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Age appropriate CBT with older people – Atelier en Anglais !

| Ateliers cliniques - Adultes | Chêne-Bourg

!!! Atelier en anglais !!!

Ken Laidlaw (University of Exeter, UK)

Age appropriate CBT with older people 


Date et salle :   samedi 5 mars 2022, HUG, Belle-Idée, Les Champs, Genève

Horaire :           9h00 – 17h00

Prix :       membres ASPCo Frs 180.- /non membres Frs 280.- psychologues et psychiatres formés ou en formation

Délai d’inscription :         25 février 2022.  Les inscriptions sur place restent possibles mais sont majorées de Frs 10.-

Modalité de paiement :   en cas de désistement une semaine avant l’atelier ou si un(e) participant(e) inscrit(e) n’assiste pas à l’atelier, 20% de frais seront facturés.




This workshop provides an overview of the science and practice of CBT with older people. Attendees at the workshops will be provided with an understanding of contemporary ageing and will be provided with practical knowledge about normal ageing in order to effectively assess, formulate the problems faced by clients and to use these to develop age appropriate  CBT interventions with older people.

CBT is particularly appropriate as an intervention for older people as it is skills enhancing, present-oriented, problem-focused, straightforward to use and effective. While depression and the anxiety disorders in later life are often misunderstood as a ‘natural’ consequence of challenges and losses associated with ageing. This workshop helps therapists examine how CBT can be very empowering of older people in bringing about positive changes regardless of their chronological age. Delegates will be introduced to the concept of lifeskills and wisdom enhancement in CBT in order to draw upon older people’s psychological resources to overcome difficulties and to promote greater self-compassionate. This workshop provides a number of key clinical examples that showcase some of the challenges therapists may face when working with older people who may present with chronic and complex anxiety and depression.

While CBT for late life depression in later life is the most systematically researched psychological treatment approach for use with older people, much less emphasis has been placed on understanding process issues in working with older people. This workshop will address these process issues and provides an overview of a new age appropriate approach to CBT that builds upon traditional Beck models of CBT. The main elements of an age-appropriate approach to CBT outlined in the day are attitudes to ageing, cohort values at a generational and familial level, optimizing functioning in comorbidity, age-appropriate case conceptualization and wisdom enhancement.


What you will learn:

  • How global demographic change will inevitably change the way we work with older people.
  • How to understand what is normal ageing and use that to promote an expectation of symptom change in therapy.
  • How to apply existing CBT Knowledge, and skills competently with older people.
  • How to assess and formulate CBT with older people
  • How to apply CBT with older people who present with age-related challenges (e.g physical comorbidity in depression and anxiety disorders).
  • How to apply age appropriate CBT techniques to use lifeskills and enhance wisdom.


Topics covered:

  • Brief introduction to ageing demographics & normal ageing
  • Fundamentals of CBT with Older People & the application of CBT with Older People
  • The evidence base of CBT for late life depression and the anxiety disorders.
  • How CBT approaches are different when working with Older People: Aligning therapist and client expectation for symptom and behavior change.
  • Dealing with realistic age-related challenges: Using selection, optimization with compensation (SOC) to enhance functioning.
  • Age-Appropriate CBT with older people: Understanding, valuing and using lifeskills in CBT to empower and enhance wisdom, wellbeing and quality of life.


Short biography


Professor Ken Laidlaw, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Program Director of the DClinPsy Clinical Psychology Training Program as well as Director of Postgraduate Research Programs within CEDAR (Clinical Education, Development and Research) at the University of Exeter. Professor Laidlaw has devoted his professional career to enhancing the wellbeing of older people through the application of CBT. Dissatisfied with prevailing ideas that depression was a natural outcome of ageing, and at the time, the accepted logical that CBT was not efficacious with older people, he has worked to overcome myths, misconceptions, and unhelpful stereotypes. In recent years, Professor Laidlaw has been developing age appropriate techniques within CBT to augment this efficacious treatment. In 2000, Professor Laidlaw was priviliged to spend a year with Professors Beck in Philadelphia as a visiting scholar.

Currently, Professor Laidlaw is a Practitioner Psychologist Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He maintains ongoing research activity in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for late life depression and anxiety, especially with complex, chronic and comorbid conditions having published more than 100 papers, books, book chapters and practitioner reports, etc. He has established research links with colleagues in the US, Australia and Scandinavia. He carried out the first UK RCT of CBT for late life depression, and more recently (2017) published the first age-comparison meta-analysis of CBT for late life GAD. Research interests revolve around late life depression and the anxiety disorders, applied research in gerontology and quality of life and attitudes to ageing. Ken was the lead researcher on the development of a cross-cultural attitudes to ageing (AAQ) measure sponsored by WHO piloted (n = 1900) and field-trialled (N = 5500) in 19 countries worldwide (see Laidlaw et al, 2007; 2018), and subsequently published in a number of peer-reviewed papers with international collaborators. In recent years Ken has regularly presented keynotes and workshops at the European and World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.




  • Laidlaw, K. (2015) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Older People: An Introduction. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-84920-459-0.
  • Laidlaw, K. & Knight, B.G (Eds.,). (2008) Handbook of the Assessment and Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Late Life: A Guide to Concepts and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-856945-9.
  • Laidlaw, K., Thompson, L.W., Siskin-Dick, L., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2003) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Older People. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-47111-1.
  • Laidlaw, K. (2021). CBT with Older People, in Wenzel, A. (ed.), The American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Vol. 2 Applications. Washington DC. APA. ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3350-2
  • Laidlaw, K & Wilkinson, P. (2020). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, in Denning, T., Thomas, A., Stewart, R., & Taylor, J.P. (Eds), The Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. OUP.
  • Bilbrey, A.C., Laidlaw, K., Cassidy-Eagle, E., Thompson, L.W. Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2020). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Late Life Depression: Evidence, Issues, and Recommendations. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice.

  • Chan, Y, Bahr, S., Davison, T., Doyle, C., Knight, B., Koder, D., Laidlaw, K., Pachana, N., Wells, Y., Wuthrich, V. (2021). Characteristics of cognitive behavioural therapy for older adults living in residential care: A systematic review. Aging & Mental Health, 25 (2), 187-205.
  • Kishita, N. & Laidlaw, K. (2017). Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Is CBT Equally Effective in Adults of Working Age and Older Adults? Clinical Psychology Review, 52, 124-136.
  • Laidlaw, K. & Kishita, N. (2015) Age Appropriate Augmented CBT for Enhancing Treatment Outcome with Older People. Geropsych: The Journals of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry. 28, 57-66.
Age appropriate CBT with older people – Atelier en Anglais !
samedi 5 mars 2022
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  • Les ateliers sont ouverts aux psychologues et psychiatres formés ou en formation.
  • Pour les ateliers les inscriptions sur place restent possibles mais sont majorées de CHF 10.–.
  • En cas de désistement une semaine avant l’atelier, 20% de frais seront facturés. Après ce délai, ou si un(e) participant(e) inscrit(e) n’assiste pas à l’atelier, aucun remboursement ne sera effectué.