Washington Association for 
the Treatment of Sexual Abusers



Upcoming events

    • Fri, March 01, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Sun, March 03, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Suncadia Resort
    • 20

    Join us for the 2019 WATSA Annual Spring Conference at Suncadia


    Friday March 1st 1:15PM - 5:30PM

    Thomas Graves, Ph.D., LPC.

    Brain Impairment and Illegal Sexual Behavior.


    Intellectual and developmental disability, brain injury, and mental health problems are overrepresented in offender populations, complicating assessment, treatment, and supervision efforts.  In this session, we will identify how compromised brain function affects the individual’s development and can contribute to sexual offending behaviors. We will explore specialized risk and needs assessments, and review specific strategies to more effectively treat, supervise, and support such individuals. We will recognize the sometimes conflicting viewpoints and goals of clinicians, criminal justice, supporting agencies, families, and the individuals themselves, and the value of these perspectives in risk management and reduction. Attendees will gain an improved ability to recognize impairments in those you serve, the extent to which these impairments directly or indirectly contribute to his offending, and options for crafting your response.

    Saturday March 2nd 9:00AM - 5:30PM

    Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., LCSW.

    Trauma-Informed Practice in Treatment Programs for Sexual Offending.


    Research clearly indicates that as the number of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) increases, the risk of a wide range of health, mental health, and behavioral problems in adulthood also increases in a robust and cumulative fashion. Trauma-informed practitioners recognize the role of early adversity in the development of sexually abusive and criminal behavior. Maladaptive coping and thinking that result from child maltreatment and family dysfunction can distort one’s view of self, others, and the world. By exploring and understanding addiction, violence, and criminal behavior through the lens of early trauma, clinicians can infuse trauma-informed practices into existing evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions.


    • Become informed about cross-disciplinary research describing the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development, including criminality and sexual deviance.
    • Define SAMSHA principles of trauma-informed care and components of trauma-informed practices.
    • Conceptualize SOTX goals and dynamic risk factors through the lens of trauma.
    • Describe a new strengths-based relational approach in the context of risk-needs-responsivity principles of correctional rehabilitation. 
    • Focus on risk reduction through improvements in functioning related to accountability, self-regulation, empathy, relationship skills and cognitive schema

    Sunday March 3rd 9:00AM - Noon

    Solving Ethical Problems in Sex Offender Evaluation, Treatment, and Management.

    Panel Members includeMichael O’Connell, Ph.D., MSW; Thomas M. Graves, Ph.D., LPC; Megan Carter, Psy. D., ABPP, and Amy Muth, Attorney at Law.


    WATSA prefers that you register and pay on-line.   We have provided a copy of the REGISTRATION FORM if you want to register by mail or fax and then pay by check.  If you want to register  using the paper form and pay with a credit card please contact Maureen Saylor for details regarding how to do this.


    Registration Fees Include:  Admission to all sessions; access to all handouts; dinner on Friday night; lunch on Saturday and a Continental Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, as well as the opportunity to network with colleagues! Coffee, tea & other beverages will be provided for scheduled breaks for all conference attendees.



    SUNCADIA RESORT: The reserved room block is full. The Best Western- Snowcap Lodge in Cle Elum (1-800-562-2582) may have rooms available.

    You are responsible for obtaining your own room registration.  Call as soon as possible, there are a limited number of rooms available at Suncadia Resort  

    Call the reservation number (866-904-6300) during business hours:

    Mon – Fri            8am – 6pm

    Sat – Sun           9am – 5pm

    If you call outside of the business hours you may not be able to book with the special rate. Be sure to identify you are reserving for the WATSA conference.  (Please call us if you have problems obtaining a room.)

    Room Rates: 

    Deluxe guest room - $129.00    One bedroom suites - $169.00

    Cancellation Policy

    There will be a $50.00 fee charged for each cancellation. There will be no refunds after February 18, 2019 or for “no shows”.  Substitutions will be allowed.

    Want to Register as a Group?  

    Single agencies registering three or more participants will receive a $10.00 per person discount. All group registrants must submit paper registration forms and make a payment in the same envelope (or in one electronic payment) and  provide registration forms together to be eligible for this group discount.  Please use a separate  registration form for each person.

    WATSA is continuing to be green this year, and will make conference handouts available for download from our website. Check back at the website approximately 1-2  weeks prior to the conference.


    Have more questions? Contact our Conference Chair:

    Maureen Saylor, RNMA 

    3516 So. 47th. St., Suite 201

    Tacoma WA. 98409

    Phone: (253) 475-0326 Cell:  (253) 312-3961

    Fax:     (253) 475-0328

    Email:   msaylor@msn.com


    • Fri, April 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD

    April General Meeting

    TopicOrganizing Law Enforcement’s Compelling Voice to End the Registration of Children

    Discussants: Det. Bob Shilling (retired)

    Bob is a 36.5 year veteran of the Seattle Police Department where he led the Sex and Kidnapping Offender Detail for 21 years. He served on the Board of Directors of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) for 5 years, and he is an ATSA Fellow. Bob spent the last three years of his career as the Head of Crimes against Children for INTERPOL in Lyon, France. Under Bob's leadership, his team and network of investigators physically rescued 5,420 victims of sexual abuse through victim identification techniques on child abuse images circulated on the Internet and Darknet. That was more victims rescued in three years than the previous nine years combined. Bob is a 2017 recipient of the ATSA Significant Contribution Award. He is now retired.

    Location:  TBD

    • Fri, May 31, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sat, June 01, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Manson (Chelan), Washington
    Registration is closed
    2019 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat 

    Location & Accommodations: 
    MountainView Lodge
    25 Wapato Point Parkway
    Manson, WA 98831



Past events

Fri, February 15, 2019 February 2019 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, January 18, 2019 January 2019 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, November 16, 2018 November 2018 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, September 21, 2018 September 2018 General WATSA Meeting
Mon, August 13, 2018 Static-99R Booster Session: Changes in Coding Rules and Summary of Recent Research
Fri, June 08, 2018 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat 2018
Fri, May 18, 2018 May General Meeting
Tue, May 08, 2018 Sex Offender Management Conference
Wed, April 11, 2018 Static-99R/Stable-2007/Acute-2007 Training
Fri, April 06, 2018 Chaperone Training
Fri, March 16, 2018 March 2018 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, February 23, 2018 2018 Annual WATSA Conference
Fri, January 19, 2018 January 2018 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, December 01, 2017 VRAG 2.0 Training
Fri, November 17, 2017 November 2017 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, September 15, 2017 September 2017 WATSA Monthly Meeting
Fri, May 19, 2017 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat 2017
Fri, April 21, 2017 April 2017 General Meeting - Canceled
Fri, March 17, 2017 March 2017 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, January 20, 2017 January 2017 General Meeting & ELECTION!!
Fri, October 21, 2016 October 2016 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, October 14, 2016 One day training - Incorporating DBT Skills Training into SO Treatment
Fri, September 16, 2016 September 2016 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, June 03, 2016 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat 2016
Fri, May 20, 2016 May 2016 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, April 15, 2016 April 2016 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, March 04, 2016 2016 Annual WATSA Conference
Fri, February 19, 2016 February 2016 General WATSA Meeting
Fri, January 15, 2016 January 2016 General Meeting & ELECTION!!
Fri, November 20, 2015 November 2015 General Meeting
Fri, September 18, 2015 September 2015 WATSA Monthly Meeting
Fri, June 12, 2015 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat 2015
Fri, May 15, 2015 May 2015 WATSA Monthly Meeting
Fri, April 17, 2015 April 2015 WATSA Monthly Meeting
Fri, March 06, 2015 2015 Annual WATSA Conference
Fri, February 20, 2015 February 2015 WATSA Monthly Meeting
Fri, January 16, 2015 January General Meeting & ELECTION!!
Fri, October 03, 2014 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat
Fri, September 19, 2014 WATSA General Monthly Meeting
Fri, June 20, 2014 June General Meeting
Fri, May 16, 2014 May General Meeting
Mon, May 12, 2014 One-Day training by Michael Seto, Ph.D.
Fri, April 18, 2014 April General Meeting
Fri, March 21, 2014 March General Meeting
Fri, January 17, 2014 January General Meeting
Fri, January 17, 2014 WATSA General Elections
Fri, December 20, 2013 NO December Meeting
Fri, November 15, 2013 November General Meeting
Fri, October 18, 2013 NO October Meeting
Fri, October 04, 2013 Roger Wolfe Memorial Retreat
Fri, September 20, 2013 September General Meeting
Wed, July 24, 2013 Idaho Chapter Annual Conference
Fri, June 21, 2013 June General Meeting
Fri, May 17, 2013 May General Meeting
Wed, May 01, 2013 Static-99R/Stable-2007/Acute-2007 Training
Fri, April 19, 2013 April General Meeting
Sun, April 14, 2013 NOFSW Annual Conference
Fri, March 15, 2013 March General Meeting
Fri, March 08, 2013 KCSARC Spring 2013 Professional Development Series
Sat, February 23, 2013 Alternative Lodging Options for 2013 Conference
Fri, February 22, 2013 2013 Annual WATSA Conference
Fri, January 18, 2013 January General Meeting
Fri, December 21, 2012 December Holiday Break
Fri, November 16, 2012 November General Meeting
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