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Intergenerational Programs: Evidence in Practice is a Course

Intergenerational Programs: Evidence in Practice

Started Jul 15, 2021
2.5 credits

$75 Enroll

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Course Description

Intergenerational programs purposefully bring younger and older people together with the goal of benefitting everyone involved. They have been used to support youth and older adult development and health, building on the talents of participants of all ages and abilities. Successful intergenerational programs depend on thoughtful planning, practice, and assessment grounded in evidence. 

Learners completing this course will be able to describe the value of evidence-based intergenerational programs to different stakeholder groups; they will be able to develop a strong system that sustains partnerships that nimbly pursue opportunities and overcome obstacles; finally, learners will be able to employ specific strategies for intergenerational programming and support others in doing the same. Recognizing that learners possess different experiences and goals, the course offers additional networking, programming, evaluation, and learning opportunities in the intergenerational community.

  • Course created: September 2021
  • Course requirements: Participants must view all required course content, pass the post test(s), and submit a course evaluation to receive CEs

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the potential benefits and special considerations of intergenerational programs
  • Identify different dimensions of intergenerational programs
  • Reflect on your reasons for exploring intergenerational programs and start developing an intergenerational action plan
  • Identifying, exploring, and committing to a partnership
  • Developing an intergenerational program mission, objectives, timeline, and budget
  • Crafting an action plan that reflects dimensions of intergenerational programming
  • Engaging and preparing key stakeholders, including staff, participants, administrators, and families (as applicable) 
  • Develop awareness of intergenerational practices
  • Try improving scenarios using intergenerational practices 

Continuing Education Classifications

  • 2.5 CE clock hours
  • Meets requirements for OCSWMFT Board

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

Meet Your Presenters

Shannon E. Jarrott, Ph.D. is a professor of social work at The Ohio State University. Trained as a gerontologist, she specializes in intergenerational strategies to meet community needs and understand their impact. She works closely with intergenerational scholars and practitioners globally, including the Extension system. Her translational research, sponsored by non-profit, state, and federal funders, has been recognized with regional, national, and international honors. Inspired by close intergenerational family relationships, Shannon aims to support the health of current and future older adults by fostering positive intergenerational ties. 

Jill Juris, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. Her research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs to improve health outcomes of older adults. Specifically, she examines impacts of community recreation such as intergenerational programming and leisure time physical activity of older adults. She also aims to decrease social isolation and loneliness of older adults through intergenerational technology programs in higher education settings.

Rachel M. Scrivano, MS is a current Ph.D. student in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Her research interests largely focus on the impact of incorporating intergenerational contact and gerontological education in reducing ageism and increasing inclusivity among community members. She is a current graduate research assistant for the intergenerational and community-based participatory action research project Food for a Long Life under the guidance of both Dr. Jarrott and Dr. Juris.   

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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation to participation in this course, please contact CSW Accessibility at or call 614-688-1657.

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The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, 302 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus OH, 43210. Email: Website: