Paul Tschudi, Ed.S., M.A.
Paul Tschudi, Ed.S., M.A., has over 25 years of experience working with people facing grief, loss and life transitions. He maintained a private counseling practice for over 15 years before his faculty appointment at the George Washington University. His interest in end-of-life issues was born out of the experience of serving as a medic in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.
From 1993 until 1997, he was the Executive Director of the Wendt Center (St. Francis Center), a center for counseling and educating people living with loss and illness. Paul currently serves on the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing Advisory Board.
Currently, Paul is an assistant professor with dual appointments at the George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as the Graduate School of Education and Human Development Counseling Department. Paul began developing and teaching courses on grief, loss and life transition in 1994 when he developed the first counseling course that focused on grief and loss. This eventually led to both graduate and undergraduate courses, focused on resilience and normalizing the journey through life transitions through a client-centered approach rather the diagnostic/medical model approach.
Paul is a faculty advisor for both the ISCOPES Transitioning Veterans Collaborative service learning team and the George Washington University Student Veterans Organization. In addition, he conducts workshops, retreats and classes for colleges, nonprofit organizations, conferences, government agencies and companies addressing issues of loss, grief, spirituality, veterans transitional issues and self-care.
Paul has appeared on CBS Evening News, NPR, and has been a featured panelist for the Hospice Foundation of America's annual teleconference, interviewed for the website Make the Connection and was a presenter for a TED Talks.
In 2006, Paul developed the George Washington University End-of-Life Care Summer Institute, which has become an educational staple each summer since its creation and focuses on contemporary issues around grief, loss, and life transitions.