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.

The following are ATSA’s major activities directed toward supporting effective practice.

The Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Male Adult Sexual Abusers, also known by the short title ATSA Adult Practice Guidelines is available to ATSA Members as a PDF in the members only section.

Anyone can order the Practice Guidelines by completing the online order form. Both hard copy booklets and PDF versions are available through the order form.

Download the ATSA Adult Practice Guidelines table of contents.

The ATSA Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior, also known by the short title ATSA Adolescent Practice Guidelines is available to ATSA Members as a PDF in the members only section.

Anyone can order the Practice Guidelines by completing the online order form. Both hard copy booklets and PDF versions are available through the order form.

Download the ATSA Adolescent Practice Guidelines table of contents.


Supplemental Documents:

APPENDIX: 2017 ATSA Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Treatment, and Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior

This appendix is intended to supplement the adolescent practice guidelines that ATSA published in 2017. The guidelines intentionally did not include references or a bibliography, but it is nonetheless useful to have a sense or overview of the research and theory that informed their development. This should provide better understanding of the recommendations and practice advice.

Informational Brief: The Use of the Polygraph with Juveniles Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior

To download a free PDF copy of the Professional Code of Ethics and learn more please visit the ATSA Code of Ethics page.
To download and learn more about the Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problem's Report click here.

Download Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities Who Exhibit Sexual Problems or Offending Behaviors (2015) for more information about assessing and treating adolescents with intellectual disabilities.

Download Assessment, Treatment, and Supervision of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Problematic Sexual Behaviors (2014) for more information on working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.