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Building a Trauma-Informed Community of Care

Resiliency Puzzle

We hope to be a resource, a learning aid, a nurturing hand, and a healing soul for those on their journey of wellness. We hope these efforts will continue our advocacy, outreach, impact and community growth.” 

 -Tonya Hotchkin, Vice President of Clinical Services

Tanager Place offers critical resources and support for educators, parents, care providers and community members to build resiliency in children and families who have experienced trauma.

Trauma is a physically or emotionally distressing experience that affects individuals in different ways. By building resiliency—or the ability to bounce back from adversity—we help children who have experienced trauma learn to regain a sense of security and well-being. Because trauma can lead to a sense of hopelessness, resiliency training also helps instill a sense of capability in children, so they can feel confident in their ability to heal and self-regulate.

Join us for the Resiliency & Trauma-Informed Care Symposium at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center on October 15. 

To register, visit the event page. We’ve also made presentations from and the video of our virtual May 2020 Pre-Symposium available to the public.

Still thinking about last year’s symposium?

You still can view the full agenda and access presentations by some of our speakers.

Plans are well underway for the 2020 event. Let us know if you have suggestions or recommendations.

Local Resources

A variety of different resources to help you find services and programming for you and your child in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding area. These range from treatment to after school programs to crisis support.


Linn County WrapAround Kids Programming 319-892-5726

Tanager Place Systems of Care (SOC) 319-365-9164 (Noah Martin)

Grief and Loss

Gems of Hope 319-393-9681

Amanda the Panda (Des Moines) 515-223-4847 or 1-877-533-4847

Cedar Memorial grief Care Line 1-800-275-2332 or 319-393-8000

Unity Point Hospice/Cedar Memorial Camp Embracing Memories 319-369-7744


Tanager Place-LGBTQ Youth Center 319-365-9164

Big Brothers Big Sisters 319-377-8993


Youthport 319-365-9164

211 United Way 319-398-5372

National Resilience Institute 319-362-5433

NAMI of Linn County  319-221-1184

JDRF 319-393-3850

School/Summer Resources

Boys and Girls Club 319-363-5766

Grand Wood AEA 319-399-6700

Leaders, Believers, Achievers (LBA) 319-533-5095

Camp Tanager-Day Camp/Overnight Camp 319-363-0681


National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Foundation 2 crisis line 319-362-2174

Substance Abuse

ASAC 319-390-4611

Heart of Iowa- 319-862-1050


Tanager Place Mental Health Clinic (Therapy, school based therapy, psychological testing, ABA/ASD group) 319-286-4545

Tanager Place Community Based Services (Pediatric Integrated Health, Behavioral Health Intervention Services) 319-365-9164

Tanager Place Inpatient (PMIC. ICD-IF) 319-365-9164

LIFE program 319-369-8535

Miracles in Motion 319-857-4141

Witwer Children’s Therapy Center 319-369-8407

YPN 319-364-8909

TIES 319-558-4861

Camp Tanager-Hemophilia and Diabetes Camp 319-363-0681


Waypoint 319-365-1458

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

Domestic Violence Intervention Programming (Johnson and Washington County) 319-651-1042


YMCA  319-366-6421

Girls on The Run- (contact your local school)


We have recommendations for children’s books, parenting books and workbooks. Many of the children’s books center around identifying and recognizing emotions as well as exploring some difficult and possibly traumatic topics. The parenting books provide different ways to connect and interact with your children. We also have a variety of workbooks referenced, topics ranging from anger to ADHD to social skills. These can be purchased through Amazon Smile, which is a simple way for you to support Tanager Place every time you shop and at no cost to you.

Children’s Books

The Invisible String
Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

I Miss You: A First Look at Death
Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker

The Goodbye Book
Todd Parr

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
Julia Cook

The Way I Feel
Janan Cain

Today I’m a Monster
Agnes Green

Am I Supposed to Feel This Way?
Elizabeth Archer

Listening to My Body
Gaby Garcia

Families Change
Julie Nelson

Kids Need to Be Safe
Julie Nelson

In My Heart
Jo Witek

Hands Are Not for Hitting
Martine Agassi and Marieka Heinlen

Words Are Not for Hurting
Elizabeth Verdick

Feeling Better: A Kid’s book About Therapy
Rachel Rashkin

Trauma. Teaching Kids About Trauma
Rober Edelman

Do You Have a Secret
Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Two Homes
Claire Masurel

Breathe Like A Bear
Kira Willey

My Mouth Is A Volcano
Julia Cook

Wilma Jean and the Worry Machiene
Julia Cook

Listening to my Body
Gabi Barcia

Understanding Myself
Mary C Lemia

The Color Monster
Anna Llenas

Soda Pop Head
Julia Cook

Love You Forever
Robert Munsch

I love You Stinky Face
Lisa McCourt

I’m Gonna Like Me
Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry…
Molly Bang

Parenting Books

The Whole-Brain Child
Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience
Caelan Soma

123 Magic
Thomas W. Phelan

Scream Free Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
Hal Edward Runkel


What To Do When You Worry Too Much
Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews

My Book Full of Feelings
Amy Jaffe and Luci Gardner

When Someone Very Special Dies
Marge Heegaard

When My Parents Forgot How to be Friends
Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Working Through The Pain
Cole Neil Cabe

The ABC’s of Anger
Ray Ali

Angry Monster Workbook
Hennie Shore

I Bet I Won’t Fret
Timothy Sisemore

The Coping Skills Workbook
Lisa Schab and Andy Myer

Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Mary Ellen Copeland

Verbal Problem Solving in Social Situations
Larry Mattes

What To Do When You Dread Your Bed
Dawn Huebner

What To Do When you Grumble Too Much
Dawn Huebner

Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents
Mary Karapetian Alvord

Crossing the Bridge
Sandra Negley

The Me I See
The Wood ‘N’ Barnes Collective

Stopping the Pain
Lawrence Shapiro

What’s Eating You?
Tammy Nelson

The Social Success Workbook for Teens
Barbara Cooper and Nancy Widdows


These toolkits are provided to assist parents in understanding trauma and resiliency. There are different activities included that parents can use with their children to foster resiliency. In this section you will also find writings that can help in a variety of difficult situations.