IN-AJSOP is a professional association comprised of individuals and organizations that, in their daily work, respond to youth who have caused sexual harm. In response to Indiana’s lack of a standardized model of care for these youth, the Association emerged in 2004 to lead Indiana’s professional treatment community toward adoption of a best practice approach to assessment and intervention.
IN-AJSOP (Indiana Associate of Juvenile Sex Offender Practitioners) only utilized the acronym for best practice purposes. Since it’s creation, the field has gone away from using “sex offender” word associated with juveniles. In 2017, when ATSA published the ATSA Adolescent Practice Guidelines, the term used to describe the population is, “an adolescent who has engaged in sexually abusive behavior.”