Mark Haydon-Laurelut, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Portsmouth


Mark Haydon-Laurelut, Ph.D. is a Systemic Psychotherapist in the UK’s National Health Service and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Marks work focuses on systemic social constructionist approaches to Disability, Learning Disability (Intellectual Disabilities) and Autism Spectrum Conditions. Marks introduction to the work of the Taos institute was completing the Taos and Houston Galveston Institutes Certificate in Social Construction and Therapeutic Practice with the supervision of Susan Swim Ph.D. Mark is the co-editor (with Victoria Jones) of Working with People with Learning Disability: Systemic Approaches (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2019) and the e-book (With Dr Karl Nunkoosing) ‘The relational basis of empowerment. The Need for Roots (Editors: John O’Brien & Simon Duffy) published by the Centre for Welfare Reform. Mark has given workshops and presentations around the world and is the author of numerous research articles, magazine articles and book chapters.


Book:  Jones, V & Haydon-Laurelut, M (2019). Working with People with Learning Disabilities: Systemic Approaches. London, Red Globe Press.

e-book:  Nunkoosing, K., & Haydon-Laurelut, M. (2013). The relational basis of empowerment. The Need for Roots, 1-43. (Editors: John O’Brien & Simon Duffy)

Haydon‐Laurelut, M., Edmonds, J., Daynes, S., Clare, A., Byles, R., & Barber, V. (2017). “Everyone thought I was a very very bad person… no one want to know you like the nurses and doctors”: Using focus groups to elicit the views of adults with learning disability who use challenging behaviour services. British Journal of Learning Disabilities

Haydon-Laurelut, M. A., & Nunkoosing, K. (2016). Causing trouble: the language of learning disability and challenging behaviour. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 21(3).

Haydon-Laurelut, M. (2016). Critical Systemic Therapy: Autism Stories and Disabled People with Learning Difficulties. In Runswick-Cole, Mallett & Timimi (Eds.), Re-Thinking Autism: Diagnosis, Identity and Equality (121-138). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Haydon-Laurelut, M. A. (2015). Disability: beyond individualization, psychologisation and medicalization. Metalogos, (27), 1-15.