Ken Laidlaw

Ken Laidlaw

Professor Ken Laidlaw, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology at UEA has over 20 years of clinical experience with older people. Ken conducted the first UK RCT of individual CBT with Older People.

Location Norwich, Norfolk


  • Ken Laidlaw made a comment

    Dear All
    Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to add comments and reflections here. There are many people who have put this course together and I know that it matters to all of us that it is helpful and accessible. Your comments are helpful, encouraging and very often inspiring. Thank you!

  • Hi Linda May. I agree and I am so pleased if you have enjoyed the course. Thank you for posting.

  • I agree.

  • Dear Maureen thank you for your post. CBT did help her, well, in reality she helped herself and was able to make some important changes in her life.

  • Thank you Joy. I have enormous respect for the people I work with and have always considered it an enormous privilege to hear people's stories and to be part of their journey for a little while.

  • Hi Rebecca B, thanks for your posting and for reminding us of Viktor Frankl's book. I love that book too.

  • Hi Myke. The timeline is real and only identifying details are changed. Some of the details in the TL are not addressed or discussed in the case example because of time and space considerations.
    I hope this helps. Many thanks for engaging with the course. Much appreciated.

  • Thank you Steve, that is good to know.


  • Hi Maureen and Jude. Thanks for your comments and sorry if the midline confuses. There is no significance to it as people can complete the timeline as they wish. Some people ignore the midline and write across it and some people use the separation to have positives one side and negatives on the other. I just respect how people complete the task. Hope this...

  • Hi@LindaMay The timeline midline was really just done that way to connect the horizontal lines. People sometimes use the midline to put positives one side and negatives the other. I like to respect how people approach the task and therefore have kept the format as is but have thought about putting the connecting line at the left side of the paper.

  • Hi Thanks for your comment. I think it may be useful changing the midline in future.

  • Thank you Steve. I hope you find your timeline helpful.

  • Hi Jane
    What a great comment and very well said. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Hi@RobertorBob
    I am so glad you are able to look back over your life and recognise your achievements. You are right we all make mistakes and we can't still have regrets. I don't think all people look bad on life and see a catalogue of mistakes or failings and it is not necessarily the case all depressed older people do either but some people do and it...

  • Thank you Joy. I am pleased you have been getting so much out of this course.
    In my clinical experience I find it inspirational doing the timelines with people in terms of how they reassess and use their experiences to empower themselves.

  • HI Dorothee
    Thanks for your posting! I like your summary of the timeline intervention in CBT and you captured it perfectly.

  • @KathrineKatt Hi It sounded like you were in a difficult situation. I hope it has resolved. No need to apologise.

  • @judecomber, sorry to read about your situation. It sounds like you’re dealing with a lot of difficult things at the moment. Thanks to Mary and Jennie for their words of encouragement. But if you feel you’d like some extra support, remember that Samaritans are always there if you need to talk on 116 123 – you can send an email or text if you’d prefer to talk...

  • Dear @RussellMorgan
    We have added the diagram at the bottom of this page. You can now download this as a pdf

  • Hi Martin
    I hope you will stick with week 3 then as you may find that the tone and technicality of the discussion changes and there may be something of use for everyone. I hope you'll send me your thoughts.

  • You are very welcome!

  • Ken Laidlaw made a comment

    Dear All

    I noted that a few of you were asking for a workbook mentioned in the text. I have had a CBT workbook that I used to use in workshops I did for CBT with Older People added at the bottom of this page under the key messages. I hope you find this workbook helpful as it provides some additional information on the basics of CBT and it has a number of...

  • Dear@HarrySmith
    I have added a CBT workbook from 2010 that I used to use as part of a workshop on CBT with older people. I hope you find it helpful. It has been added to the bottom of the page

  • Dear Russell, and Nicola the diagram has been added as a pdf at the bottom of the page.

  • The formulation diagram has now been added at the bottom of the page.

  • Dear Margaret
    I have added a pdf of the formulation so you can view it now.
    In mixed anxiety and depression, for CBT you need to think, in a day to day situation, what symptoms cause the most problems for the individual. In a discussion with your client you can work out what causes the most problems and formulate accordingly. You could, for example, see that...

  • Hi Jennifer and Juliet, A pdf of this formulation has now been added at the bottom of the page for you to download and that ought to help.

  • Dear All
    I noticed a few of you were having trouble reading the text in the example formulation. Actually the formulation principles rather than the formulation itself were the key messages for today. I do understand that it can be a little frustrating if you want to find out more by looking at the example in more detail. So I went away and dug out the...

  • @ShantiRao
    Hi yes there are. In many ways to identify a core belief, such as I am a failure, or I am a screw-up, then you look for patterns in how a person talks to themselves. very often people bully themselves and undermine themselves and don't even notice while at the same time they are exceptionally compassionate and supportive to other people dealing...

  • Hi All, I don't really think there is any significance in whether you see the older or the younger lady first. The key thing is how our brains are hard-wired to resolve ambiguous information in one definitive point of view. So once we see one view we don't usually find it helpful to scan for alternatives.
    This idea can be useful when we think about negative...

  • Dear Susan

    Thank you for providing such a positive supportive comment. I agree, stick with it Margaret!

  • Dear All

    Stick with it as this is where it gets very technical and complex. This section will probably make most sense to people with previous knowledge and experience of CBT.

    If I could simplify this section I would do so as follows:

    We all have our own psychological makeup, or profile. We tend to look at things in an unique way. Very rarely do we...

  • Oops!
    Sorry when I was providing guidance on understanding scores for the AAQ I should have said that high scores on the Physical Change sub scale (items 7 + 8 + 11 + 13 + 14 + 16 + 23 + 24 ) indicate a more positive attitude to ageing. I am sorry for confusing people.
    If you want to figure out a 'positive' attitudes to ageing profile, it would be higher...

  • Dear All
    A number of you have asked for some guidance on interpreting the AAQ scores. This questionnaire was developed from 5566 older people from across the world as 20 WHO centres took part in recruitment. I At the time the group was keen not to have what are called 'cut off scores' but I understand that when you complete something like this you want to...

  • Hi Maureen and Michelle
    Thanks for posting! There are many different exemplars we could have chosen and Fauna and Hedda are thought-provoking as they inspire us to see what is possible. In my clinical work, I meet lots of people who face very challenging situations and are as inspirational as Hedda and Fauja. I have learnt in working with my clients over the...

  • Hello Everyone, I am so pleased to see the range, experience and interests of everyone who has joined our course. There are lots of people who put this type of Programme together and I would like to thank Alicia, Andy, Stephen, Mitchell and Paul for all their efforts from within UEA. I think you only ever get out of something what you put into it. From looking...