Rena Kornblum

Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Department, where she has been teaching since 1983.  She coordinates an undergraduate certificate program in Introductory Studies in Dance/Movement Therapy as well as teaching ballroom dance. Kornblum obtained a Masters in Creative Arts in Therapy from Hahnemann University, and is a board certified dance/movement therapist. She brings over thirty-five years of professional experience as a dance/movement therapist to her therapy and prevention work. She developed the children and family program at Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, where she is currently the Executive Director.  Kornblum initiated an in-school program in which she provides therapy sessions for children dealing with physical and sexual abuse or other trauma as well as violence prevention classes for entire classrooms.  She has written a book called “Disarming the Playground, Violence Prevention Through Movement and Pro-Social Skills,” published by Wood ‘N’ Barnes Publishers and edited two training DVDs by the same name, all of which describe her prevention curriculum in detail. Kornblum has traveled nationally and internationally to give trainings and present her work.  She has several other publications to her credit including two book chapters: “Dance/Movement Therapy with Children” in Speaking the Unspeakable Non-Verbal Methods and Experiences in Therapy with Children and “In-School Dance/Movement Therapy for Traumatized Children” which she co-authored with Robyn Lending Halsten in Creative Arts Therapies Manual. The peer-reviewed The Arts in Psychotherapy published her article “An Evaluation of Kornblum’s Body-based Violence Prevention Curriculum for Children,” in spring of 2006. Kornblum has also received several awards for her work including the 2002 Wisconsin Dance Council Research and Journalism Award,  the 2005 Distinguished Service Award by the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education and the 2009 American Dance Therapy Association Excellence in Education Award. Last year she was selected to receive the “Unsung Heroine Award” from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Dane County. Kornblum is licensed in the state of Wisconsin to practice psychotherapy specifically through the expressive arts therapies.