Removing Relational Barriers: The Art of Invitation

People expect loving connection in faith based settings, yet, too often, visitors, congregational members, ministry staff, and the community experience tension and distance.  Connection and belonging can be achieved, even in uncomfortable and unfamiliar settings, by practicing the Art of Invitation.  This session will provide a simple framework to embrace the Art of Invitation.

Presenters: Debbie Teike & Katti Sneed
Debbie Teike, LCSW, earned her BS from SIU-Carbondale in 1979 and her MSW from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University-St. Louis in 1983. After 30+ years in long term care, abuse and neglect, hospice, and church ministry, she began the Art of Invitation, a framework for assisting  individuals, small groups, organizations, and churches to build and restore healthy relationships. Debbie consults and presents in churches, not-for-profit organizations, correctional facilities, and outreach ministries. Debbie lives in Columbus, IN, and participates in Caring Community Network which is a place of Shalom using the Art of Invitation.

Katti Sneed, PH D, LCSW, LCAC is a Full Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Indiana Wesleyan University.  She also teaches Quantitative and Advanced Research in the Doctoral Program at the School of Harold Able Psychology at Capella University. Dr. Sneed’s research interests and clinical practice has primarily been in the area of addictions counseling and the therapeutic relationship, including spirituality, self-help, burn-out among counselors, and self-disclosure in the counseling relationship. The bulk of Dr. Sneed’s work has been in private and mental health clinical practice.   Here she served as an inpatient and outpatient addiction specialist for adults and adolescents.  Conducting marriage and family counseling, seeing adult and child sexual abuse survivors, working with those struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues comprised her clinical work.  

Debbie and Katti have partnered together to complete a qualitative study of the Art of Invitation. Initial results conclude that the Art of Invitation is an effective way to teach individuals how to be open and inviting to others.