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Aviation Psychology: Clinical skills for working with air crew

19 April 2018 - 20 April 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Psychological problems among pilots are an insidious threat to safety because of impairments to task performance they entail.

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.

This includes 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 two-day workshop addresses the systemic and regulatory challenges in working with aircrew to equip Practitioner Psychologists with the knowledge and skills to match the increasing demand for psychological assessment and intervention 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.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand the unique and specific occupational context of air crew
  • Understand the role of psychologists and range of psychological assessments used in crew licensing
  • Learn about mental health problems and psychological problems that commonly present in aviation
  • Gain insight into psychological factors in flight safety
  • Familiarise delegates with the relevant theory, research and literature in this specialism.

Facilitator Professor Rob Bor CPsychol CSci FBPsS

Professor Robert Bor 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 a UKCP Registered Family Therapist. In the NHS, Rob is 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 MSc in Air Transport Management at City University, London, and on Aviation Medical Examiners’ CPD courses in the UK and USA. Rob is an Honorary Civilian Consultant to the Royal Air Force. He is listed on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honour in Washington D.C. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Scientist. 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 Margaret Oakes CPsychol
  • Dr Carina Eriksen CPsychol
  • Dr Peter Scragg CPsychol AFBPsS

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09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £498.00 (£415.00 +VAT)
Society Members £300.00 (£250.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 18 April 2018. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the File2018 Registration Form. 

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

For further information on booking please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: + 44 (0)1952 214065

BPS Events - Bookings
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