Internal and Externalized Experiences of Concealed Stigma: How Group Therapy Can Address the Consequences
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This paper examined the many emotional, psychological, and social implications of stigma; focusing specifically on concealed stigma. Various anti-stigma interventions originating in the mental health field and wider society were explored revealing very little research has been performed in this area. Specific therapeutic interventions were found to be useful, but did not focus on groups composed of various concealed stigmas. Group therapy was deemed helpful in addressing concealed stigma. In response to a lack of research and effective therapeutic methods, an exploratory group was proposed. This group would utilize expressive modalities including art therapy, psychodrama, and writing. It is believed this group would be successful in empowering participants and assisting them to process their negative experiences of stigma, and help them move towards wellness and balance. This group will not be implemented here, and should be used as a platform from which to base future research and therapeutic anti-stigma interventions.