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Lisa is the Coordinator of the Michigan State University, Spartan Resilience Training Program which seeks to provide comprehensive resilience education to interested members of the MSU community including students, employees, leaders, alumni, retirees, and family members.

Over the past 30 years, Lisa has worked with others to craft the Spartan Resilience Training Model, a model which braids together social justice education and social emotional learning. The model incorporates core principles of healthy human functioning with several evidence-based theories to help people build capacity for emotional resilience, psychological flexibility, empathy, shame-resilience, self-compassion, mindfulness, courage building, and value-guided action. Lisa passionately believes these skills are essential for high-quality authentic relationships within and across human differences; healthy conflict resolution; the development of healthy work team cultures; and daring leadership in our personal and professional lives.

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. Lisa is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and is affiliated with the Brené Brown Research and Education Group

Outside of her work at MSU, Lisa enjoys moments spent with her 3 incredible adult children and her amazing partner, family, and friends. Her favorite way to spend a summer day is on the edge of a Great Lake, in her kayak on quiet waters, and/or hiking in beautiful outdoor spaces.


The MSU Academic Women's Forum creates a venue for discussing ways to support academic women working and doing research at MSU.

Guided imagery is a form of directed day-dreaming that relaxes the mind and engages the senses in the physical and emotional healing process.

Give yourself the opportunity to understand the emotion of shame and build solid shame resilience skills. This discussion may change the course of your life – it really is that important.

How do you want to show up, be seen, and live brave in your life?

An emotional resilience training course designed to help you live at the intersection of healthy and high performing.

In response to the February 13th shooting on campus the Spartan Resilience Training Program is offering several reflect and connect sessions for MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Learn informal mindfulness skills to help you find a sense of balance in your life.

Self-Compassion is a hidden factor in an employee's ability to provide sustainable high performance in their work and personal lives.

"Impostor Syndrome” is a thought pattern that can lead to chronic self-doubt, shame, and anxiety. You can break free of the impostor syndrome by interrupting self-defeating thoughts, and learning to effectively process natural feelings of anxiety.

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook describes resilience as “the speed and strength of our response to adversity”. If you would like to increase your capacity for resilience this class is for you.

This 4 week course is based on the book “Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Worry, and Fear” by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT.

This course introduces the Health4U Resilience Training Model developed by lead emotional wellness consultant, Lisa Laughman, LMSW.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn a little about each of the 6 theories embedded in the model.

We are living and working in daunting circumstances. Our work and home lives have merged together in layered and complicated ways as we all do our part to “flatten the curve” of the novel coronavirus.

A weekly on-line support session for people grieving the loss of a friend, loved one, co-worker, or family member.

An 8 week resilience training course offered in support of MSU Employees currently experiencing furlough or layoff

Continue Your Learning. Deepen Your Practice.

The MSU Health4U program presents a webinar series, created specifically for MSU Retirees.

The Essential Skills Webinar Series provides an opportunity to build emotional resilience and psychological flexibility skills to aid in the navigation of any work/life challenges you may be confronting now and in the future.

Increase capacity to recognize burnout. Learn to “map your stress response”. Identify effective ways to complete your stress cycles.

Learn different types of boundaries. Examine barriers to boundary setting. Practice developing and using boundary language.

Enjoy some mindful moments in the beauty of the Beal Gardens.

The Health4U Program and WorkLife Office are partnering to bring you Wellbeing Wednesdays!


Emotional Wellness @ Work

Resources to Help You Navigate Fall Semester 2020

Resilience training and grief and loss support services are available for MSU faculty, staff, and graduate student employees.

Emotional Wellness

Now is the Time for Increasing Our Psychological Flexibility

In a strange and confusing time, these strategies and resources can help you be in the present, open up, and do what matters.

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Food and Nutrition Counseling Services

Food and Nutrition Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for food and nutrition counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

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The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

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