Play Therapy Certificate | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University

At a Glance

  • 1-year (part-time), fully online program
  • Completion of 13 academic units
  • $4,500 flat rate for entire certificate program
  • Faculty mentoring and support available
  • Christian environment emphasizing compassionate whole person care

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Program Director: Kimberly R. Freeman, PhD

The Play Therapy certificate is housed under the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Behavioral Health.


Applicants must meet the admission requirements as follows:

  • A fully completed LLU application form.
  • A graduate with a licensable mental health degree from an accredited university. (Official transcripts are evidence of degrees and courses completed.) Individuals already licensed as a mental health professional must be in good standing with the relevant licensing board.
  • Consideration for admission will be given to individuals in the process of completing a licensable mental health graduate degree from an accredited university. Applicant must be in good academic standing and have permission from their current program to enroll.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from an academic source, professional peer, and/or a work supervisor.

Program Curriculum

Length of Program: 4 academic quarters—based on part-time enrollment

PLTH 513 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 units)

PLTH 516 Child-Centerd Play Therapy (3 units)

PLTH 546 Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (3 units)

PLTH 550 Trauma Focused Play Therapy (3 units)

REL_ ___ Bioethics or Wholeness (1 unit)

Program Cost

Flat rate of $4,500.00 for the entire Play Therapy Certificate program. Payment can be divided over the 4 quarters of the program.

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