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2020 Annual WATSA Conference

  • Fri, March 20, 2020
  • 11:00 AM
  • Sun, March 22, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Suncadia Resort
  • 110


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • If you applied and received a scholarship and have a current WATSA membership.
  • If you applied and received a scholarship and do not have a current WATSA membership.
  • If you applied and received a scholarship and have a current WATSA membership.
  • If you applied and received a scholarship and do not have a current WATSA membership.

Registration is closed

2020 WATSA Spring Conference at Suncadia


Friday March 20th 1:15PM - 5:30PM

Michael F. Caldwell, Psy.D

Advances in Risk Assessment of Individuals Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses as an Adolescent.


This session will discuss the purpose and methods of sexual recidivism risk assessment for adolescents.  The research evidence related to what contributes to the onset of sexual misconduct in teens will be reviewed.  The evidence related to recidivism risk will be discussed.  A protocol for assessing risk relevant issues in adolescents; including treatment needs and potential for responsiveness will be discussed, along with tools that can be used to conduct risk relevant assessments.

Learning Objectives

1.     Participants will learn the current information on juvenile recidivism base rates.

2.     Participants will learn the domains that contribute to adolescent sexual misconduct.

3.     Participants will learn 3 instruments related to risk assessment with adolescents

Saturday March 21st 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Kevin Creeden, MA, LMHC.

Adjusting the Lens: A Neuro-developmental Perspective on Treating Sexual Behavior Problems in Adolescence.


Research has shown a connection between experiences of maltreatment, attachment difficulties and disrupted neurological development in children.  The effect of these early developmental experiences can have a significant impact on specific brain functions such as emotional and behavioral regulation, language processing, and adaptive decision- making. Given that many of the youth that we treat come from backgrounds with histories of abuse, neglect, and/or family dysfunction; this research is particularly pertinent to how we understand and intervene in our client’s behavior.

This training looks at the connections between adverse childhood events and problematic sexual behavior by examining what we know about the neurological impact of early trauma and insecure attachment relationships on children and adolescents. We will present a treatment approach that seeks to integrate the brain based research on trauma and attachment and our understanding of “healthy” childhood development with an emphasis placed on interventions that help adolescents achieve developmental progress rather than those that “solely” look to find a means for stopping negative behavior.

Sunday March 22nd  9:00AM - 10:25AM

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

Panel Members: Amy Muth, Jedd Pelander, Robert Beattey

10:35AM - Noon

Jacob Bezanson, ESRC Chair & Jedd Pelander, Juvenile Rehabilitation Program Administrator for Youth Who Sexually Offend

The 30th Anniversary of the Community Protection Act and the ESRC


How did we get here and what are we doing now?  30 years ago the Community Protection Act was unanimously passed and signed into law creating sex offender registration, notification, and civil commitment for sexually violent predators.  As a result, the End of Sentence Review Committee (ESRC) was established to review individuals releasing from state institutions in order to recommend notification levels and make appropriate referrals, to include sexually violent predator referrals.  This session will provide information on the Community Protection Act and current practices of the ESRC and ESRC Juvenile Subcommittee, to include process changes as a result of Senate Bill 6160.   The session will be presented by the current chairs of the ESRC and ESRC Juvenile Subcommittee.

13.5 CEUs in total will be offered, 1.5 will be law and ethics

WATSA 2020 Speaker bios

Agenda 2020

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.



This year we will continue to offer a special rate for WATSA/ ORATSA members.

BEFORE February 14, 2020:                

WATSA/OATSA Members:  $330.00     

ATSA Members: $340.00                      

Non-members  $350.00

AFTER  February 14, 2020:                  

WATSA/OATSA Members:  $370.00     

ATSA Members: $380.00                      

Non-members  $390.00


SUNCADIA RESORT: 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 - $149.00    One bedroom suites - $189.00

Cancellation Policy

There will be a $50.00 fee charged for each cancellation. There will be no refunds after March 1, 2020 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 email conference handouts to registrants within 1-2  weeks prior to the conference.


For further information, contact conference co-chairs:

Robert Beattey, JD, MA, Ph.D.                                                

The Beattey Group, pllc.                                                            

212 Broadway E., #22351                                                  

Seattle, WA 98122                                                                     

T: (206) 714-6268                                                                       



Maureen Saylor RNMA

3516 So. 47th St., Suite 201
Tacoma WA 98409

T: (253) 312-3961


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