Lizette Nolte

Lizette Nolte
University of Hertfordshire | UH · School of Life and Medical Sciences

Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy

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Introduction
Research with an underlying value of social inclusion, equality and the reduction of stigma and informed by systemic and narrative therapeutic approaches. Programme of research within the field of parental mental health and family meaning-making and communication. Also involvement in research that addresses discrimination and marginalization within training contexts, the wider profession of clinical psychology and within society, with the intention of resisting and undoing dehumanising.
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September 2005 - present
University of Hertfordshire
Position
  • Lecturer

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Publications (47)
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There is a lack of research concerning therapists’ emotional responses to the suicide of clients and/or friends and family and yet, professionally, therapists commonly manage suicide risk of their clients and need to abide by relevant policies. Using a purposive sampling technique, twelve female clinical psychologists working in the UK were recruit...
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Towards the end of last year I was gathering my thoughts for Barry Mason’s Festschrift. Barry and I were on a video-call and I said that I was a little nervous about it, as I worried that I had understood his ideas wrongly, or at least differently to how he had meant them. He laughed and said ‘that’s the exciting part – to see how one’s ideas are u...
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Muscular dystrophy is a terminal muscle-wasting condition, whereby families face continuous challenges as their child's health deteriorates. This research explored accounts of parenthood following bereavement of their child to muscular dystrophy. Narrative inquiry was used to analyse interviews with four couples. Findings suggest an importance in n...
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Training clinical psychologists to be able to work with those who will use their services in ways that are not 'othering' and that facilitate a safe, compassionate and accepting place from where psychological therapy can be undertaken, is an essential task for trainers. Although simulation training is widely used in some healthcare professions, it...
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Research enables us to attempt to understand the incomprehensible. In doing so, we collaborate with others – facilitating a context to communicate. Our dialogues gather up the complexity of what it means to have lived particular lives or to have had particular experiences over time. Ultimately, research aids our connection to others and leads us to...
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This study aimed to explore postgraduate students’ lived experiences of managing research ethics committee processes. Whilst there is a wide range of research that explores ethics principles/guidance and committee perspectives upon research ethics processes, there is a lack of research into applicant experiences of these processes. Thus, interpreta...
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Introduction: Relatives are profoundly affected by an adult family member's severe and enduring mental health problem (MHP). The burdens of caring impact on adult relatives' emotional, physical and social wellbeing. How relatives make meaning and communicate about the MHP is thought to affect family talk about mental health and this can impact fam...
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Completing clinical psychology training can be both daunting and rewarding. This chapter provides an overview of some of the challenges trainees may face on their journey, whilst offering the reader ideas on how to consolidate their academic, clinical and research skills to support their own personal and professional development. It provides some p...
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The ways in which we tell our stories matter. For clinical psychology within the UK, the journey to clinical training is unclear and confusing for many – with no clear pathway to qualification. The social context for aspiring clinical psychologists then, is not only characterised by uncertainty but can fuel individualistic notions of competition an...
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“What dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil?” This question, posed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, kept coming to mind for James whilst he completed his doctorate research project that looked at the ways in which bereaved couples storied their experiences of parenting a child with muscular dystrophy. What seemed imperative to this exp...
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Lizette invited Victoria to share a piece of art that captured something of Victoria’s experiences of living as a transgender woman in British society. While considering this image, Victoria and Lizette shared two long conversations, the second of which was recorded in order to construct this article. Due to word count only short extracts of the se...
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I first encountered systemic thinking when, recently qualified, I accepted a job as a clinical psychologist in a team that was strongly systemically orientated and ran a vibrant systemic journal club. This was the early 1990s in South Africa and a time of incredible political transformation, including a reckoning with the history and ongoing impact...
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A report of a mixed-methods evaluation of a relationship-based, trauma- and attachment-informed counselling service for birth relatives who have lost children to adoption. The aims of the evaluation were to 1) identify who is being referred to the service and how and when they are referred; 2) see what, if any, differences there are between the bi...
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In the UK, the 2002 Adoption and Children Act increased birth relatives’ rights to support services when their children are adopted (Department of Education, 2014). In line with this, the Department of Education (2014), in their document Adoption: national minimum standards, states that there is a duty to consider the welfare of all parties in the...
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There is very little published literature on ‘what works’ in terms of support for birth mothers following the loss of their children to compulsory adoption or foster care. The aim of this article is to raise the voices of a group of birth mothers, a historically stigmatised, powerless and neglected group, with substantial experience of counselling...
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Purpose – Trusting and empathic relationships between project workers and people experiencing homelessness (PEH) form the cornerstone for their needs to be met. However, under the UK austerity agenda project workers practice in a context of increasing pressure and limited resources; with relationships often characterised by conditionality and disco...
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With ongoing news of hardship and suffering in the United Kingdom and throughout the world, and in the context of austerity, shrinking public services and increasing social inequalities, it is sometimes difficult not to fall into despair, to feel hopeless or ineffectual. In this paper we consider counter‐practices to such despair and hopelessness t...
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This article documents the experiences of people with a physical health condition or disability who have experi- enced a loss of or change in disability benefits under the welfare reform programme in the United Kingdom. A theor- etical model was constructed using in-depth interviews and grounded theory methods. The findings show that par- ticipants...
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In 2015, the University of Hertfordshire was approached by The Muscle Help Foundation to evaluate the impact of the Muscle Dream experiences they offer to young people with a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy (and other muscle wasting conditions) and their families. Here we report on the findings of the research.
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The experience of psychosis can sweep into a life like a violent storm. In this paper I firstly attempt to fully imagine the experience of such a storm by drawing on first person accounts and then consider the clinical encounter between mental health practitioners and those who find themselves amidst this storm. I reflect on ways we can better supp...
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The death of a child can be seen as one of the most devastating experiences for parents which can result in a unique and enduring grief. Parents with surviving children face the task of navigating their own grief while continuing to parent. This narrative inquiry explores bereaved parents’ stories of their emotional relationship with their survivin...
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For those experiencing homelessness social networks are often complex (e.g. troublesome or traumatic childhood or family relationships), fragile (e.g. temporary, transitional and conditional nature of relationships with staff members in hostels or with the homelessness community) and de-humanising (e.g. stigmatising or discriminatory relationships...
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The Social Graces framework is 25 years old. In this paper we consider the Social Graces as a teaching tool. Roper-Hall, Burnham and their colleagues have created a recognisable and exible tool and have guided us toward using this tool with creativity and courage. However, in order for us to, in John’s words (1992, p. 27) “all become graceful” in...
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This study investigated the impact of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) on the training and professional practice of clinical psychologists, using a mixed method design. The findings of this study suggest that PBL is experienced by trainees as an effective method of learning in clinical psychology.
Technical Report
The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) aims to deliver 657 Muscle Dreams to young people with a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy, which is one life- changing experience for every muscle in the human body. As of November 2016, 239 Muscle Dreams have been fulfilled. This report is a retrospective evaluation of the impact of Muscle Dreams
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The purpose of this paper is to extend our understanding of the issues facing those who experience multiple moves around homelessness projects. It considers these issues and how they relate to best practice, informing the delivery of Psychologically Informed Environments. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative design was employed, with intervie...
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This study explores the lived experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) clinical psychologists employed in the U.K. National Health Service (NHS). A mixed method qualitative approach was employed using repertory grids and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Six female BME clinical psychologists took part. Four master themes emerged from t...
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Background: There has been an abundance of studies that have employed quantitative methods to research obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its neurobiology and neurochemistry. However, there appears to be a paucity of research investigating how OCD is experienced by those living with the diagnosis, particularly young people. Method: A qualitati...
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The mental health of refugees has been an increasingly researched area, but has been criticised for having an individualised and symptom-focused approach to understanding the experience of forced migration. This paper attempts to respond to calls to address this culturally limited and incomplete way of conceptualising responses to experiences of pe...
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This article describes the experiences of three trainee Clinical Psychologists of introducing a Narrative therapy approach in their workplace. Reflections from a clinical tutor who supported this work are also provided.
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This grounded theory study explored parents’ experiences of responding to their children’s need for understanding parental mental health concerns. Fifteen parents with severe and enduring mental health difficulties participated in the study. The findings suggest four main social processes that influence parents’ talk with their children about paren...
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This paper reports on a sub-section of findings of a qualitative study that explored parents’ decision-making about and responses to their children’s need to understand parental mental health concerns. Fifteen parents with severe and enduring mental health difficulties participated in the study. Findings describes how parents’ own meaning-making in...
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This paper reports on a diversity theatre workshop at the University of Hertfordshire Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme as an example of enabling, rigorous and adventurous diversity learning.
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The child care literature consistently reports a lack of support for birth mothers following their child being taken into care or adopted. This is despite consistent evidence of the long-term consequences of the removal of children on their mental health. The aim of this study is to explore the effects of separation, the subsequent sense of identit...
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Systemically informed qualitative research can powerfully enrich the clinical practice of systemic therapists. In this presentation a Grounded Theory study, completed as part of the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock, will be presented. This study explored the views and experiences of parents with severe and enduring...
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In this chapter I will be discussing the impact that mental health difficulties in a parent might have on a child. In recent years literature on the potential effects of parental mental health difficulties on children has proliferated as our awareness of this group of children has increased. Thus, these children and their lived experiences within t...
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In this paper we will discuss some maps that we find helpful to orientate and guide us when we venture to teach and learn about 'diversity'. The journey of diversity learning has no definite beginning or end points and always involves travelling together both as 'trainers' and as 'learners'.
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This study explored the experiences of nine trainee clinical psychologists from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds using a phenomenological approach. The key issues in relation to the findings are discussed, specifically around highlighting race and culture issues, strengths and resources, and support that is needed from training providers...
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Due to increased global mobility and displacement there is a growing cultural diversity within therapeutic encounters between therapists and clients. Literature on cross-cultural therapy traditionally focuses on the culture of clients. However, due to recent theoretical shifts in the family therapy field, the importance of including the culture of...
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Do we need to do more to support parents who are adult mental health services users in helping their children make sense of their mental distress?
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This study examined the influence of migration to Britain on family therapists and on their therapeutic work. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 6 qualified family therapists and a thematic analysis was completed. It was found that therapists viewed their own cultural background and life experiences as important influences in their clin...
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Many black students in South Africa are eager to make use of new educational possibilities opening up to them. Bridging programmes aim to support these students in the adjustment required when the educational system has left them under-prepared for tertiary education. This study uses a developmental framework to look at the emotional and social nee...
Thesis
Skripsie (M.Soc. Sc.) - Universiteit van die Oranje-Vrystaat, 1992.

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Any opinions re conducting qualitative interviews through Skype? Any literature on the topic?
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Parents who experience mental health concerns might at times be unable to parent, or be hospitalised, thus separated from their children. At these times others have to take over, often the other parent or someone in the extended family. I am interested in research investigating their experiences. Also, what terms are used in the literature when referring to these 'alternative/additional carers'?

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Projects (10)
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Learning from parents about continuing living after the loss of a child and about continuing parenting through grief
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Considering birth families within safeguarding and child protection contexts. Considering the experiences of those working in the field of safeguarding and child protection
Archived project
The research looks at the stories of young people participating in the design and delivery of mental health services within the National Health Service in the UK. Interviews were used to explore young people’s experiences of participation, including co-production and peer-led projects. https://uhra.herts.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/2299/22722/15071286%20COLE%20Laura%20Final%20Version%20of%20DClinPsy%20Submission.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y