Close Quarters: Counseling Aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear

Erin E. Currie, Portland State University
Ian J. Wallace, California State University Maritime Academy

© 2020 American Psychological Association.


The mental health practice setting of the maritime training cruise provides an uncommon combination of opportunities and challenges from college and maritime military counseling. This article addresses the opportunities available in a clinical role that allows the clinician to be an active member of the community they serve and promote mental health among the next generation of maritime workers. The challenges addressed include promoting mental health in a setting in which emotional expression and mental health treatment are stigmatized, accompanied by disincentives for help-seeking behavior, as well as the potential risks of multiple relationships and limited confidentiality. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)