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Pilot Mental Health Assessment and Support
A practitioner's guide

ISBN 9781138222038
Published December 19, 2016 by Routledge
434 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.