“Learning How to Love:
Attachment, Morality, and Psychotherapy”
By Dr. Andrew J. Sodergren, Psy.D. 
An IPS Online Continuing Education Seminar for Mental Health Practitioners and
Others involved in Pastoral Care. 

Friday, April 20th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

(Lunch break from Noon until 1pm)


Co-sponsored by:
IDEALS/NIRE | The National Institute for Relationship Enhancement



Pope Benedict XVI has said, “The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love.” In psychological terms this is called attachment.

But, how does one achieve secure vs. insecure attachment? How do attachment experiences shape one’s capacity to love? How does attachment security impact various forms of moral behavior? What can help a person overcome a lack of secure attachment?

This online seminar for mental health practitioners will explore these topics and more, concluding by exploring the clinical implications of the attachment paradigm from initial assessment to termination.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

• Discuss attachment theory and research as these pertain to personality development.

• Identify the factors that promote secure vs. insecure attachment and the developmental outcomes of each.

• Discuss up-to-date knowledge of how attachment security impacts various forms of moral behavior.

• Explain how to integrate an attachment perspective into their clinical practice from initial assessment to termination.

Dr. Andrew J. Sodergren holds an M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2009, was entitled Attachment and Morality: A Catholic Perspective. Dr. Sodergren also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Sodergren’s clinical work has been with the Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Service in Bethesda, MD, and with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska.
Recently, Dr. Sodergren began working for Ruah Woods (, a Theology of the Body ministry in Cincinnati, OH, where he has opened a psychology practice focused on integrating the best of contemporary psychological science with a Catholic view of the human person. He is a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
This event has limited capacity and will fill up quickly, so register early to ensure your spot.
CE Information
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. NBCC provider #5560.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers.
IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.

Participants receive 5 CE credits for completing this seminar.

Refund, Pricing and Grievance Policy
No refunds; all registrations are final.
List price: $125 Early registration: $115 (until Mar. 23rd) Please allow approximately five business days for payments made by phone. Payments made online are posted within one to three business days. Problems? Contact the IPS Distance Learning Office at 703.416.1441 x129 or by email at
When a grievance arises pertaining to an IPS-sponsored CE live offering, the complainant should notify the Director of Distance Learning either by phone or in writing, as soon as possible, so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion. The Director of Distance Learning is Stephen Grundman ( or 703.416.1441 x129).


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Date & Time and Location


Friday, 20 Apr 2012 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Online course

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Dr. Stephen Grundman

703-416-1441 ext. 129

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