ATSA Membership Benefits & Requirements

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The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse. The organization has over twenty-eight hundred members from all fifty states, and eighteen other countries.

As a voluntary membership organization, ATSA does not credential its members or certify any individual's fitness to provide services. ATSA recommends that questions about a member's credentials be directed to the appropriate professional licensing department or agency in the member's state or region.

Benefits of ATSA membership include:

  • Affiliation with an international association which strives to improve techniques for the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders
  • Complimentary set of the ATSA Standards and Guidelines and Professional Code of Ethics
  • Increased opportunity to access and exchange ideas with other treatment specialists and allied professionals
  • Opportunity to participate in the ATSA chapter in your state/region/province
  • Participation in ATSA’s standing and/or ad hoc committees*
  • Involvement in clinical discussions, case consults and networking through the members only email discussion group, the ATSAlist*
  • Subscription to ATSA’s official journal, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment*
  • Access to the full twenty-five year archive of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment*
  • Access to SAGE’s online criminology journal collection, which contains twenty-five journals, including the top ranking Child Maltreatment, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse*
  • Subscription to the quarterly newsletter, The Forum
  • Registration discounts for ATSA’s Annual Research and Treatment Conference, as well as ATSA sponsored regional conferences

    *Membership benefit not available to Affiliate Members



ATSA Membership Requirements and Application Procedure

 

Clinical Membership Requirements
Persons with a master's degree or above, in the behavioral or social sciences, who have engaged in a minimum of 2000 hours providing direct clinical services (assessment, individual and/or group treatment) to individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior.

Research Membership Requirements
Persons with a master's degree or above, in the behavioral or social sciences, who have engaged in a minimum of 2000 hours of conducting research specific to investigating issues related to sexual offending behavior.

Research and Clinical Membership Requirements
Persons with a master's degree or above, in the behavioral or social sciences, who have engaged in a minimum of 2000 hours of conducting research specific to investigating issues related to sexual offending behavior and 2000 hours providing direct clinical services to individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior.

Professional Membership Requirements
Persons who have engaged in a minimum of 2000 hours of work specifically related to sexual abuse prevention or to the management of individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior. (No degree requirements.)

Clinical Associate Membership Requirements

  1. Persons with a master's degree or above, in the behavioral or social sciences, who have engaged for less than 2000 hours in direct behavioral research of sexual offending behavior and/or has provided direct clinical services to individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior; or
  2. Persons with a bachelor's degree or equivalent, in the behavioral or social sciences, who have engaged in direct research of and/or provided direct clinical services to individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior; or
  3. Persons who are employed on a full time basis of at least 40 hours per week in a position that provides direct clinical services to individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior.
     

Research Associate Membership Requirements
Persons who have engaged in research on sexual offending behavior, but have done so for less than 2000 hours. 

Application Procedure for above categories:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable application processing fee of $35.00 (required at time of application).
  • If professionally licensed, the applicant must provide verification from the licensing board. If online verification is available, ATSA will obtain the verification and no action is required by the applicant.
  • If not professionally licensed, one letter of reference from a supervisor or colleague is required.
  • Annual dues are $180.00.

Affiliate Membership Requirements
Persons who are currently working on a full-time basis for at least 40 hours per week either in a related area (such as the treatment of sexually abused children, adult victim/survivors of sexual abuse, or non-offending spouses) or in a non-clinical capacity such as the criminal justice system. Individuals involved in clinical practice, providing assessment and treatment services, and/or those individuals involved in conducting research related to sexually offending behavior, who qualify for a higher membership category, are not eligible for membership in the affiliate category.

Application Procedure for Affiliate Membership:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable application processing fee of $35.00 (required at time of application).
  • If professionally licensed, the applicant must provide verification from the licensing board. If online verification is available, ATSA will obtain the verification and no action is required by the applicant.
  • If not professionally licensed, one letter of reference from a supervisor or colleague is required.
  • Annual dues are $35.00.
  • *Affiliate members do not receive the ATSA journal or listserve, and cannot participate in committees.

Student Membership Requirements
Persons who are currently registered as at least a half-time student in an accredited college or university in pursuit of a career related to the study or treatment of sexually offending behavior. Verification of student status is required when submitting application.

Application Procedure for Student Membership:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable application processing fee of $35.00 (required at time of application).
  • Current academic transcript (unofficial is fine).
  • One letter of recommendation from your academic or field supervisor.
  • Verification of student status, if not reflected on transcript or in reference letter.

Applying for Membership

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. We have two ways to apply for ATSA membership: the Word Document version or the online application.

Contact membership@atsa.com if you have any questions about the application process, or call the office at (503) 643-1023.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of ATSA!

 

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