02-IMG_3095MnATSA has held a successful annual conference every year since 1997.  Keynote speakers have included Kevin Creeden, Pamela Yates, Stephen Wormith, Elizabeth Letourneau, Ogi Ogas, Jackson Katz, Cordelia Anderson, Bill Marshall, Michael Miner, Lawrence Ellerby, Joan Tabachnick, Jill Levenson, Patty Wetterling, Liam Marshall, Janis Wolak and David Finkelhor.  Preconference workshops have provided Static-99R, Stable-2007 and Acute-2007 certification as well as training on an array of topics relevant to sex offender treatment providers, community supervision agents, attorneys, victims services representatives, and anyone invested in reducing sex offender recidivism.


In addition to our annual conference MnATSA sponsors various training throughout the state.  Please see below for upcoming MnATSA sponsored training.






Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

It is that time again – a call for presentations for the 22nd Annual MnATSA Conference, which will be held on April 11-13, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

MnATSA values and appreciates professionals in the field sharing their talents and knowledge. If you are interested in presenting a 90-minute workshop on Thursday or Friday at the conference, please submit presentation proposals that reflect application of clinical and/or research insights related to the field of sexual abuse. Topic ideas are listed below.

MnATSA is excited to have keynotes by Sharon Cooper on how on-line images linger long after sexual abuse, by S. Bear Bergman on five questions people always want to ask transgenders, and by James Cantor on the public’s response to his brain research on pedophilia.

Full day pre-conference presenters on Wednesday, April 11, will include James Cantor screening the movie I, Pedophile followed by discussion; S. Bear Bergman on challenges therapists or professionals face in the work they do; Sharon Cooper on pornography and sex education for the developing brain; and Paul Rodriguez with the Static Training and Certification. Half-day presentations on Wednesday include Ian McPhail on desistance, and on assessment and treatment of pedohebephilic interest; Elizabeth Griffin on clinical supervision; Sharon Pollreis-Gottschalk and Melissa Schoeberl on clients with developmental and cognitive impairments; Marie Clark on juvenile treatment; Robyn Wheeler on the impact of brain injury on our approach to the treatment process; and Mike Schommer on probation collaboration with treatment. There will also be half-day panel presentations on defining consent differently, sexual assault and the process of investigation, and domestic violence and sexual assault.

The registration brochure and information will be sent via e-mail in early January and registration will begin on January 11, 2018. There is no early registration.

The MnATSA conference committee is open to a broad range of presentation topics, including, but not limited to: treatment, working with difficult issues and/or clients, current research, community supervision concerns, public policy concerns and impact, technology uses and challenges in work with sex offenders, and therapist support.

Some examples of topics include:

General: Working with resistance; juvenile treatment; working with emotions: empathy, shame and guilt, incorporating cultural awareness; attachment issues; the role of fantasies in treatment; coping skills for clients; incorporating family work; treatment planning that targets criminogenic needs; an offender panel sharing their successes and what treatment interventions were helpful; collaboration between treatment and supervision agents.

Working with difficult issues and/or clients: Clients with trauma, psychopathic clients, mentally ill offenders, treating exclusive-type pedophilia, offenders with developmental disabilities.

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

Victim-centered: Restorative justice, do’s and don’ts interviewing victims, offender-victim reconciliation.

Technology: Evaluation of monitoring software, what brain imaging has to teach us about sex offending, social media, the impact on social support systems when internet access is restricted, sexting, polygraph pros and cons.

Support: Burnout, increasing team morale, how to inoculate yourself against vicarious traumatization.

Submissions must be received by October 9, 2017. Please e-mail your completed “Presentation Proposal” form to Abstracts should be no longer than one typed page. The “Presentation Proposal” form can be downloaded HERE.  If you have any other questions regarding the conference you may contact or either of the conference co-chairs: Brenda Frye at or Kevin Nelson at

Presenters and/or Lead Presenters will be notified of the program committee’s decision by early November 2017.

The Lead Presenter from each workshop will receive a 50% discount on their conference registration fee. Co-presenters must pay the full conference fee if they plan to attend other workshops. If MnATSA receives your handout master by March 26, 2018, your handouts will be printed for you. There is no other compensation or reimbursement. If you are a presenter and plan to attend the conference, you will need to register.

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 October 9, 2017.

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

We look forward to your involvement in the 2018 MnATSA Conference.


The 2018 MnATSA Conference Committee

Proposal Form



The 22nd annual MnATSA conference will be held April 11-13, 2018 at the Minneapolis

Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN.



 2017 MnATSA Conference Reception Sponsors




Conference Photos



Future Conference Dates

  • April 11-13, 2018
  • April 10-12, 2019
  • April 22-24, 2020
  • April 21-23, 2021