Fórum sobre Medicalização da Educação e da Sociedade Launching Manifesto of the Forum on the Medicalization of Education and Society – Fórum Sobre Medicalização da Educação e da Sociedade

Launching Manifesto of the Forum on the Medicalization of Education and Society


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Launching Manifesto of the Forum on the Medicalization of Education and Society
Brazilian society is living through a growing medicalization process at all levels of life.Medicalization is understood as the process that artificially turns non-medical issues into medical problems. Different types of problems are presented as “diseases”, “disorders”, or “disturbances,” concealing the larger political, social, cultural, and emotional issues that affect people’s lives. Collective issues are taken as individual; and social and political problems are turned into biological ones. In this process, which generates psychic suffering, the individual and his/her family are held responsible for the problems, while governments, authorities, and professionals are exempted from their responsibilities.

Once classified as “sick”, people become “patients” and, consequently, “consumers” of treatments, therapies, and medications, which change their own bodies into the problems that, in the logic of medicalization, shall be solved individually. Many times, families, professionals, authorities, politicians, and policy makers are exempted from their responsibilities regarding social issues: so that individual people are the ones who have “problems”, who are “dysfunctional”, who “do not adjust”, who are “sick”, and who are even, judicilialized.

Learning and ways of being and acting – areas of great complexity and diversity– have been the preferred medicalization targets. It must be highlighted that, historically, it is from dissatisfaction and questioning that the possibility of change is built into the forms of the social order, to overcome prejudice and inequality. The speech of inclusion, causes a stigma and a secondary exclusion to those already socially, emotionally, and educationally excluded. In this way, medicalization has been fulfilling the role of controlling and subjugating people, repressing questioning and discomfort; it fulfills an even more perverse role of hiding physical and psychological violence, turning people into “hosts of behavior and learning disorders”.

In Brazil, the critique and confronting of medicalization processes is still in the early stages.

It is in this context that the Forum on the Medicalization of Education and Society was created, whose purposes are to–align those entities, groups, and people in whose interest it is to confront and overcome the medicalization problem, and to mobilize society to critique the medicalization of learning and behavior. The Forum has a political and permanent character, as articulated by its participants, and decisions will be preferably made by consensus. The Forum is comprised of entities, movements, and people who have an interest in the subject and are in general agreement with the its goals.

The Forum is based on the following principles:

Against the medicalization processes in life.
Defense of victims of the medicalization process.
Defense of human rights.
Defense of the Child and Adolescent Statute.
Right to free public education, which is democratic, secular, of high quality, and socially relevant to everyone.
Right to health and defense of the Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS and its principles.
Respect for diversity and particularity, especially in the learning processes.
Valuing a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the phenomeonon of medicalization.
Valuing popular participation.

The Education and Society Medicalization Forum proposes the following challenges:

I. Enlarge the democratization of the debate
– Establish mechanisms for interacting with civil society
I.1 Popularize the debate, without sacrificing scientific integrity.
I.2 Multiply the means of communication, including literature, sites and arts in general.
I.3 Build strategies to obtain media space.

– Establish mechanisms for interacting with the academy
I.1 Increase discussion among professionals from several areas;
I.2 Build strategies to obtain space in the initial and continuing education courses of professionals from several areas.
I.3 Support curricular proposals for the humanization of education and health practices.

– Socialize the understanding of medicalization and its consequences
I.1 Recognize the needs of families who experience medicalization processes.
I.2 Clarify drug addiction risks – illegal and legal drugs – as a consequence of medicalization.

– Increase comprehension of the diversity and historicity of human learning and developmental processes.

II. Build strategies which subvert the medicalization logic

– Enlarge the theoretical production in the field of the critique of medicalization.
– Intervene in the formulation of public policies, providing the bases for new conceptions of the human being and society.
– Support hosting initiatives and the strengthening of families, demystifying the pretense of benefits of medicalization.
– Support inter-sector actions which confront medicalization.

São Paulo, November 13th, 2010

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Conselho Regional de Psicologia de São Paulo – CRP-06

Grupo Interinstitucional Queixa Escolar – GIQE

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Escolar e Educacional – ABRAPEE

Conselho Estadual de Defesa da Criança e do Adolescente de São Paulo – CONDECA

Departamento de Pediatria – Faculdade Ciências Médicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP

Faculdade São Bento da Bahia – Curso de Psicologia

Faculdade Social da Bahia – Curso de Psicologia

Fórum de Saúde Mental do Butantã

Anhanguera Educacional

Sindicato dos Psicólogos do Estado de São Paulo – SINPSI

Conselho Regional de Psicologia do Rio de Janeiro – CRP 05

Sindicato dos Profissionais em Educação no Ensino Municipal de São Paulo -SINPEEM

Mandato do Vereador Eliseu Gabriel

Mandato do Vereador Claudio Fonseca

Mandato do Deputado Estadual Carlos Giannazi

Colégio Universitas – Ensino Médio – Santos, SP

Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM – Departamento de Psicologia

Fundação Criança de São Bernardo do Campo

Universidade Comunitária do Oeste Catarinense – UNOCHAPECÓ – Curso de Psicologia

Associação de Docentes da Universidade de São Paulo – ADUSP

Associação Nacional de Pesquisa em Pós-Graduação – ANPED – GT Psicologia da Educação

Instituto Sedes Sapientiae

Associação Palavra Criativa

Universidade de São Paulo – Laboratório Interinstitucional de Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia Escolar e Educacional – LIEPPE

Centro de Saúde Escola “Samuel Barnsley Pessoa” (Butantã) Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo – FMUSP

Grupo de Defesa dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente – DEDICA – Curitiba, PR

União de Mulheres do Município de São Paulo

Fórum Paulista de Educação Infantil

CNTE – Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Educação

CFP – Conselho Federal de Psicologia

Centro Acadêmico Iara Iavelberg – Psicologia USP

Departamento de Psicologia da UNICENTRO (Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste – Irati/PR)

Faculdade de Educação da Universidade de São Paulo

Faculdade de Educação da UNICAMP

“Projeto espaço Palavra” da Clinica Psicológica Ana Maria Poppovic – PUC-SP

LEPEDE’ES – Laboratório de Pesquisas em Educação – Educação Especial UFSCAR

Rede Butantã de entidades e forças sociais


Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal da Bahia

Rede Humaniza SUS – Coletivo de Editores

Representação Paulista da Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Escolar e Educacional


Federação Nacional dos Farmaceuticos

Coordenação de Políticas sobre Drogas do Estado de São Paulo

Regional Rio de Janeiro da Abrapso

Federação de Montanhismo do Estado de São Paulo

Serviço de Atenção às Dificuldades de Aprendizagem da Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Campinas

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal Fluminense

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia da Saúde

Associação Brasileira de Ensino de Psicologia – ABEP

Centro Excursionista Universitário – CEU

Departamento de Fonoaudiologia da Unicentro – Campus Irati

Núcleo Especializado de Atendimento a Criança Escolar – NEACE

Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisas Medicalização do Social no Contemporâneo da Unesp de Assis/SP

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