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About Skillsetter

Skillsetter is a web-based deliberate practice training system to allow learners to practice interpersonal skills anytime, anywhere. Our patent-pending software removes the barriers to deliberate practice and replaces them with asynchronous remote technology that helps educators to achieve higher impact in behavioral skill development.

Our mission is to improve human interaction in every field.

Skillsetter enables instructors and learners to focus on interpersonal and soft skill building, as opposed to just acquiring knowledge. We do so by evangelizing the deliberate practice of these skills, and providing innovative tools to support that goal.

Whether you’re teaching counseling students to be more effective listeners, managers to be better leaders, or healthcare professionals to be better communicators, Skillsetter has the flexibility and customizability to offer learners hands-on practice for skills learned in the classroom.

Core Principals

We champion deliberate interpersonal improvement in people.


Instructors get laser-like focus on the areas where each learner has room for improvement.


Learners receive systematic and actionable feedback relevant to the skill being practiced.

Kaizen Approach

Learners can now practice, review and refine critical interpersonal and communication skills.


Skillsetter uses innovative tools to leverage the scientific skill building theory called Deliberate Practice.

Our Story

Skillsetter is based on over 30 years of research by our Chief Scientist Dr. Bruce Wampold of the University of Wisconsin. The interactive software platform revolves around the science of deliberate practice to improve therapist effectiveness and client outcomes.

Skillsetter was originally designed for classes teaching psychotherapy; including psychology, psychiatry, clinical counseling, MFT and social work, but we have since discovered this same training is beneficial to many other fields that require interpersonal and communication skills.

Leadership Team

Kurt Shuster

CEO & Co-Founder

Kurt has over 15 years of experience across a range of roles and industries, including software development, consulting, and management. He holds a psychology degree from the University of Victoria, a computer science degree from Queen's University, an MBA from Cambridge University, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce E. Wampold Ph.D.

Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

Bruce E. Wampold Ph.D., ABPP, is Emeritus Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and former Director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Norway. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 17, 29, 45), is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2015 Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the 2019 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation. His work is summarized in The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work (with Z. Imel, Routledge, 2015).

Stephan Wiedner

COO & Co-Founder

Stephan co-founded Skillsetter in 2016, bringing to the table a mixed set of skills and experience including business, technology, and coaching. Stephan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Bachelor of Commerce program, having specialized in information systems. In addition to his career, educational, and entrepreneurial pursuits, Stephan is a dedicated husband and father of two beautiful children.

Radu Vlad

Chief Technology Officer

Radu leads and manages the creation and development of the online platform at Skillsetter. He studied Computer Science and Business at the University of Waterloo and has over 12 years experience as an entrepreneur and technical leader. Outside of work, he loves riding his bike, exploring new places, and delicious food and coffee.

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