About Us

Julie Thorsheim

Julie L. Thorsheim is a retired independent clinical social worker in the state of Minnesota (now emerita).  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and has been awarded NASW’s highest clinical certification, the Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. Her contributions include more than three decades working in mental health, child welfare, school social work and teaching. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and earned the Master of Social Work at the University of Illinois, where she was a University Fellow.

On Jan.1, 1995, David Kvebaek granted Julie Thorsheim all rights to further develop the Kvebaek Sculpture Technique, certified her to instruct others, and to manufacture and sell KST equipment, with focus on the English-speaking world.

Thorsheim established KST ASSOCIATES in 1995 to promote healthy human communication and growth in systems of all sizes. The mission of KST ASSOCIATES is to provide efficient and highly effective “hands-on” resources to professionals working with individuals and groups in a range of settings. KST ASSOCIATES is the U.S. source for hardwood Kvebæk figurines (crafted and hand-finished in Minnesota),  and auxiliary assessment tools.


KST ASSOCIATES has made this equipment available to researchers and practitioners on several continents in the years since the company’s inception.