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Troyann Gentile

Assistant Clinical Professor

My Story

As a new addition to the Counseling faculty in the Clinical Coordinator role, I bring with me a broad base of experiential work. I have served the field of mental health as professor, clinician, clinical director, supervisor and program coordinator. I arrived at CU Denver from Kentucky, where I served as an Assistant Professor at Lindsey Wilson College for three years. At Lindsey Wilson College, I taught full-time in a CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and served as a Resident Faculty Supervisor and Clinical Director of a college and community counseling clinic. This experience has provided me with a good base to assume my role here at CU Denver. I am thrilled to be a part of this CACREP-accredited program and am honored to work side by side with exceptional faculty members and students. Furthermore, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a clinical supervisor in our on-campus clinic and faculty liaison with internship sites in the greater Denver Community.

My journey to CU Denver started with earning my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University, then my Master’s of Science degree in Sport Psychology/Exercise Physiology from Springfield College, and finally my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with emphases in Marriage & Family Therapy and Community Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno.

As far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to work in the mental health field. During my undergraduate education, I had the privilege to play women’s soccer at Clemson University. Go Tigers! Throughout my athletic career, I interacted with several Sport Psychologists, whereby igniting a fire inside of me to bring together my two passions; psychology and sport. Once I received my MS degree in Sport Psychology, I realized Counseling was the field for me, given the focus on wellness and hands-on work with clients. It was during my doctoral studies when I realized a third passion: teaching. I probably should have come to this realization earlier, given my love for sport and coaching; however, it really hit me when I was asked to teach my first graduate level course.

The classroom is where I belong. There is perhaps nothing more fulfilling in my role as a counselor educator than seeing the proverbial light bulb turn on within a student who has been excited and captivated by the knowledge that s/he has received. My courses generally combine an in-depth theoretical analysis and understanding with counselor skill development and supervision. My commitment to the field of counseling goes beyond the classroom and is supported through my involvement with several state, national and international counseling organizations.

I believe that outstanding teachers have a certain charisma about them that distinguishes them from ordinary teachers. To a certain extent, I believe those exceptional professors are "performers," that the classroom is the stage and the students are the experiential audience. I believe that the passion that I have is evident in the energy and enthusiasm that I bring to my work. Learning should be FUN!

My Students at University of Colorado Denver:

Since arriving at CU Denver, I have been continually impressed with the quality of our students. The clinical training is unparalleled. It is a delight to work in the classroom and in the counseling clinic with students who demonstrate a passion for growth and learning and strive to be culturally responsive. This combination leads to a classroom environment where rich discussion emerges from the integration of real world examples and important didactic instruction.

At the University of Colorado Denver I have taught the following courses:

  • Group Counseling – CPCE 5110
  • Practicum in CPCE - CPCE 5910
  • Internship in CPCE - CPCE 5930

My research interests:

My research interests are expanding. I have been heavily involved in partnership with the NBCC and non-government organizations in Romania, to provide mental health facilitator trainings. One of my main research/service efforts has been helping to facilitate the development of counseling as a profession in Romania. I am committed to developing opportunities for students to gain more diverse clinical experiences at both the domestic and international levels. I also have a great interest in the ways in which groups and teams interact and perform at a systemic level. I am a self-proclaimed ‘groupie’. I am currently working on establishing a new model of group development. Lastly, I am interested in the integration of dialectical thought into counselor preparation, through the use of therapeutic documentation.

My hobbies:

Traveling, finding the best Napolitano pizzerias in the world, spending time with my dog; Chloe, road biking, snowboarding, trying new restaurants and really anything outside.

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