Lilita Matison, LCSW Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Lilita Matison, LCSW is an integrative social worker. For the past 20 years, she has served as a teacher, clinician, and program manager in various university and educational settings.
Lilita is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. After receiving her MSW, she served as the Administrator of the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Research Center. Her work focused on developing clinical & educational programming within the Integrative Medicine program. As the Co-Director of University of Michigan Stress Management Services, Lilita counseled individuals, facilitated mind-body skills groups and trained graduate students in stress management and self-care skills.
For the past decade, Lilita has created, implemented and directed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs in K-12 schools. She continues to supervise educators, school counselors, school social workers, and leaders in education in bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom.
Lilita is a Fulbright scholar and leads professional training workshops in mind-body therapies for social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, and teachers from around the globe. She is a first generation Latvian-American and is deeply connected to her heritage. Lilita has offered integrative healing workshops and courses at the University of Latvia in Riga. She is interested in trans-generational trauma and the impacts of war and resettlement on family systems.
Lilita is the author of “Bye-Bye Butterflies: Seven Ways To Breathe Out Worry”, a children’s book that was published in English, French, Spanish, and Latvian. In the Spring 2020, a video version of the book was created with the intention of offering mind-body tools to children worldwide.
Lilita has been a faculty member at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine since 2006 and holds social work licensure in Michigan.