RISE Module 7: 
 Meaning & Purpose

This Module is the third 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 Meaning & Purpose. Participants learn to help clients of youth care to find a sense of meaning and purpose in their life. This module will explore how to support youth in finding fulfillment in daily life through opportunities to make contributions.

Participants will also learn ways to engage with youth to elevate their sense of personal significance. Participants will learn how to help youth with the “meaning making” process for challenging or difficult experiences in life.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand key factors that support one’s sense of meaning and purpose
  • Identify the benefits of meaning and purpose to one’s mental wellbeing and resilience
  • Demonstrate how to create opportunities for youth to contribute and respond to youth’s contributions to enhance feelings of significance
  • Understand the role of an adult in supporting youth to make meaning following challenging or difficult life experiences
CYC Competencies:
     Applied Human Development
     Relationship & Communication
     Developmental Practice Methods
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Module 7 of 13

1 hour this module,
18.25 in total for all modules

Module 7 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.