RISE Module 5:  Safety

This Module is the first of four focused on the element Indicators of Wellbeing(I) within the RISE framework. The Indicators of Wellbeing are defined as the conditions for fostering a sense of psychological wellness and resilience. This learning module covers the indicator of Safety. Participants will understand safety as a way of establishing physical, emotional, and psychological security.

Participants will learn how to model and create a felt sense of safety within youth care settings through relational practices, building trust, and by offering predictability and consistency. Participants will also understand the importance of honoring unique preferences and youth’s own voice and choice as a way of maintaining a felt sense of safety.

Learning Objectives:
  •  Identify the conditions needed to promote a felt sense of safety in youth
  • Describe the differences between rules and norms and how they impact safety
  • List ways in which youth care professionals can increase safety within the environment through predictability and consistency
  • Describe the relational practice of honoring another’s voice and choice.
  • Identify the importance of personal safety preferences and discerning needs. 
CYC Competencies: 
     Relationship & Communication
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Module 5 of 13

2 hours this module,
18.25 in total for all modules

Module 5 Resources

Slide Handout and
Learning Guide

Certificate of completion available

Course Lessons

Created by

Tonya Hotchkin, LMFT, RPT, CTRP-C
Vice President Clinical Services

Tonya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Studies from University of Northern Iowa in 2007, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2012.

Tonya has served in a variety of positions and programs in the social services field including inpatient, community based, school based, prevention and outpatient care with her current role being the Vice President of Clinical Services at Tanager Place.

Tonya is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Trauma Practitioner. Tonya has advanced training in Theraplay, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Sand Tray and Play Therapy. Tonya is an adjunct professor through Mount Mercy University and has been published for knowledge related to trauma and resilience. Tonya developed the RISE: Wellness and Resilience Framework and has provided a variety of speaking events related to leadership, trauma, resilience and working with children and families in the mental health field.


Jennifer Null, LMFT, RPT-S
Institute of Learning Director

Jennie serves as Director of the Meraki Institute of Learning at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids IA. Jennie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She has advanced training in Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Clinical Supervision, Restorative Practices, and Leadership. Jennie has presented internationally on topics related to leadership, staff development, trauma informed care, resilience, and wellbeing.

Jennie has also designed and facilitated professional development courses for school districts, non-profits, and youth and family service providers focused on the RISE: Wellness & Resilience Framework, trauma informed care, youth mental health considerations, family & parent engagement, compassion resiliency, and various leadership topics. She finds passion assisting others on their journey whether it be in a therapeutic relationship, clinical supervision and growth, facilitating highly reflective training, or mentoring.