1st Edition

Pilot Mental Health Assessment and Support A practitioner's guide

    434 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The presentation of mental illness at work has different implications and consequences depending on the specific nature of the job, work context, regulatory framework and risks for the employee, organisation and society. Naturally there are certain occupational groups where human factors and/or mental illness could impair safety and mental acuity, and with potentially devastating consequences. For pilots, the medical criteria for crew licensing are stipulated by regulatory aviation authorities worldwide, and these include specific mental illness exclusions. The challenge of assessment for mental health problems is, however, complex and the responsibility for psychological screening and testing falls to a range of different specialists and groups including AMEs (authorised aviation medical examiners), GPs and physicians, airline human resources departments, psychologists, human factor specialists and pilots themselves.

    Extending and developing the ideas of Aviation Mental Health (2006), which described a range of psychological issues and problems that may affect pilots and the consequences of these, this book presents an authoritative, comprehensive and practical guide to modern, evidence-based practice in the field of mental health assessment, treatment and care. It features contributions from experts in the field drawn from several countries, professions and representing a range of aviation-related organisations, displaying a range of different skills and methods that can be used for the clinical assessment of pilots and in relation to specific mental-health problems and syndromes.

    Foreword Robert Bor, Carina Eriksen, Margaret Oakes and Peter Scragg

    Chapter 1. Pilot mental health in the modern era: headlines and reality

    Robert Bor, Carina Eriksen, Margaret Oakes, and Peter Scragg

    Section A: Pilot Selection Assessments

    Chapter 2. Pilot selection: an overview of aptitude and ability testing

    Monica Martinussen

    Chapter 3. The role of assessment in pilot selection

    Carl Hoffmann and Arianna Hoffmann

    Chapter 4. Personality assessment of airline pilot applicants

    James N Butcher

    Section B: Pilot Clinical Assessments

    Chapter 5. Between the joystick and the seat; getting inside pilots’ minds using clinical interviewing

    Paul Dickens

    Chapter 6. The practicalities of clinical history-taking and mental state assessments of pilots

    Robert Bor, Carina Eriksen, Peter Scragg and Margaret Oakes

    Chapter 7. Neuropsychological assessment

    Sarah Mackenzie Smith

    Chapter 8. Assessment of personality

    Paul Harris

    Chapter 9. The role and scope of psychological testing in risk reduction

    Pooshan Navathe and Shruti Navathe

    Chapter 10. Assessment for fatigue among pilots

    Ries Simons

    Chapter 11. Assessment following incidents, accidents and trauma

    Morten Kjellesvig

    Chapter 12. The practicalities of fitting mental health screening into the time-limited annual check and the problems of confidentiality

    Martin Hudson and Kevin Herbert

    Section C: Mental Health, Wellbeing and Support for pilots

    Chapter 13. The use of psychotropic medications and fitness to fly

    Rui Correia

    Chapter 14. Human factors and factor of the human – pilot performance and pilot mental health

    Nicklas Dahlstrom

    Chapter 15. Promoting mental health and wellbeing in aviation

    Ben Campion

    Chapter 16. Stigma associated with mental illness among air crew

    Todd Hubbard

    Chapter 17. Personal stressors associated with being a pilot

    Cristina Albuquerque and Maria Fonseca

    Chapter 18. Promoting good psychological health among pilots

    Carina Eriksen and Robert Bor

    Chapter 19. Behavioural dynamics on the flight deck and implications for mental health

    Benjamin Lawler and Martin Casey

    Chapter 20. Peer to peer pilot support & development programmes for pilots: time for a holistic approach

    Gerhard Fahnenbruck and Gunnar Steinhardt

    Chapter 21. Pilot peer support programmes for pilots

    Sean Gibbs

    Chapter 22. Pilots’ emotions in the cockpit

    Vergard Nergard and Bengt Svendsen


    Robert Bor, DPhil CPsychol CSci FBPsS FRAeS UKCP Reg, is a Registered and Chartered Clinical Counselling and Health Psychologist, Registered Aviation Psychologist and Co-Director of the Centre for Aviation Psychology.

    Carina Eriksen, MSc DipPsych CPsychol FBPsS BABCP, is an HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Registered Aviation Psychologist.

    Margaret Oakes, MA (Cantab) MSc, Dip Psych, DPsych, CPsychol, is a Counselling Psychologist and airline pilot.

    Peter Scragg, BSc PsychD FBPsS, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Principal Teaching Fellow at University College London.