Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Aisha Bell Robinson, BC-DMT, LCPC

Founder | Bella Consulting Group, LLC
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Aisha Robinson is Founder of Bella Consulting Group, LLC, focusing on wellness, training, and supporting organizations on their DE&I journey. As Part-Time faculty in Columbia College Chicago’s, DMT & Counseling program teaching Social and Cultural Foundations. Aisha was a member of the National DE&I Planning and Implementation teams for CIS. She served on the Standards & Ethics Committee for the ADTA, joining during rewriting the ethical code. Aisha’s experience includes executive leadership, consultation, clinical practice, and national training on embodiment, ethics, SEL, management, and cultural competence. Aisha is chapter co-author, in "DMT for Trauma Survivors: Theoretical, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives.”

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Wellness Through Movement

"Racism, or discrimination based on race or ethnicity, is a key contributing factor in the onset of disease. It is also responsible for increasing disparities in physical and mental health among Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)." (Lewsley 2020). When you layer on taking on the charge to initiate change, being a leader in movements, and holding space for healing from race-based trauma, the stress become compounded. Wellness and wellness practices are essential components to counterbalance, heal, and recuperate from the impact of race equity work. Often times, spaces for rest are not accessible, not created, are underfunded, or are not elevated as a crucial component of race equity work. Wellness Through Movement is a session that focuses on understanding the dynamics of self-care and offering space for recuperation for attendees. The objective of the session is for participants to engage in dance therapy techniques, movement, and mindfulness practices for rejuvenation. Participants will be guided through reflections on holistic self-care practices and leave with tools that they can integrate for more balanced and effective living. Participants will learn about components of self-care, the impact of stress on the body, the impact of race-based stress on the body, and methods to create a holistic approach to caring for self. This training is grounded in Audre Lorde's assertion of self-care as a necessary means of self-preservation. "You are a precious resource...you have a right to health and peace of mind." (Romm)

Speakers: Aisha Bell Robinson, BC-DMT, LCPC