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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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ABDALLA, Ively Guimarães; BATISTA, Sylvia Helena  and  BATISTA, Nildo Alves. Challenges found in the teaching of clinical Psychology in the Psychology courses. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.4, pp. 806-819. ISSN 1414-9893.

The aim of this study is to analyze the challenges and difficulties found in the teaching of clinical psychology in the psychology undergraduation courses, based on the data collected in a research carried out in the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). It was observed that the professional practice must be developed based on the articulation between the theoretical content and the reality where the student will work. The practice as a structural axis allows the student to learn in a real situation established with the patient. Individuals realize the need of changes in the conception of the clinical psychologist education. Data showed that the need of new curricular guidelines is in accordance with the change that happens now in the clinical psychology teaching, that points out that praxis must aim the articulation between the clinical practice and the social life. The professional nowadays needs to understand this clinical practice based on the theoretical referentials, which have subjectivity as a result of the social and historical construction.

Keywords : Psychology teaching; Clinical psychology; Curriculum; Professor characteristics.

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