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Temas em Psicologia

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PIRES, Ana Cláudia Tolentino  e  BRAGA, Tânia Moron Saes. The psychologist in public health: professional education and insertion. Temas psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.1, pp. 151-162. ISSN 1413-389X.

This study is a review of the literature regarding the psychologist 's insertion in the Brazilian public health system, his professional education and performance. It was observed that Psychology regulation as a profession occurred 45 years ago, and the psychologist 's insertion in public health only happened 20 years later, but even so it was non-contextualized and related only to mental health issues. According to authors, however, health psychology cannot be limited to mental health, but to the development of practices that may meet the needs of the population in a larger context. As for professional education, it is recommended that the emphasis should be placed on improving theoretical and technological knowledge in addition to curricular practices that may favor and give support to their performance models, as well as extend their service to a global context, particularly focusing on the local needs and proposals directed to public health.

Palavras-chave : Health psychology; Public health; Psychologist education; Psychologist performance.

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