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Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with aircrew


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Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with aircrew

21-22 September 2017

Public and industry attention has been forced to focus on the psychological wellbeing of pilots and a lack of clinical psychological skill in aviation. 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.

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Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with aircrew 21-22 September 2017 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 pre-training psychological screening, assessing licensed crew, preparing reports for crew licensing authorities and in supporting aviation personnel who work in safety critical roles in order to prevent mental health problems from arising in the first place. Recent aviation accidents have highlighted the importance of psychological issues in flight safety, and the starting point is an understanding what makes being a pilot unique. Pilots have no office, work shifts, are required to undertake multiple tasks at 35,000 feet, are frequently absent from home and their regular social support and travel across time zones leading to fatigue. They are constantly assessed in the course of their duties or in simulators; their health is comprehensively checked at least annually 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: (a) The work and personal lives of pilots and cabin crew (b) Pilot medical licensing requirements, with an emphasis on psychological, psychiatric and neurological exclusions (c) Common mental health problems among pilots (d) Psychological assessment and reporting on findings from aptitude, mental health, personality and neuropsychological tests (e) Adapting psychological interventions for aircrew, and (f) An overview of the psychology of human factors and air safety and disaster support.

Additional Information

Conference Date 21 - 22 September
Start Date 21 Sep 2017
End Date 22 Sep 2017