- Walden University: Mental Health Counseling
- University of Wisconsin-Madison: Chinese/English, English Literature and Chinese Language
Certifications and Awards
- 2015 Montaigne Award Finalist
- Rebecca Pratt Literary Group: Associate Literacy Agent
Affiliations and Memberships
- American Emotional Wellness Organization
Mental Health Counseling
Kirsten began her counseling career in a methadone clinic in 1995. She graduated with her Mental Health Counseling degree from Walden University. In 2005, she moved to a similar position to Books for Charity's sister organization, The American Emotional Wellness (AEWO) organization.
Kirsten's responsibilities at the AEWO include:
- Grant writing
- Producing literature for clients
- Developing different wellness programs
- Creating and holding group counseling programs
She was also responsible for running sessions for different groups of people, such as people who are grieving, people who are recently disabled, and people who are experiencing clinical depression. Kirsten has experience in counseling in a wide variety of issues, including:
- Drug addiction
- Domestic violence
- Personality disorders
- Family dynamics and issues
Kirsten also created a library of seminars and webinars for the AEWO. She is in charge of seminar and webinar creation, writing, and editing accompanying materials.
Writing and Editing Career
Kirsten is equally adept at writing and editing.
Kirsten has written everything from short stories to novels, movie scripts, and many types of business materials, such as sales letters, brochures, company catalogs, and websites. Kirsten and her writing partner are regularly published in a variety of sports magazines for athletic performance and the mental game of sports. As a nonfiction author, she has written hundreds of widely quoted articles on mental health, parenting, and family (including almost 400 posts under the title "The Happy Family Blog" for Lovetoknow.com), some of which have appeared in books and international academic journals. You'll also find her work at A Fine Parent and HubPages.
Kirsten works as a mental health editor for one of the largest websites on the internet with millions of visitors. You can find Kirsten's editing services available at kirstenschuder.com. One of Kirsten's collaborations, Anita's Piano, was a finalist for the 2015 Montaigne Award. In the namesake of the philosopher, the Montaigne Award is granted to new works that cause those who read it to reflect deeply upon their "raison d'être."
Associate Literary Agent - Rebecca Pratt Literary Group
In September 2015, Kirsten was accepted into the fold of the Rebecca Pratt Literary Group as an Associate Literary Agent.
Kirsten's first book, Inside Dweller, is a metaphysical sci-fi, paranormal, psychological thriller. A young woman and her psychologist discover that the commander of Lucifer’s army, a specialized, extraterrestrial demon breed, is dwelling inside of her in an attempt to unlock the key to the human mind and soul in order to enslave humankind.