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Treatment Plan Overviews Abandonment and Neglect

Part of our behavioral health resources, this is a broad overview of our treatment plan for the treatment of abandonment and neglect. Age- and gender-specific resources are available for adults and juveniles (males and females). For more information, feel free to contact us or fill out our phone consultation form.

Major Goals

1. Parental issues

Increased understanding of personal issues and consequences of abandonment and neglect by either or both parents.

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Accept that abandonment or neglect issues are causing current problems
  • Understand and accept that abandonment can be both physical and emotional

2. Address issues underlying feelings resulting from abandonment or neglect

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Identify issues of abandonment or neglect from the past and work to resolve or let go
  • Counselor Actvity and Assessment


Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Develop vocabulary to describe uncomfortable feelings resulting from abandonment and/or neglect
  • Identify cues and symptoms that he is experiencing such feelings as hurt, anger, or resentment due to abandonment/neglect issues
  • Link those feelings to specific triggers and areas of vulnerability


Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Address consequences of fear of abandonment or rejection in relationships and with family

5. Decrease extreme feelings and reduce potential for substance abuse

Decrease extreme feelings resulting from abandonment or neglect, reduce potential for using chemicals of harmful behaviors to deal with these feelings.

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Learn coping techniques to reduce risk (thought stopping, thought switching, creative visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, etc.)

6. Address areas of potential conflict or concern for the future

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Identify areas of conflict or concern and practice appropriate new responses to conflict/issue

See Also

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