A inserção da(o) psicóloga(o) na política de sssistência social – contradições, desafios e limites

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


The participation of Psychology in the National Policy of Social Assistance is a contemporary phenomenon. In 2004, the psychologist became part of the technical team necessary to develop Social Work. One of the main challenges for psychologists who work with public policies is to overcome conservative traditional practices in Psychology. This dissertation discusses the role of psychologists in the Social Assistance Reference Center (CRAS), analyzing how psychologists started to participate in this space and which assumptions and practices are applied in this space. The specific objectives of this study were: to identify the theoretical-methodological guides the work of psychologists inserted in the CRAS; examine whether the training of psychologists is an important mediation in their professional practice; to identify which psychological practices are developed in the CRAS; and to reflect if psychologists take into account the theoretical and methodological guidelines of PNAS and/or social demands. The theoretical foundations of this dissertation approached the relationship between social policy and "social issues", the history of social assistance policies and the process of integration of psychologists into it after the creation of the profession in 1962. A qualitative research was conducted with six psychologists being interviewed about their ideas and practices. For the interviews it was applied a semi-structured guide in order to explore the objectives of this research. Content analysis resulted in the following issues: a technicist psychological practice which focus only individual issues; development of collective activities excluding a critical approach over "social issues"; psychological training that is unable to tackle the demands necessary to work inside a CRAS; theoretical and methodological references are restricted to regulatory and official documents; working conditions of psychologists (lack of public tender, lack of equipment and adequate physical infrastructure); hope of the psychologists in the process of social transformation of the reality related to the work with families inside the CRAS. These results can contribute to critical reflection on the limits and possibilities that emanate from the relationship between Psychology and Social Assistance and on how this relationship can contribute to the efforts for emancipation.



BORGES, Angela Beatriz de Lima. A inserção da(o) psicóloga(o) na política de sssistência social – contradições, desafios e limites. 2016. 134 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Psicologia) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2016.