Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with air crew


June 29-30, 2017     10:00 - 17:30

Location: HILTON ZURICH AIRPORT HOTEL, Hohenbuehlstrasse 10, CH-8152 Opfikon


Target audience

The workshop is primarily aimed at

  • HR managers of CAT-Operators, ,
  • AMEs (Aeromedical Examiners)
  • psychologists, physicians, psychiatrists,
  • safety managers, crew planners,
  • CAA staff involved in Air OPS, Part-ARO, Part-CAT Air OPS, Part-MED

This two-day workshop addresses the systemic and regulatory challenges in working with aircrew to equip HR manager, AMEs, psychologists, physicians, safety managers, crew planners, CAA inspectors ... to match an increasing demand for psychological assessment and intervention in aviation. Psychological problems among pilots are a threat to safety because of impairments to task performance. Crew licensing authorities worldwide specify the minimum medical requirements crew must meet to be able to fly, and psychologists have an increasingly important role in screening and supporting aviation personnel who work in safety critical roles.

The starting point for this is understanding what makes being a pilot unique - pilots have no office, work shifts, are required to undertake multiple tasks at 35,000 feet, and are frequently absent from home and their regular social support. They are constantly checked in the course of their duties or in simulators and they are subjected to scrupulous monitoring of every action.

This workshop aims to equip participants with the relevant concepts, underpinning research and skills to begin working with pilots and other occupational groups in aviation. It covers six broad topics:

  1. The work and personal lives of pilots and cabin crew
  2. Pilot medical licensing requirements, with an emphasis on psychological, psychiatric and neurological exclusions
  3. Common mental health problems among pilots
  4. Psychological assessment and reporting on findings from aptitude, mental health, personality and neuropsychological tests
  5. Adapting psychological interventions for aircrew
  6. An overview of the psychology of human factors and air safety and disaster support.

Remote access impossible for this workshop!