Past Free Webcast – Current Issues in Ethics – May 25, 2022

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

Handout Current Issues in Ethics 5.25.22

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.