The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers has a long history of recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the field of sexual abuse and whose work and mission has impacted those affected by sexual abuse. Periodically the Association reviews the process and award categories in an effort to ensure that the categories, award criteria and process are streamlined and reflect the diversity of contributions to the field. 

In recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the field of sexual abuse, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is pleased to acknowledge individuals whose work and mission has impacted those affected by sexual abuse.

Thank you for submitting your nomination. It is quite likely that your nominee and their accomplishments are well known in the local, national or international community. However, please assume that the Awards Committee is unfamiliar with the nominee and provide sufficient detail to warrant their being selected for this prestigious award.

Grants and Awards

The ATSA Lifetime Significant Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual who, over the course of their career, has made an important contribution within the field of sexual abuse. This award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the state of knowledge the field of sexual abuse; the reduction or prevention of sexual abuse; or the development of initiatives or programs to assist abusers or victim/survivors. The award is presented to an individual whose career work and dedication has significantly influenced or impacted advancements in the field while promoting the safety and well being of those affected by sexual abuse and the larger community.The recipient of this award should be an individual:

 

  • Whose contribution has enhanced the knowledge base in the field of sexual abuse;
  • Whose influence has been exerted through leadership including as an innovator, a teacher/mentor, theorist, spokesperson, or as a developer of public policy regarding sexual abuse; and,
  • Whose work has contributed to enhanced community safety and wellness.

Award Recipient Year   Award Recipient Year
Keith Kaufman, Ph.D. 2016   Howard Barbaree, Ph.D. 2000
Robert McGrath, M.A. 2015   William D. Murphy, Ph.D. 1999
David L. Burton, Ph.D. 2014   Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D. / Robert A. Prentky, Ph.D. 1998
Arthur Gordon, Ph.D. 2011   Anna Salter, Ph.D. 1997
Ray Blanchard, Ph.D. 2010   James Breiling, Ph.D. 1996
Anthony R. Beech, D.Phil. 2009   Janice Marques, Ph.D. 1995
Jan Hindman, M.S. 2008   Vernon L. Quinsey, Ph.D. 1994
James L. Haaven, M.A. 2007   William L. Marshall, Ph.D. 1993
David Thornton, Ph.D. 2005   Judith V. Becker, Ph. D. 1992
David Finkelhor, Ph.D. 2004   Gene G. Abel, M.D. 1991
Stephen Hudson, Ph.D. / Tony Ward, Ph.D. 2003   William D. Pithers, Ph.D. 1990
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. 2002   D. Richard Laws, PH.D. / Lucy Berliner, M.S.W 1989
Fran Henry, M.B.A . 2001   Kurt Freund, M.D. 1988
         

The Distinguished Contribution Award is designed to recognize an individual who has made a notable contribution within the field of sexual abuse.  The award is open to all disciplines and areas of the field of sexual abuse and honors an individual who has:

  • demonstrated excellent and innovative clinical skills that have engaged clients in the process of change and advanced the state of sex offender treatment or
  • made outstanding contributions in serving the community through dedicating their time, energy, knowledge and skills to support/facilitate community safety and abuse prevention or
  • through the press, television or film has advanced the public understanding of relevant issues regarding sexual abuse and offending, as well as the role of effective treatment in risk management  or
  • had significant impact on the growth and development of professionals in the field through mentoring and clinical guidance to others or
  • promoted advances in the effective management of sex offenders through other avenues, disciplines, etc.
Award Recipient Year   Award Recipient Year
Det. Robert A. Shilling, A.A., ATSAF      2017   Leo P. Cotter, Ph.D. 2016
David S. Prescott, L.I.C.S.W. 2014   Nicole Pittman, J.D. 2013
Madeline Carter,  MSCJA 2007   Alisa Klein, MAIPS                        2005
Eligiblity

Members and non-members of ATSA are eligible for this award. Members of the Awards Committee and the ATSA Board of Directors shall be ineligible for nomination.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations must be made by an ATSA member.

Nominations should be submitted to Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D., Awards Committee Chair at awards@atsa.com 

Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018

Lifetime achievement nominations should include a detailed description of at least 3 of 5 areas below, as well as the nominee's current CV. Please also insure that a second letter of support for this nomination is also included.

1. How has the nominee's research and publications contributed to the knowledge in our field?

2. If the nominee is also a treatment provider or other service provider in the assessment and/or treatment of abusers, what significant contributions have they made to the evolution of best practices in evaluation and treatment?

3. How has the nominee's research contributed to informing  policy analyses or evidence-based policy development?

4. How has the nominee played a role in advocating for evidenced-based policy, practices, or human rights and social justice as it pertains to people who have abused?

5. How has the nominee contributed service to the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, at the national, regional, state, and/or local levels?

The Distinguished Achievement Award should include a detailed description of at least  one of the following areas below. Please note that we ask that you provide detailed information that truly highlights the nominee’s contribution in one or more of the areas listed as your words will be used to highlight his/her contribution at the conference and the reason the nominee is receiving the award. Please also include a copy of the nominee’s current CV. Please also insure that a second letter of support for this nomination is also included.

  1. How has the nominee demonstrated excellent and innovative clinical skills that have engaged clients in the process of change and advanced the state of sex offender treatment ?
  2. What outstanding contributions has the nominee made in serving the community through dedicating their time, energy, knowledge and skills to support/facilitate community safety and abuse prevention?
  3. How has the nominee advanced the public understanding of relevant issues related to sexual abuse and offending as well as effective treatment and risk management through the press, television or film?
  4. What significant impact has the nominee had on the growth and development of professionals in the field through mentoring and clinical guidance to others?
  5. In what ways has the nominee promoted advances in the effective management of sex offenders through other avenues, disciplines?

 

Decision and Presentation

The Awards Committee will review the nominees and make recommendations to the ATSA Board of Directors, who will vote on the presentation of the Award to the most appropriate and deserving nominee. The recipient will be informed and the award will be presented as part of the conference program at the ATSA Annual Research and Treatment Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 17 – 20, 2018.

Award

Lifetime Significant Achievement Award

  • Recipient would receive an award figurine with inscription.
  • Recipient will have expenses paid to the conference Air fare (comparable to a roundtrip ticket within North America), a maximum of five (5) nights lodging in the Conference headquarters hotel, Conference Registration). The recipient will also receive tickets to the Speaker Event and Student Reception.

Distinguished Contribution Award

  • Recipient will receive a plaque or award figurine recognition with inscription.
  • Assistance to attend conference including conference fee waived, assistance with hotel and assistance with air fare. The recipient will also receive tickets to the Speaker Event and Student Reception.

 

The Gail Burns-Smith Award  recognizes people who have made significant contributions to preventing sexual violence through their work to facilitate effective partnerships between advocates working on behalf of victims and survivors and those working in the area of sex offender management and treatment. This award, named in honor of Gail Burns-Smith, a visionary woman who expanded the thinking and actions of two previously disconnected groups of professionals, is intended to ensure that this important collaboration is continued and expanded by other forward-thinking leaders. The award is jointly sponsored by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), two organizations with similar missions and goals; honored to carry on the mission and vision of Gail Burns-Smith.

  1. Submit a biographical sketch/resume of the nominee.
  2. Describe the personal and professional qualities the nominee brings to their work or efforts and how they exemplify Gail’s efforts to facilitate effective partnerships between advocates working on behalf of victims/survivors and those working in the area of sex offender management and treatment.
  3. Include at least two letters of support in addition to the nomination letter. At least one of the letters must come from an individual outside the nominee's workplace (e.g. agency, organization, department, institution, practice).
  4. Nominations must be submitted electronically to awards@atsa.com 

Nominate a candidate for the Gail Burns-Smith Award

Click here to learn more about Past Award Winners.

The Faye Honey Knopp Scholarship serves as an opportunity for its recipient to have his/her ATSA conference fee waived.  This scholarship is nontransferable. This scholarship does not provide funding for research projects. For those seeking research funding opportunities, please see options available through the Research Committee tab on the ATSA website.   In requesting this  scholarship, please provide a current copy of your CV and a letter of support about your receiving the scholarship, including impact on your work in the field of sexual abuse.  In your letter requesting the scholarship, it is suggested that the information include

  1. What current work you are doing in the field of sexual abuse (e.g. researcher, therapist, program development, advocacy, etc).
  2. How attending the ATSA conference will contribute to your professional development and inform your future work.
  3. Scholarship requests should be submitted to Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D., Awards Committee Chair at awards@atsa.com .
  4. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.

 

Graduate Student Award is presented to a graduate level researcher completed whose research pertains to either sexual abusers or sexual abuse victims/survivors. The award winner will be selected by a panel of distinguished researchers who have produced some of the seminal work in this field. ATSA has developed this awards program with the intent of attracting research excellence to the assessment and treatment of individuals perpetrating or affected by sexual abuse.


Pre-Doctoral Research Grant This year, ATSA will provide funding for grants designated as student research. The total amount of grant monies available is $15,000. Applications requesting any amount up to this limit will be considered. More than one application can be funded until the full $15,000 has been awarded.

The ATSA Awards and Grants are not necessarily awarded annually. Each year the recipients will be chosen based on the number of and quality of submissions.

A complete description of the awards, the criteria and the nomination procedure can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links above.

2018 Call for Abstracts