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Effective treatment of people who are at risk to sexually offend as well as those who have sexually offended is key to preventing future victimization and making society safer. ATSA supports the use of research-based and evidence-informed treatment known to reduce the likelihood of someone sexually offending. ATSA encourages those involved in addressing the problem of sexual abuse to adopt practices consistent with the best available evidence, and to adapt their approaches as new research and data emerge.

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ATSA Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Male Adult Sexual Abusers (2014)
ATSA Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Treatment, and Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior (2017)

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Practice Guidelines are designed to assist practitioners to provide quality treatment services by recommending clinical practices that reflect the best available knowledge. In acknowledgement of that ongoing research is necessary to support definitive standards or mandates, these guidelines are offered as recommended "best practices" and are designed as a companion resource to the ATSA Professional Code of Ethics (2017). The emipirical framework of these documents are based on the Risk-Need-Responsivity priniciples as follows:

  • Risk: Treatment services are provided at a level of service and security that is commensurate with the client's assessed risk of recidivism.
  • Need: Treatment interventions are focused primarily on research supported dynamic risk factors that are linked to recidivism in the community.
  • Responsivity: Treatment interventions are based on models with empirical support for change and are delivered in a manner that takes into account the client's individual factors (such as personal strengths, developmental stage, education and motivation.

The ATSA Practice Guidelines are offered to ATSA members to assist them in performing their professional duties to help client's lead satisfying and law biding lives and contribute to community safety. The guidelines will help practitioners protect their clients and the public against unethical, incompetent or unprofessional practices.

The ATSA Practice Guidelines for adults and for adolescents and the companion document, the ATSA Code of Ethics, are available for purchase.

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To download a free PDF copy of the Professional Code of Ethics and learn more please visit the ATSA Code of Ethics page.