Program
School
Degree
Program
Child Life Specialist MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
An advanced degree program preparing individuals to work with children in diverse healthcare environments.
Possible Careers
Child life is a growing but competitive field. Although child life has its traditional foundations in hospitals, an increasing number of child life specialists are applying their unique expertise to help children in other environments, including outpatient healthcare facilities, doctor offices, hospice care, specialized camps, schools, court systems, and funeral homes. <br />
<p>Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.</p>
Program Length
2 years
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Counseling MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science in Counseling is designed to give students a broad academic background in mental health counseling and professional training for a wide variety of careers working with individuals, families, and groups. Professional counselors assist clients in working through personal and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, family stress, developmental transitions, crisis, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, medical problems, disability, education and career planning, personal loss, and grief.
Possible Careers
<p>Graduates from the counseling degree program may work as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in private practice. Graduates completing the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential may work as K-12 counselors in California public schools..</p>
<p><strong>Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.</strong></p>
Program Length
2 years
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Counseling MS and Marital & Family Therapy MS with School Counseling Certificate
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
MS, Counseling with MS, Marital and Family Therapy with School Counseling Certificate This dual degree program enables students to earn two master's degrees and a certificate in one 119 quarter unit program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist licenses (in California; issued through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). The included school counseling certificate makes students eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing). Program may be completed in three years of full-time study. Applications accepted for fall, winter, spring and summer starts. Clinical placements available within the Loma Linda University Health care system as well as local community agencies and organizations.
Possible Careers
Graduates may work in for-profit and private non-profit and public settings, including county departments of mental health, departments of child and family services (as well as other governmental agencies) hospitals (such as the Loma Linda University health care system), and private practice settings.&nbsp;
Program Length
119 quarter units over three years
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Criminal Justice MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
<p>The MS in Criminal Justice emphasizes integrated behavioral health interventions, restorative justice, and community reintegration to address the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation needs of persons at risk for or who have already been incarcerated. Students learn to work with social services, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole to support at risk, incarcerated and recently released inmates.&nbsp;</p>
Possible Careers
<p>Forensic mental health therapist (combined with a licensable mental health degree), Family reunification advocate, Juvenile justice/criminal court social worker (combined with a BSW/MSW), Victim/witness advocate, Correctional Counselor, Juvenile or Criminal Rehabilitation Specialist, Administrator/program director.</p>
Program Length
2 Years
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Drug & Alcohol Counseling Certificate – Online
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PB CERT
<span>The Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate program is a 100% online, post-baccalaureate program targeting individuals pursuing licensure or licensed as mental health professionals. The program consists of 13 quarter units (9 academic units and 4 practicum units) taken over four quarters. 200 hours of supervised field experience are required. Courses are a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous formats.</span>
Possible Careers
Graduates may find employment as addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment settings. With the appropriate licensure, qualified individuals may work in private practice settings.&nbsp;
Program Length
One year (12 months) or four quarters
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Gerontology MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
<p>The MS in Gerontology program emphasizes a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to aging and aging processes, preparing students to enhance and support the lives of both older adults and their families in the community and in geriatric practice settings.</p>
Possible Careers
<p>Gerontologists may be employed in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities, either working directly with older adults or in administrative roles overseeing proper care procedures. Many gerontologists work in the areas of advocacy or as consultants and/or directors for community programs and senior centers. Teaching and research are also career options.</p>
Program Length
2 years
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Marital & Family Therapy DMFT – Online (prior COAMFTE-accredited MS)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepares graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
<ul>
<li>Community Mental Health Administration</li>
<li>AAMFT Approved Supervisor</li>
<li>Mental Health Administration within the elementary and secondary school settings</li>
<li>Academia&mdash;Adjunct and Full-time faculty positions</li>
<li>Research</li>
<li>Clinical positions in many mental health settings</li>
</ul>
Program Length
2 years
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Marital & Family Therapy DMFT – Online (prior non-COAMFTE-accredited MS)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepare graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
<ul>
<li>Community Mental Health Administration</li>
<li>AAMFT Approved Supervisor</li>
<li>Mental Health Administration within the elementary and secondary school settings</li>
<li>Academia&mdash;Adjunct and Full-time faculty positions</li>
<li>Research</li>
<li>Clinical positions in many mental health settings</li>
<li>Private Practice</li>
</ul>
Program Length
3 years
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Marital & Family Therapy MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The MS in Marital and Family Therapy program is designed to provide students with a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
Possible Careers
Graduates are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments (in both for- and non-profit agencies), hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.<br /><br />Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 Years
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Play Therapy Certificate – Online
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PM CERT
The Play Therapy certificate program is designed to provide advanced training to professionals and graduate students who have completed (or who are enrolled in) a mental health degree program, and who have a strong desire to work with children and adolescents. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the course work and professional contacts that will help prepare them for becoming a future registered play therapist (RPT). The program consists of 13 fully online units taken over four quarters.
Possible Careers
A play therapist works in a number of settings, including private practice, non-profit agencies, child abuse assessment and treatment centers, fostering and adoption programs, and hospitals.
Program Length
12 months
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Psychology PhD (Clinical)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The PhD in Psychology follows the traditional scientist-practitioner model. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all of the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
Our psychology programs prepare individuals for careers in settings such as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academics.
Program Length
6 years (including internship)
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Psychology PsyD (Clinical)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PsyD
The PsyD program follows the practitioner-scholar model and places more emphasis on clinical practice. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all of the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
Our psychology programs prepare individuals for careers in settings such as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academics.
Program Length
5 years (including internship)
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School Counseling Certificate
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PM CERT
<p>The School Counseling certificate is designed specifically for Counseling MS and Marital and Family Therapy MS students who wish to add the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling to their program. All degree requirements and certificate requirements must be met and the degree awarded prior to recommendation for the PPS credential.</p>
Possible Careers
<p>In addition to working with students on campus, professional school counselors serve as consultants for school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and other professionals who work with and for students. The role of professional school counselors varies with the public school district and grade levels ranging from preschool through college and university.</p>
Program Length
2 years
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Social Welfare & Social Research PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The Social Welfare and Social Research PhD is a 92 quarter unit academic program that promotes integrative and interdisciplinary research focusing on chronic social issues, social justice, implementation science, and global practice.
Possible Careers
Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced administrative and research roles in national and international health and human services, policy development and analysis, and as university faculty.
Program Length
4 years
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Social Work DSW – Hybrid Online
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DSW
<p>The DSW (Clinical Leadership) degree is a three-year full-time program (83 quarter units) and is designed to meet the needs of post-master's social work professionals desiring to advance their careers to become scholar-practitioners in the areas of clinical leadership and practice innovation.</p>
Possible Careers
<p>Clinical leadership; upper administration in large public and community-based non-profit agencies; behavioral health research and evaluation; health care administration.</p>
Program Length
<p>3 years (11 quarters)</p>
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Social Work MSW
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
<p>The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 78-unit program emphasizing the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University's internationally recognized health system provides students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care, and global practice settings.</p>
Possible Careers
<p>Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator.&nbsp;</p>
Program Length
<p><span>2-, 3-, or 4- year curriculum options; 3-year part-time hybrid program; advanced standing</span></p>
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Social Work MSW and Criminal Justice MS (Combined)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
<p>The mission of the combined Master of Social Work and Criminal Justice MS is to facilitate more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with a strong interest in, and who are dedicated to, the advanced practice of both social work and criminal justice. The MSW emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. The Criminal Justice MS aims to prepare students to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the problems of crime and social control in the contemporary world.</p>
<p>The combination of these two programs has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for this dual degree program.</p>
Possible Careers
<p class="p1">Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator.Many Forensic Social Workers work in settings such as the court system, detention centers, forensic inpatient programs, and forensic outpatient behavioral health systems.</p>
Program Length
<p class="p1">2-, 3-, and 4-year options</p>
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Social Work MSW and Gerontology MS (Combined)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
<p>The mission of the combined Master of Social Work and MS in Gerontology is to facilitate more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with a strong interest in, and who are dedicated to, the advanced practice of both social work and gerontology. The MSW emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. The Gerontology MS aims to prepare students to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the challenges of the aging population and older citizens in the contemporary world.</p>
<p>The combination of these two programs has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for this dual degree program. This program equips students to make interdisciplinary contributions to the fields of social work and gerontology.</p>
Possible Careers
<p>Geriatric Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. Many Geriatric Social Workers work in government agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, senior centers, community health centers, and mental health clinics.</p>
Program Length
2-, 3-, and 4-year options
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Social Work MSW – Hybrid Online
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
This 78-unit program emphasizes the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University's internationally recognized health system provides students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care, and global practice settings.
Possible Careers
Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator.
Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Systems, Families, and Couples PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The mission of the PhD in Systems, Families, and Couples is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and service to the community. The program prepares students to be scholars in the field of Family Science. Specialties are available in Family Studies (non-clinical) and Couple and Family Therapy (clinical).
Possible Careers
<p>Graduates of the PhD program in Systems, Families, and Couples are multiculturally-informed and well-prepared to serve as ethically competent leaders who advance the field of family science in the areas of couple and family therapy and family life education. Our alumni most often work as faculty members in academic and clinical programs, social and behavioral science researchers, clinic directors, advanced clinicians and clinical supervisors, both nationally and internationally. Additional career paths that our alumni have taken have included organizational consultation and ministry. <br /><br />Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.</p>
Program Length
3-4 years full-time (part-time options available)
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