Category Archives: Events & Workshops

International Social Work Conference June 14-15, 2012 in Minnesota

Augsburg College is hosting its first International Social Work Conference, June 14-15, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will be an international exchange of social work practice throughout the world. Presenters are coming from India, Norway, Slovenia and South Africa, in addition to the United States. Breakout sessions will be held on Clinical Practice, Curriculum Development, Community Development, Macro Practice and Research.

One offering in the Clinical Track on Thursday, June 14th is, “Wooden it be nice? Using Family Sculpting in Social Work Practice – An International Tool for Brief Assessment and Intervention” presented by Stein Hardeng, Diaconia College, Oslo, Norway and Julie Thorsheim, MSW, LICSW-MN, KST Associates, MN.


Family Sculpting Workshop-International Focus

June 16, 2009 a workshop focused on Family Sculpting took place at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Presenters were: Dr. Anne Hollingworth, psychologist in private practice in Sydney, Australia; Thomas Thorsheim, Ph.D. psychologist in private practice in Greenville, South Carolina; Jean Giebenhain, Ph.D., full professor, University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and Julie Thorsheim, MSW, of KST Associates. Moderator was Mary Carlson, Chair, Dept. of Social Work and Family Studies at St. Olaf College. This Continuing Education event was co-sponsored by NASW, Minnesota Chapter, and the St. Olaf College Department of Social Work and Family Studies, and was funded in part by the David and Karen Olson Marriage and Family Endowment at St. Olaf College.

Hollingworth showed how she uses the Kvebaek Sculpture Tool to incorporate “ the child’s voice” in her reports to Family Court when retained to assess parenting capacity and children’s family attachments for the purpose of making placement decisions about at-risk children. Julie Thorsheim provided historical and theoretical framework of the Kvebæk Family Sculpture and showed participants how to begin incorporating this technique into their practice in a variety of settings. Giebenhain provided insight into the way she uses the KST in research and clinical practice with multi-cultural adoptive families. Thomas Thorsheim provided examples of how he uses this figure placement tool in assessment and therapy with both individuals and families.

This skills-building workshop incorporated demonstration, case examples, panel presentation and small group activities to equip participants to use representational family sculpting in their own work. Participants’ evaluations of this full-day experiential workshop were enthusiastic and strong. Look for glimpses of presenters and participants on pages of this website.

Continuing education credits offered at family sculpting workshop

The Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and St. Olaf College are jointly sponsoring a continuing education workshop in Northfield, MN on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Continuing education units are offered by the various professional boards. For more information and to register, go the the NASW-Minnesota Chapter website.

MACMHP Conference

The Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Annual Fall Conference will be held in Duluth, MN, September 17-19, 2008 at the Duluth Events and Convention Center. KST ASSSOCIATES will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall. This conference is always worthwhile. Stop by to meet us and see the KST product line. For more information about the conference, click on: MACMHP

KST Family Sculpture Exhibit at Family Conference

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The Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2008 SPRING CONFERENCE is Friday, April 11th in Minneapolis at the Embassy Suites Hotel (494 and Penn Ave South). Conference presenter is Rise Van Fleet: “The Power of Play in Family Therapy: The Filial Therapy Approach.”

KST Associates will be an exhibitor, with KST Family Sculpturing “hands-on” resources for assessment and therapy available for exploration and purchase. Julie Thorsheim, MSW, LICSW, will be there to interact with conference attendees and demonstrate representational family sculpture.

For more information on this daylong event and to register, visit MAMFT at