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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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RASERA, Emerson F.  and  ISSA, Carmem Lucia Graminha. Psychological practices at AIDS/NGOs. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.3, pp. 566-575. ISSN 1414-9893.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, Psychology has contributed in the fight against AIDS through psychological care for those living with AIDS, their relatives and STD/AIDS prevention. Related to the AIDS social movement, a new context of work for psychologists emerged: the AIDS non-governmental organizations. Considering the scarcity of Brazilian literature about the contribution of Psychology in this context, the objective of this article is to describe the psychological practices developed at an AIDS non-governmental organization in Ribeirão Preto/São Paulo/Brazil, the Grupo Humanitário de Incentivo à Vida. The diversity of activities performed by psychologists in this NGO goes from individual psychotherapy and coordination of different types of group to the organization of the structure of the NGO and the supervision of its political actions. Among the challenges faced by the psychologist in this context are the integration between professional practice and social activism and the relationship between the HIV carrier and the psychologist. They point out how AIDS challenges traditional professional practices and demands changes in healthcare.

Keywords : Health Social Psychology; NGO; Practice; HIV/AIDS.

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