An introduction to the clinical skills for working with air crew

17 June 2024 - 18 June 2024London
  • Clinical
From £450 (+VAT)
Overhead view of plane on runway
In person

Public and industry attention has been forced to focus on the psychological wellbeing of aircrew, especially pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance engineers and cabin crew, and a need for developed and specialist psychological skills 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.

The workshop will introduce the main general clinical skills applied in Aviation Psychology. 

This is currently the only aviation psychology course available globally.

Target Audience

The workshop is primarily aimed at practitioner psychologists from Clinical, Counselling and Occupational Psychology, and secondarily Forensic and Neuropsychology and Health Psychologists interested in working within the airline industry.

It assumes no prior skills or expertise in this specialist area. It is an introductory workshop.

By the end of this workshop you will: 

  1. Understand the unique and specific occupational context of air crew. 
  2. Understand the role of psychologists and range of psychological assessments used in crew licensing. 
  3. Understand about some mental health problems and psychological problems that commonly present in aviation. 
  4. Be aware of psychological factors in flight safety. 
  5. Be familiar with the relevant theory, research and literature in this specialism. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Professor Robert Bar

Professor Robert Bor CPsychol CSci FBPsS HonFRAeS UKCP Reg EuroPsy is a BPS Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Aviation Psychologist registered with the European Association for Aviation Psychology, where he also serves on the Board.  In the NHS, Rob was formerly Lead Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Drawing on his experience as a practising psychologist and a pilot, he and his colleagues provide assessment and treatment services to the airline industry.

He teaches on the  Aviation Medical Examiners' courses at Kings College, London. He is the Civilian Psychologist to the Royal Air Force and serves on the ICAO Mental Health Working Group and European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI). Rob is the co-editor of several core aviation psychology textbooks. He is a Director of the Centre for Aviation Psychology. In 2017, he received the highest award in aviation, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is listed on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honour in Washington D.C.He is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and also holds the Freedom of the City of London. Rob is a Churchill Fellow. 

Dr Alastair Gray

Dr Alastair Gray PhD, D Clin Psych, PG Dip Neuropsych, AFBPS, C Psychol - After completing his PhD investigating differing neuropsychological profiles of neurodegenerative conditions, Alastair undertook his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, before starting work in the NHS. Initially working in community mental health teams, Alastair specialised in neuropsychological assessment and worked for a number of NHS services in London before moving to East Anglia to manage similar teams there. 

Now working full time in the private sector, Alastair works with patients following serious accidents and associated trauma. His work can include anything from supporting a patient with common mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression through to full neuropsychological assessments with a view to getting the patient's life back on track or in the air. In addition, Alastair has incorporated his longstanding passion for aviation into his private practice and after completing specialist training in Aviation Psychology with the British Psychological Society, he now applies over 20 years of clinical psychology experience to the unique world of air crew mental health and well-being. Through his membership of the British Air Display Association, Alastair has provided specialist teaching on anxiety management for display pilots, and is also a member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology. 



  • Non members: £750 (+VAT) 
  • Society Members: £450 (+VAT)  
  • EAAP members: £600 (+VAT) 


Bookings for this workshop will close at 11:00 on Thursday 15 June 2023.

Please note: tickets will not be available on the door, only those registered will be allowed into the workshop session. 


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