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Old 11-10-2008, 08:38 AM
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I served on a ship with about 400 personnel for four years. We had a high operational tempo, meaning lots of sea time. I think we did quite well without the need for a psychologist on board.

A psychologist at shore facilities? Absolutely. The mental health of Naval personnel is just as important as their physical health. But those that need that sort of care/counseling should be given temporary duty ashore to help them deal with it. Just my opinion.

For Galaxy-class ships with families aboard, I'd say, yes, you need a counselor because you're putting civilians and children into what often proved to be a dangerous environment that could traumatize developing personalities. But, for a purely "military" vessel (i.e., no families aboard), keep the counselors at starbases and other permanent Starfleet installations and save that billet for something really required.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:22 AM
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If you go by non-cannon novels and such, that actually becomes her primary role, with counselor being secondary when she serves on the USS Titan.
Yep. And in the recent post-Nemesis TNG novels, Picard's new counselor on the Enterprise-E doesn't have a position on the bridge as he's not involved in command decisions like Troi was. Instead, that chair is now reserved for the ship's new contact specialist, who deals mainly with encountering new life-forms.
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If you go by non-cannon novels and such, that actually becomes her primary role, with counselor being secondary when she serves on the USS Titan.

I think we all know what her primary position was when she served aboard the Titan, <nudge-nudge, wink-wink, know what I mean... SAY NO MORE!>
Imagine the Captain's recommendation..."Commander Troi has served under me for many years now, functioning in a variety of positions and providing many services..."
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