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Considerations on the meanings of clinical psychology in our times

The aim of this article is to discuss the evolution of the meanings and concepts of Clinical Psychology and its implication for the psychologists in this area. The discussion is based on the concepts of the phenomenological approach and the ideas of authors in Psychology and leads to a better understanding of the changes that have taken place on psychological knowledge and practices. Such analysis points to the relevance of social commitment from the clinical psychologist and suggests that the accomplishment of his work lies not only on a proper theoretical and technical knowledge, but above all on an ethical attitude regarding the listening of what is unsaid and censored.

clinical psychology; clinical phenomenology; social commitment; clinical listening; ethics


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