UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Professional Integration Exercise

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Counseling Psychology

School of Education
335 Education Building
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MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-4174

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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Professional Integration Exercise (PIE)

Each student must complete the Professional Integration Exercise (PIE), which is a capstone experience for each master’s student, where they have the opportunity to pull together their learning and skills and their overall professional identity. Through this oral clinical case conceptualization, they have the opportunity to demonstrate to the faculty their readiness as a master’s level clinician. Through faculty support, guidance, and feedback, they get a sense of their areas of strengths and areas for further refinement as they prepare to graduate and pursue the next steps in their career. The PIE is intended to prepare students for employment interviews, which often entail the discussion of a clinical case.

Each student prepares an oral examination, documenting the development of the competencies related to counseling in the eight specific skill areas, as applied to a clinical case provided by the department. Two members of the faculty evaluate the PIE to determine whether the Masters candidate exhibits sufficient knowledge, skill, and awareness in each domain. Faculty signatures on the Program Approval Form document satisfaction of this degree requirement. Competencies include:

  • Case Conceptualization
  • Presentation Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Multicultural Skills
  • Consultation Skills
  • Professional Identity
  • Scholarship
  • Specialization


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