Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

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The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) is a non-profit organization for the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment. The association was incorporated in 1984 and has its headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, United States.[1]


ATSA is an international organization focused specifically on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders.[2]

It is a professional membership association for clinicians working with and treating sexual abusers with local state chapters around the nation,[3] and seeks to address increasing clinical competencies among members.[4]

ATSA holds annual conferences, and various research findings have been presented at ATSA conferences both before and after their appearance in peer-reviewed journals.[5]


The official, peer reviewed journal of ATSA is Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment (SAJRT).[6]

According to the Institute for Scientific Information, the journal's 2007 impact factor was 1.64, and it ranked 4th out of the 29 journals tracked in criminology and penology. The journal was first published under the title Annals of Sex Research.

ATSA also publishes a newsletter called The Forum.

See also


  1. Prescott, David. "An Overview of ATSA's History". ASTA. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. "Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers". ATSA. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. Prentky, Robert A., Gabriel, Adeena M., and Coward, Anna I., (2009), Sexual Offenders, Chapter 16, pp. 1063-1092, in Thomas and Herson, eds, Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies, Springer Science and Business Media, LLC, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-387-09756-5
  6. Sage Publications - Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Retrieved 12 March 2013

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