Psychology education in the Latin American countries: Challenges and emerging areas

[Speaker] Maluf, Maria-regina:1
1:PUCSP (Brazil)

During the last decades connectivity between people, groups and organizations has become a reality. In psychological science this fact implied increasingly exchanges and reciprocal knowledge. In this presentation it is assumed that the twenty-first century psychology faces the challenge of "internationalize" its scientific knowledge base as well as the nature of its professional practice. I'll start by briefly outlining the origins of psychology in the region called Latin America, which is an expression used to refer to 20 countries and 2 dependencies of America. Psychology in these countries has had huge growth in theoretical approaches and research training. The commitment to the local reality is strong and concerned with overcoming poverty and promoting people's well-being. In this direction new areas of study and training are emerging. International organizations have an important role to play to expand the discussion and knowledge on psychology education that are culturally grounded and relevant.
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