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Qualified [[psychiatrist]]s served aboard [[starship]]s during the [[23rd century]]. ({{TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before|Dagger of the Mind}}) Occasionally, the role of [[chief medical officer]] and counselor were combined in the 23rd century, with medical officers also having expertise in [[space psychology]]; an example of this is [[Doctor]] [[Leonard McCoy]]. ({{TOS|Court Martial}})
 
Qualified [[psychiatrist]]s served aboard [[starship]]s during the [[23rd century]]. ({{TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before|Dagger of the Mind}}) Occasionally, the role of [[chief medical officer]] and counselor were combined in the 23rd century, with medical officers also having expertise in [[space psychology]]; an example of this is [[Doctor]] [[Leonard McCoy]]. ({{TOS|Court Martial}})
   
By the mid-[[24th century]], starship and [[starbase]] crews included a counselor, who was responsible for the mental well-being of the crew and civilian staff. The position was considered vital enough that it warranted inclusion in the [[senior staff]] of the Federation [[flagship]]; in that instance at least, the ship's counselor also had a diplomatic role, advising the {{dis|captain|rank}} in [[first contact]]s and other situations.
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By the mid-[[24th century]], starship and [[starbase]] crews included a counselor, who was responsible for the mental well-being of the crew and civilian staff. The position was considered vital enough that it warranted inclusion in the [[senior staff]] of the Federation [[flagship]]; in that instance at least, the ship's counselor also had a diplomatic role, advising the [[captain]] in [[first contact]]s and other situations.
   
 
As with the [[chief medical officer]], the ship's counselor has the power to relieve other officers and crewmembers of duty if he or she feels that their patient is suffering from a condition that may hinder their ability to perform their duties effectively, including the ships captain.
 
As with the [[chief medical officer]], the ship's counselor has the power to relieve other officers and crewmembers of duty if he or she feels that their patient is suffering from a condition that may hinder their ability to perform their duties effectively, including the ships captain.
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