René Emir Buenfil Viera, MP
Psychologist, psychotherapist, professor, translator
Calle 108 #140-i x 51-a
Fraccionamiento Las Américas II C.P.
97302 Mérida, Yucatán
Phone: +52 9992170785 (personal)
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René Buenfil studied psychology at Mérida’s Marist University in South México, from the moment he took a course with professor Dora Ayora he was interested in social constructionist ideas. So once he graduated, he signed up for the Kanankil Institute’s master’s degree in psychotherapy. As a member of that community, he attended his first International Summer Institute (ISI) of the Houston Galveston Institute (HGI) and Grupo Campos Elíseos in Playa del Carmen, where Sylvia London agreed to let him help her translate conferences. The first person he translated for was Saliha Bava speaking about the philosophy of collaborative practices. Since then, he continues translating for the Kanankil Institute’s international guests, and is part of the translating teams at the ISI of HGI, the International Journal of Collaborative Practices and the Taos Institute’s congresses.
René has been a professor in kindergarten, elementary, junior, high school and university levels in Mérida and Cancún, his journey towards applying collaborative and relational practices to education took him a while, but now he’s found a stance where everyone participates actively in the co-creation of educational communities. He is also a Human Resources Business Partner, specialized in training on topics of Organizational Development and Appreciative Inquiry. His main focus now is his private practice as a couples and families therapist, and his position as a psychotherapist at a Diabetes Care and Education Clinic. He is also a volunteer psychologist at the local Diabetes Association where he leads group therapy for parents of children and adolescents living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and is part of the staff of health professionals at the Camps for Kids and Teenagers living with T1D.