Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!

Posted June 1, 2023, 3:19 p.m. by Lieutenant Séan Iven (Counselor) (Matt Evans)

Posted by Captain Jonathan McBride (CO, USS Centurion) in Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!

Posted by Lieutenant Séan Iven (Counselor) in Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!

Posted by Captain Jonathan McBride (CO, USS Centurion) in Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!
Posted by… suppressed (2) by the Post Ghost! 👻


Jonathan ordered the coffees and set them down before retaking his seat. “You may, but there are civilian mental health professional working at Sacred Heart. Your department does have twenty to twenty-five thousand people to manage, but there may be times when the hospital will call us for extra hands on deck. We haven’t experienced that yet since I’ve been here, so I can’t say for sure what that looks like, just that we are ready to help out if needed.” He took a moment to take a generous couple of sips of his coffee, letting it wash away some of the stress for a brief moment. Even if he was an easy going person, there was a lot going on around the place.

Captain McBride, Starfleet CO

Séan was shocked when McBride said the amount of potential patients. No wonder Mika was so frazzled seeming when he had first met her. “That is a lot more people than on a starship.” He softly stated the obvious then took a drink from his own coffee. “Is that just Starfleet personnel? Lieutenant Mika mentioned that Oed’s population was around four million, so if we were called in to provide counselling with those sort of numbers it’d be a mad house.”

Counselor Iven

Jonathan studied Iven for a moment. “Civilian populations don’t have required check-ins, unlike Starfleet personnel. And yes, the number I mentioned is for Starfleet only. Even in a worst case scenario, not all four million people on Oed are going to need mental health services at the same time, so try not to look at it as everyone is your patient. They won’t be. And except in a crisis situation, Sacred Heart isn’t going to be calling you for backup. They have a good system of their own. Ours looks a little different even though we share medical services given that beyond whatever our small infirmary handles, our personnel are treated at the hospital too. But the medical side of things is a bit more complicated than the mental health side.”

Captain McBride, Starfleet CO

Séan nodded in understanding. “I figured we wouldn’t be looking at everyone on the planet but even a percentage would have been crazy,” He shrugged then grinned. “I still have my work cut out for me with the numbers we do have.” He finished off the coffee in his cup and set it on the desk in front of him. “I’m glad to have my expectations readjusted Captain, thank you for the information. Did you have any questions for me while I’m here?”

Counselor Iven

He sipped from his cup. “To be honest, I barely get a chance to read people’s personnel files in any detail before they arrive, which I’m sure you can understand now. So I don’t know what to ask, but I think it would be good for me to know what experience you bring to Oed that you think will be useful here. I like to have an idea of strengths and weaknesses for when we formulate teams for different projects or training.”

Captain McBride, Starfleet CO

Séan grabbed his cup off the desk and stood. “Mind if I get myself another?”

On his way to the replicator he talked over his shoulder. “This will be my sixth posting. My last two were as the CNS and Chief of Psychology on ships in Pioneer fleet. I’ve learned to coordinate well with my subordinates during stressful and traumatic emergencies. The last posting I was on before I went on medical leave we were directed to provide aid to a group of Romulan refugees.” He finished getting his coffee refilled and returned to sit in front of the desk.

He took a sip before he continued the story. “A Starfleet media crew was accompanying us, though thankfully my team had little interaction with them, but still the crew were on edge because of that. So we had to intervene with the refugees as they were not doing well mental health wise or physically for that matter. It’s a good thing it was a medical cruiser to accommodate all of the need. The hardest part of that humanitarian mission were the orphans. A bunch of kids in varying stages of shock and understanding. It didn’t help that the supplies were being unevenly distributed between them and the adults, so I made sure to have enough hygiene products, food, and toys in our tent for when the children visited.”

Counselor Iven

Posts on Oed V

In topic

Posted since

© 1991-2023 STF. Terms of Service

Version 1.13.2