Helen Liebling

Helen Liebling
Coventry University | CU · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

B.Sc (hons) RGN. M.Phil. M.Sc. PhD.

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Introduction
I carry out research with survivors of conflict and post-conflict sexual violence and torture in the Africa region and the health and justice responses.
Additional affiliations
September 2004 - present
Coventry University
Position
  • Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology
September 2003 - present
The University of Warwick
Position
  • Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor
September 1992 - September 1996
UK Specialist Hospitals Ltd
UK Specialist Hospitals Ltd
Position
  • Senior Clinical Psychologist

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Publications (59)
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Objectives: Previous literature demonstrated that, even when mental health and psychological support services are available for refugees, there may still be obstacles in accessing services. This is the first known study to explore the experiences of mental-health and well-being services for Syrian refugees in Coventry and Warwickshire, United Kingd...
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Background Despite calls to address ethnic inequalities to accessing mental health services in the UK, governmental initiatives have had limited impact. Studies indicate that South Asian communities underutilise mental health services. Previous reviews have identified cultural and institutional factors that may influence service use, but these are...
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Purpose This British Academy/Leverhulme-funded research (Grant number: SG170394) investigated the experiences and impact of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and torture on South Sudanese refugees’ health and rights and the responses of health and justice services in Northern Uganda. Design/methodology/approach It involved thematic analysis...
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This British Academy/Leverhulme-funded research investigated the health and justice service responses to the needs of South Sudanese refugees living in refugee settlements in Northern Uganda who had been subjected to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and torture. It involved the collection and thematic analysis of the narratives of 20 men and...
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This article focusses on my personal reflections of travelling to Uganda and my work with survivors of conflict and post-conflict survivors of gender-based violence and torture. In my work I utilise an ‘action research’ approach combining feminist, participatory and a human rights focus that highlights the voices of survivors and service providers....
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Background: Harmful traditional practices (HTPs) are deeply entrenched behaviours or actions that violate the human rights of affected individuals. They have negative consequences on the physical and psychological health, social rights and political equality of affected individuals and their communities. Despite legislation making HTPs illegal in m...
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Aim: To explore whether the discourse of asylum interviews allows unaccompanied minors to comfortably narrate their claims; or instead confirms anecdotal reports of an adversarial process and culture of disbelief.
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Objectives: The current research aimed to gain an understanding of women’s experiences of FGM to develop an evidence based holistic conceptual framework for professionals dealing with the impact of FGM and responses required for survivors and their children. Method: Using a grounded theory approach, qualitative semi-structured interviews were carri...
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Previous research in northern Uganda found high levels of trauma-related difficulties amongst the conflict-affected population. There is international evidence that psychological therapy can reduce depression, as one of the psychological effects of trauma, but very limited literature regarding the experiences of trauma counselling in Sub-Saharan Af...
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BACKGROUND This paper summarises the experiences and challenges women survivors faced during and following prolonged armed conflict in Liberia and its’ impact on their physical and psychological health. It includes a brief summary of data from research carried out by Isis-WICCE, a women’s international non-government organisation, in conjunction w...
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Conflict and post-conflict survivors in Africa: Case Studies of Liberia, northern Uganda and Eastern DRC Helen Liebling E-mail: hsx497@coventry.ac.uk Coventry University, Priory Street, CV1 5FB BACKGROUND This presentation brings together key findings of training carried out with survivors of conflict and post-conflict sexual violence in Liberia...
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This book chapter argues that the consequences of conflict and post-conflict sexual violence have often been misunderstood. Typically research has conceptualised the effects in terms of an individual manifestation of psychological trauma and physical injuries. The corresponding responses have therefore often been confined to a medical model. This b...
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Interfaith Week: DFID Roundtable on the Role of Faith Communities in Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Monday 17th November, 1pm-2pm, K1.1, 22 Whitehall SW1A 2EG Audience: DFID staff and representatives from Faith Based Organisations and NGOs working on tackling violence against women and girls. Event Objective: The event, held during Int...
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Asylum seekers living in the UK have been shown to have fled danger in their countries of origin, only to face hardship and the threat of deportation once there. This paper draws on the discursive psychological approach to address the way in which asylum seekers in the UK manage questions about returning to their country of origin. Interviews were...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the key issues of concern for asylum seekers in the UK by focusing on their in depth talk about their experiences, a so far neglected element in the current debate about asylum seeking. Design/methodology/approach – The study involved thematic analysis of asylum seekers’ accounts of their lives i...
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This article gives a brief overview of recent research carried out in the aftermath of brutal conflict in eastern Congo and Sierra Leone.
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This paper addresses the ways in which asylum seekers in the UK manage making complaints about their host country. The authors demonstrate that asylum seekers have fled dangerous situations in their countries of origin and then can face difficulties and hostility in the UK. A discursive psychological approach is used to assess the ways in which asy...
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The current study investigates how asylum-seeking African women use talk about emotion to construct empowered roles for themselves. A discourse analysis was conducted on interviews with African asylum-seeking women. Participants used two interacting repertoires, ‘rejecting pity’ and ‘being strong’, to resist inferior positions. By constructing th...
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The current study aims to explore African women's experiences of violence during conflict. The research was undertaken in 2009 in part fulfilment for a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Previous research on women refugees' experiences has focused on the negative impact on psychological functioning despite indications that they show great str...
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Women and girls bearing children from rape is a poorly understood subject area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is essential to understand the underlying causes and consequences of sexual violence, and their impact on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This article reports on British Academy funded research that examined the impa...
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This study focuses on the experiences of staff working with refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom. It explores the impact and range of psychological effects on staff. The study combined qualitative and quantitative methods. In-depth interviews were held with 12 members of staff working at a Midlands-based refugee center, who also comple...
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This exploratory study aimed to develop greater insight into the occupational and personal nature of the practice of mental healthcare on operational deployments. Twenty-eight British military mental health professionals were identified as having recently returned from deployment, with 35% agreeing to participate in semi-structured qualitative inte...
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This article presents a summary of the qualitative data from research carried out in post-conflict Liberia by Isis-WICCE, a women's international non-government organisation, in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender and Development of Liberia and Women in Peace-building Network, WIPNET. Analysis of research findings detail women's experiences of...
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This paper gives a brief overview of work carried out in recent years with war-survivors in Uganda, East Africa and Sierra Leone and Liberia, West Africa including research and health services training, provision and consultancy.
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This article argues that the human consequences of conflict sexual violence have often been misunderstood. Typically research has conceptualised these effects in terms of an individual manifestation of psychological trauma and physical injuries. The corresponding post-conflict responses have therefore been confined to a medical one. This paper, bas...
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Research on women who have experienced domestic abuse indicates that they feel marginalized; stigma, shame and fear about the response of services stop women from seeking the support they need. The current study aimed to explore the unique perspectives of women who have experienced domestic abuse in order to gain an understanding of their experienc...
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Clinical psychology has had a long and distinguished association with the practice of mental health care in the military. Although clinical psychologists are trained both to adopt and implement ethical values and principles, the military environment holds many contextual and tangible differences from other clinical settings. This literature review...
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This article presents a summary of research intervention work carried out in war-affected Northern Uganda by Isis-WICCE, a women's international non-government organisation, in conjunction with the Ugandan Medical Association and funded by Medica Mondiale, a German-based foundation. The findings of this research demonstrate the serious effects of s...
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Group therapy for trauma survivors provides an opportunity to share experiences with others in a supportive environment. Client-centred groups have received very little attention as a way of working with traumatised people. Such groups promise to promote psychological growth following trauma. In this paper we present pilot data from a client-centre...
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This paper will describe the resulting long-term health needs of women wartorture survivors of the civil war years in Luwero District, Uganda. To do this sections of case studies from interviews carried out in Kikamulo Sub-County, Luwero, are utilised. The effects of gender-based violence and torture and its long term, severe and enduring impact on...
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This is an edited version of a conversation that took place between myself and four other clinical psychologists who had been actively involved in developing better services for women living in Ashworth and Rampton hospitals - two of the three high security psychiatric hospitals in England. There have been long-standing concerns about the quality o...
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Staff perceptions of illicit drug use within a special hospital This paper presents the results of a survey of staff perceptions of issues related to illicit drug use amongst patients within a UK Special (forensic) Hospital. The issues examined were: the nature and extent of drug-related problems; current management strategies and their perceived e...

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Refugee well-being project- Assessment of the mental health and well-being of refugees and asylum seekers in Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust and local services and the experiences of staff working with them. See http://covrefugee.org/coventry-and-warwickshire-partnership-trust-and-coventry-university-join-crmc-for-groundbreaking-mental-health-project/ Project findings were presented recently at a conference held in Coventry see http://ow.ly/Gltv3034PLK Creative writing projects This is to be held next year for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Uganda together with Isis-WICCE, international NGO and colleagues from Autonomous University of Barcelona. A link follows to a summary of the last workshop: http://blogs.coventry.ac.uk/researchblog/uganda-workshop-creative-writing-healing/