Violence Prevention Through Movement for Kids


Disarming the Playground: Violence Prevention through Movement teaches protective and proactive behaviors tailored for aggressors, targets, and witnesses of aggression through interactive movement games.  This is a comprehensive curriculum that engages body and mind as equal partners in developing skills for creating a safe world.

Author Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL is a dance-movement therapist with unique expertise in developing such strategies for children.  I attended her workshop at the 2012 Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association and was blown away by not only the insights that emerged from such engaging and fun activities but also the practical value of this work.  Ping Ho, MA, MPH Founding Director UCLArts and Healing

Click here for information on how to purchase the two-book set curriculum and companion training DVDs.

Click here to view the published evaluation of this body-based violence prevention curriculum.  This article also serves as a good example of a variety of ways to measure outcomes of an arts-based intervention with children.

On another website, Kornblum and associate Jeanine Kiss, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL offer several metaphorical movement activities for teaching Balance of Power and Resisting Temptation.  They also offer the following additional downloadable activities for Disarming the Playground:

Passing Scaves by Jeanine Kiss

String Project by Jeanine Kiss

Trade Places, Trade Spaces by Jeanine Kiss