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School of Army Aviation Medicine

AEROMEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING

WELCOME INFORMATION

Welcome to the School of Army Aviation Medicine (SAAM) Aeromedical Psychology Training Course (6H-F27) located at Fort Rucker, Alabama. You will find this website containing course information helpful in answering most questions.

AEROMEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING COURSE (6H-F27)

Aeromedical Psychology is the application of clinical psychology principles, methods, and techniques to address individual and group issues within the aviation community. It is an extension of military psychology involving elements of community and occupational health psychology.

About the Course

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CE STATEMENT 

This event is sponsored through the Department of Behavioral Health, Brooke Army Medical Center.  Department of Behavioral Health, Brooke Army Medical Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Department of Behavioral Health, Brooke Army Medical Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content Forty-Four (44) credit hours of CE’s, including 3 Ethics CE credits will be given for full attendance at the Aeromedical Psychology Training Course.  No partial credit will be provided. A sign-in /sign-out sheet, as well as an evaluation form must be completed in order to receive CE credits and a certificate.

Curriculum Information

PREREQUISITES

The course is open to doctoral level clinical, counseling, and research psychologists of the Department of Defense (DoD). Clinical and counseling psychology applicants for the APTC must have completed their pre-doctoral internship. If dissertation is not completed, a dissertation defense date must be scheduled. The course is open to DoD civilian psychologists with the specified background as well. Psychologists working with the DoD as contractors will not be considered for attendance unless the individual`s contract specifically indicates a need to attend the Aeromedical Psychology Training Course. The contract must also specify participation in the hypobaric chamber and dunker-HEEDS training. A Class 3 flight physical is required for all APTC participants.

In order to enroll in the course, one must have been determined to be medically qualified (e.g., the flight physical has been submitted and dispositioned by AAMA). A DD-2992 signed by the flight surgeon and the local commander must be obtained from the unit. Further guidance regarding the flight physical is located in the “Flight Physical” section of this site.  Active Duty SMs who cannot get medical waivers may still attend the course with an MFR submitted from AMEDD Consultant to the Course Director and SAAM Dean requesting the SM attend the course without approved medical waivers.  Rationale for exception to policy must be included in the MFR.

Security Clearance required: “SECRET”

FLIGHT PHYSICALS.  WHO MUST HAVE A FLIGHT PHYSICAL? A CURRENT CLASS III FLYING DUTY MEDICAL EXAMINATION (FDME) IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.  Click Here for more information.

AEROMEDICAL POLICY LETTERS

Behavioral health providers who work with Army aircrew need to be aware that there are rules and regulations that govern if they are allowed to fly. A behavioral l health diagnosis that may not affect the working status of the average soldier may mandate that an aviator/aircrew member is grounded. (DNIF = Duties Not Including Flying).

It is essential that behavioral health providers working with aircrew familiarize themselves with the US Army Aeromedical Policy Letters, specifically the Psychiatric Waivers section. AR 40-501, chapter 6 is also very helpful in determining administrative information regarding medical/mental conditions and flight status.

If you have a patient who by policy should be grounded or is in your opinion unsafe to fly, you must contact the local flight surgeon as soon as possible to make him/her aware of the situation. You should also complete paperwork to ground the aircrew member (DA Form 2992). If you do not know how to officially ground an aircrew member, contact your flight surgeon. You may also contact the SAAM Aeromedical Psychology Branch Chief (see contact information).

Funding and Enrollment Click here for the blank APTC Student Data sheet.

Course Director
DSN: 558-7425
Commercial: (334) 255-7425

Course NCOIC
DSN: 558-7041
Commercial: (334) 255-7041