|Preform psychological evaluations. Counsel people with mental problems. Prescribe antidepressants. Perform religious services.|
|Alternative names: Psychiatrist, Chaplain|
|SGEC branch ranks: Ensign(O-1)|
|Fleet branch ranks: Sub-lieutenant(O-2), Ensign(O-1)|
|Civ branch ranks: Contractor|
|Part of the|
Head of Department |
Chief Medical Officer
The Counselor is the primary person responsible for the mental health and well-being of all personnel aboard the SEV Torch. While Physicians and Medical Technicians are largely tasked with the physical well-being of the various persons aboard the Torch, the Counselor is concerned with their psychological health. They are also responsible for supplying religious services to crew who desire them, and for performing funeral rites.
As with other Medical personnel, the Counselor answers directly to the Chief Medical Officer.
The Counselor's role is the one with the smallest direct connection to normal Medical work. Counselors do not perform surgery, administer medication, or stabilize critical patients. They do not retrieve casualties in the field, create medicines, or cure diseases. Unlike the rest of the Infirmary staff, the Counselor has no official responsibility towards treating patients' various injuries.
Rather, the Counselor is responsible for ensuring the mental health - or at least stability - of the crew. The job has almost no mechanical side, and is heavily role-play based. Check through the Medical records of the crew to see if anyone has recently failed a psychiatric exam, or been prescribed antidepressants. Interview stressed-out members of the crew to see if you can help them to relax and move past their worries. Hold group therapy sessions in the Chapel - or, for bonus points, the Bar. Interact with people. Have fun role-playing.
If the Chaplain title is selected, the Counselor will also generally be considered to be in charge of performing religious services. They may have their own preferred denomination, but ultimately the Chaplain is there to provide spiritual guidance to the entire crew, regardless of faith. Holding sermons, taking confession, and performing funeral rites are all the purview of the Chaplain.
In the case of an outbreak of Satanism or other cults, the Chaplain suddenly becomes mechanically important as well. The Chaplain alone can identify cult members, and can potentially free them from the chains of their new masters using a Bible or their other religious trappings.