Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with air crew

Prof. Dr. Robert Bor


June 29-30, 2017     9:30-17:30

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

Price: 750 CHF* (700 € or 600 £)         EAAP-members: 675 CHF* (630 € or 540 £)


This two-day workshop addresses the systemic and regulatory challenges in working with aircrew to equip Practitioner Psychologists to match an increasing demand for psychological assessment and intervention in aviation. Psychological problems among pilots are an insidious 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 critical roles.

The starting point for this is acknowleding and 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 assessed in the course of their duties or in simulators and they are subjected to scrupulous monitoring of their every action.

This workshop aims to equip practitioner psychologists 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.

Target audience

The workshop is primarily aimed at

  • practitioner psychologists from Clinical, Counselling and Occupational Psychology, and secondarily Forensic and Neuropsychology and Health Psychologists interesting in working within the airline industry. It assumes no prior skills or expertise in this specialist area.

  • CAA staff involved in the new rules affecting Air OPS Regulation incl. Annex I, II, IV, Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) Part-ARO, Part-CAT Air OPS, Part-MED

  • AMEs Aeromedical Examiners

  • HR Managers of CAT-Operators, Accountabe Managers

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*) SEPA Payment is the easiest way for the transfer the course fee.