About the Program

The TRIAD Certificate is open to on-campus students only. The certificate was developed as part of a 4-year grant. The latest qualifying students must be entering their specialization year by Fall 2022. 

The Training in Aging Diversity (TRIAD) Project is a training-in-place program for graduate-level clinical social work students, designed and led by UNE’s School of Social Work. TRIAD will reach people of all ages, but its primary population focus is Maine’s older adults. The project has two goals:

  1. Increase the number of behavioral health professionals practicing in rural and underserved areas of Maine
  2. Increase knowledge about the behavioral health needs of diverse older adults

The TRIAD Project, supported by a U.S. Department Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant, provides a $10,000 stipend to each UNE M.S.W. student who pursues the TRIAD Certificate. Students can apply as a Traditional TRIAD student and receive quality training in providing clinical services to diverse aging populations 55+, or as a TRIAD Fellow and receive specialized training in working with substance use disorders in diverse aging populations 45+.

You need to indicate on the application whether you are applying to be Traditional TRIAD or TRIAD Fellow.

Who Should Apply

Students interested in the health and well-being of Maine’s aging adults with a focus on diverse and underserved populations such as the rural poor, immigrants and refugees, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans; those with behavioral health and substance use disorders*, and people living with development differences, are encouraged to apply. 

*If you are specifically interested in Substance Use Disorders, you are encouraged to apply as a TRIAD Fellow.

Each TRIAD student will earn a Certificate In Aging Diversity upon graduating.


Stipend Criteria

To be eligible for the TRIAD stipend, students must:

  • Be accepted into or currently enrolled in the UNE School of Social Work on campus program option with a clinical concentration. (Stipends are distributed to students fall semester of their specialization year when they begin their clinical field placement. Both full-and part-time M.S.W. students are eligible.)
  • Fulfill all field education, course, training, and Center of Excellence in Collaborative Education (CECE) requirements as articulated in TRIAD certificate (see below)
  • Demonstrate evidence of work or volunteer experience and/or show a strong interest in working in behavioral health with diverse aging populations, primarily in rural areas
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Submit a TRIAD Application that provides clear and coherent responses to each question prompt
  • Submit one academic or professional letter of reference from health professional, former supervisor, faculty member, or mentor (letter of reference questions are included in the TRIAD application)

Download the TRIAD Application. Once the application is complete, submit it to Tiarra LaPierre at tlapierre1@une.edu along with letter of reference. Students who have completed applications will be contacted to interview with a TRIAD faculty member within one week of submitting application. Students will be notified of acceptance within seven days following their interview. In order to receive optimal consideration for a TRIAD stipend, early application and acceptance to the UNE-SSW is encouraged (priority deadline: February 1).

Current M.S.W. students interested in applying should also speak with their academic advisors to be sure they meet grant requirements.

For more information about the TRIAD Project or applying for a TRIAD stipend, please contact Tiarra LaPierre at tlapierre1@une.edu or (207) 221-4503.

Certificate in Aging Diversity

You will earn a Certificate in Aging Diversity upon completion of the program and meeting the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of required TRIAD elective and one related elective 
    • Social Work Practice with Older People (SSW 598) is required for both Traditional TRIAD students and TRIAD Fellows.  SSW Academic Advisors will help guide students in choosing an appropriate elective to satisfy the second elective requirement
  • Attendance at required training sessions during the academic year
  • Complete Advanced Year field placement at TRIAD Identified clinical site (Field Advisors will guide students)
  • Participate in at least one interprofessional/shared learning project opportunity and attend 2 Center of Excellence in Collaborative Education (CECE) events
  • Maintaining Good Academic Standing

Student Testimonials


Nina Williams, M.S.W. '19

My advanced-year TRIAD placement will be with Maine Medical Center's geriatric psychiatric unit — "P6" — where I'll interface with older adults living with dementia and co-morbid mental health issues in an in-patient environment. My goal with this placement is to gain assessment, motivational interviewing, and direct-care skills for supporting patients and their families during their brief yet critical stays on the unit. P6 uses an interdisciplinary team model, so I'm also excited to build upon my communication and team-work skills as I represent the social work perspective on such a team.


Lila Maycock, M.S.W. '19

I will be doing my Advanced Year Clinical Placement at the Cedars Retirement Community in Portland, Maine, and utilize both the TRIAD grant and my Applied Arts and Social Justice certificate in this unique placement opportunity. The placement will focus on creating relationships with clients on an individual basis through the use of legacy work, group interventions using art, music, and movement within the occupational therapy program, and the creation of groups for clients and family that address grief, loss, and end of life. Our society has fallen into a pattern of seeing the aging population as a burden, useless, and as something to be feared because it represents our own mortality. Therefore, we often avoid talking openly about death and how life may change as we grow older. My intention while at the Cedars is to bear witness to this population’s resilience as they age, assist them as they explore their developing identities, and find creative ways to share their experience with family members, caregivers, and the community. I also want to expand my ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals and will be working closely with the Occupational Therapist Director of Life Enrichment and the medical team at the Cedars to insure that client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are being met.


Glenn Simpson

My advanced-year TRIAD placement will be with Agape Inc. in Portland, Maine. At Agape, I will be able to apply clinical social work theories and practices while working with Maine’s aging population. I will also have the opportunity to integrate the use of creative arts with men 55+ in both individual and group clinical settings. My goal is to help men become more aware of their feelings through the use of art in order to develop healthy intimate relationships with themselves and others. I look forward to working in an environment with motivational interviewing (MI) expertise and participating in educational MI workshops. In addition, Agape’s commitment to bringing dignity to those who struggle with substance use disorder will give me a unique opportunity to advocate for compassionate solutions, especially in the often-overlooked aging population.

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