Play Therapy (Certificate Online) | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University
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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. The program is available online only and is authorized in these states.


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-Centered Play Therapy (3 units)
  • PLTH 546 Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (3 units)
  • PLTH 550 Trauma Focused Play Therapy (3 units)
  • RELE 5xx Bioethics: Working with Children (1 unit)

Course Schedule Course Descriptions

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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