, 2021.

Note: if you are using Word 2010 or 2013 a yellow bar may show up on the form. If so, “enable editing”.

We hope you are willing to share your knowledge as a presenter and look forward to your involvement in the 2022 MnATSA Conference.  

Sincerely,

The 2022 MnATSA Conference Committee

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