Next Free Webcast – Current Issues in Ethics – May 25 at noon

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Presenter: Charissa Eaton, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work at Winona State University

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The COVID pandemic has shown a spotlight on and in many cases exacerbated many long-standing issues in health and human service for older adults. These issues are also accompanied by more complex ethical dilemmas faced by the professionals working with older adults and their families.

This presentation explores “hot topic” ethical issues currently facing gerontological helping professionals in today’s world. A framework will also be discussed as a tool utilized in making ethical decisions. During the webinar, participants will practice analyzing current ethical issues using the ethical decision-making framework.


  • Examine the complexities of ethical dilemmas involving older adults in health and human services within the context of the continued COVID pandemic; self-determination and autonomy of older adults, workforce demands, and more.
  • Utilize a framework for making decisions about ethical dilemmas in health and human service settings.
  • Practice analyzing current ethical dilemmas involving older adults.

Charissa Eaton, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work at Winona State University

Charissa Eaton, MSW, PhD is a Professor, BSW Program Director, and Chair of the Social Work Department at Winona State University. Dr. Eaton typically teaches practice, research, and field courses. Her research interests include medical social work, social work ethics, and environmental justice. In addition to teaching and research, Charissa is active with the Minnesota Gerontological Society as a Board member and former President of the Board. Charissa’s social work practice experience focused on working with older adults via geriatric case management and medical social work.

Upcoming Free Webcast – New Training on Elder Sexual Abuse – June 28th at Noon

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Presenters: Dr. John Brose and Linda Walther

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The Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program of Minnesota (CMP), initiated in 2018, formed to support activities that benefit care facility residents, protecting or improving their quality of life, using funds collected from penalties imposed on facilities. In 2018, the Minnesota CMP committee prioritized using $385,000 to develop a comprehensive sexual abuse awareness and training program.

The result, Elder Sexual Abuse in Care Facilities, focuses on the prevention of ongoing sexual abuse of vulnerable adults in facilities and in the community. Emphasizing a trained and coordinated response to all aspects of sexual abuse, the training brings together the history and experience of care professionals, State of MN advocates, attorneys, and law enforcement professionals.

Gerontologist Dr John Brose helped develop the framework for the training and worked to provide much of the content. David Hill, Nursing Facility Rates and Policy, DHS, State of MN, managed the project, tapping a wide range of experts representing the interests of vulnerable adults living in care facilities.

Linda Walther, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adults (SANE-A), from MNCASA (MN Coalition of Sexual Assault) is experienced in obtaining evidence from a sexual assault examination. She is a key contributor to this endeavor and is featured as a subject matter expert in the training materials.

Dr Brose and Ms. Walther will share a video trailer as part of their presentation, while reviewing and discussing the training materials that comprise this ground-breaking initiative. Access to the materials is available on the MGS online seminar website prior to webinar.


  • Provide guided overview to Elder Sexual Abuse in Care Facilities
  • Increase ability to recognize soft signs of abuse
  • Define and clarify the importance of power differentials
  • Explain the role of a SANE nurse
  • Instill practice of Listen, Believe, Report

Dr John Brose, PhD, LP, LMFT, LADC

Named Minnesota 2020 Gerontologist of the Year by the Minnesota Gerontological Society, and recipient of the Minnesota Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Minnesota Psychology, Dr. John E. Brose, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is the owner and Clinic Director of Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP). Under his leadership, ACP has become the leading community and clinic based mental health organization in the Twin Cities. Dr. Brose oversees more than three hundred clinicians who provide behavioral health and psychiatry services to various clinical populations in seven outpatient clinics, over two hundred nursing homes as well as group homes, assisted living, and memory care facilities.

Throughout his 42-year career, Dr. Brose has focused on the interaction between medical and psychological issues. He is a pioneer and leading national authority on aging and behavioral health issues and lectures locally and nationally, in addition to his full-time clinical work.

Linda Walther, SANE-A

Clinical Coordinator for the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program at Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA). Linda has 45 years of nursing experience and has been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adults (SANE-A), with the Regions SANE Program for 15 years. She provides trainings on the medical forensic exams for hospitals and coordinates SANE trainings in Minnesota.


Materials available for review prior to online seminar: