Dr. Antonio Tena was elected to the NBCC International Advisory Council in 2006. Prior to his election he had worked with NBCC International on the administration of the 1st Interamerican Counseling Congress and as the editor of Temas Selectos en Orientación Psicológica, a bilingual counseling journal.
Dr. Tena is the chair of the Psychology Department at Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City. His formal title as a Profesor Numerario denotes his award of the highest honor available to faculty at his university. He is the first Director of NBCC-Mexico, which promotes counseling in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Dr. Tena and the NBCC-Mexico staff hosted Mental Health Facilitator curriculum meetings and the first pilot of the training.
Dr. Tena has more than 28 years of experience as a practicing mental health professional and university professor. While the bulk of Dr. Tena’s research has focused on counseling clients with eating disorders, he also is recognized for his work on counseling adolescents and adults, teaching research methods, and assessment. More recently, Dr. Tena’s research has approached primary prevention, community-based care, and international counseling issues. He has published two books and more than 25 articles in national and international journals. In addition to his aforementioned editorship, he also serves as an associate editor for journals such as the Revista Mexicana de Psicología; Psicología Iberoamericana; Nueva Época; and Archivos Hispanoamericanos en Sexología. He has presented his research at national and international conferences. He is a member of national (in Mexico and the United States) professional associations as well as international professional associations. Dr. Tena co-coordinated the first Interamerican Counseling Congress, a meeting of professional counselors from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, which started in 2002 and enjoys continued growth.
Dr. Tena completed his licenciatura at UIA, his master’s in clinical psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City, and his doctorate in psychology at UIA. He completed additional training in Dynamic Psychiatry from the Asociación Psicoanalítica Mexicana (Mexican Psychoanalytic Association). Further demonstrating his dedication to gaining recognition for high quality licenciatura and postgraduate training programs, he led the UIA Psychological Counseling program’s acceptance for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). He enjoys reading and playing tennis in his spare time.