Washington Association for 
the Treatment of Sexual Abusers



Upcoming events

    • Fri, January 19, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Steilacoom, WA

    WATSA holds our annual elections at the January general meeting.  The positions open this year are:

    Two general board positions

    Eastern WA rep


    The Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (WATSA) presents Bob Shilling. 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.

    Discussion Leader:  Det. Bob Shilling (Retired)


    Steilacoom Town Hall Building

    1717 Lafayette Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388

    Directions I-5 South:

    Follow I-5 S to Gravelly Lake Dr SW in Lakewood.

    Take exit 124 (Gravelly Lake Dr SW.) from I-5 S

    Turn right onto Gravelly Lake Dr SW 

    Turn left onto Washington Blvd SW 

    Continue straight onto Military Rd SW

    Continue onto Old Military Rd

    Continue onto Stevens St

    Turn left onto Worthington St

    Continue onto Garfield St

    Continue onto Main St

    Turn left onto Lafayette St

    Destination will be on the right

    Directions I-5 North:

    Take exit 119 for Steilacoom toward Dupont Rd

    Turn left onto Dupont-Steilacoom Rd  

    Turn right to stay on Dupont-Steilacoom Rd

    Continue onto Union Ave

    Turn right onto Lafayette St

    Destination will be on the left



    2 hr Off street parking available along Lafeyette St.


    You may park in our visitor paid Visitor Parking to the left of the Ferry Dock on Union Ave.

    Cost: $8

    • Fri, February 23, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, February 25, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Resort Semiahmoo, Blaine, WA
    • 77

    Join us for the 2018 WATSA Annual Spring Conference
    at Resort Semiahmoo


     Click  HERE  for the agenda of the weekend conference

    This year's presenters and topics include:    

    Friday 2/23/2018

    Presenter   Angela Eke Ph.D.

    Topic:         Individuals Involved with Child Sexual Exploitation Material

    Description of presentation:

    This session will focus on individuals involved with child sexual exploitation material. It will include a discussion about online and collecting behaviors, tying this information into individual assessment and the evaluation of risk to reoffend. As part of this session there will be a review and update on the Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT) and the related Correlates of Admission of Sexual Interest in Children (CASIC) scale.

    Saturday 2/24/2018

    Presenter - Franca Cortoni Ph.D. C.Psych.

    Topic:         Women Who Sexually Offend -  Assessment, Treatment & Management

    Description of presentation:

    Women who sexually offend constitute a small yet significant proportion of all sexual offenders. In recent years, increased empirical attention has focused on this special subgroup of sexual offenders and has revealed a number of gender-specific issues related to female offending. As such, female sexual offenders require gender-informed assessment, treatment, and management practices.

    This presentation will provide a review of the current knowledge in the area of risk of recidivism, assessment, and treatment needs of women who sexually offend, and provide directions for their assessment and treatment. First, the proportion of sexual offenders who are women will be reviewed. Second, the recidivism rates and related risk factors of female sexual offenders will be presented and the implications for risk assessment discussed. Third, the latest research findings on the factors related to sexually offending behavior in women will be presented. Finally, gender-relevant treatment approaches will be detailed. As needed, a contrast and comparison between male and female offenders will be provided.

    Sunday 2/25/2018

    Presenters:  Richard Packard and Michael O'Connell MSW, Ph.D.


    Description of Presentation:

    For most of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the dominant set of ideas and beliefs about crime and sexual offending have largely revolved around moral, biological, and behavioral perspectives. Societal responses have largely mirrored these notions and have included punishment, ostracism, behavior therapy, and medical interventions including both physical and “chemical” castration as well as other medications. Yet, it is only relatively recently that science and technology has developed to the point where it is possible to observe and analyze the living human brain, often in real time. These developments are now creating a profound change in perspective across many areas, including violence and sexual offending.

    This session will briefly review the development of these perspectives, provide some examples of the neurobiological influences we are seeing, and how they are manifested in overt sexual offending. We will use several case examples to illustrate these influences and discuss how the observations have altered both case formulation and recommended interventions.

    We will then offer suggestions as to how clinicians and corrections personnel can access relatively simple tools to determine whether these influences may be important to consider in specific cases.

    Here are the bios of our presenters



    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.




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

    Call: 1-855-917-3767 for reservations.  Be sure to identify you are reserving for the WATSA conference.  (Please call us if you have problems obtaining a room.)

    Room Rates:  Classic courtyard King or double Queen - $129.00

                   Waterfront King or double Queen       - $149.00


    Cancellation Policy:  There will be a $50.00 fee charged for each cancellation until February 3, 2018. There will be no refunds after February 3, 2018 for “no shows”.  Substitutions will be allowed. These are conference cancellation policies.  Please contact Resort Semiahmoo directly for  their cancellation policies regarding lodging.

    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


Past events

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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