A Healing Place
The Well for Life is a Healing Space prioritizing the needs and leveraging the strengths of BIPOC. Our mission is to Connect, Engage, Equip, Empower, and Elevate through healing centered practice acknowledging legacies of trauma, resistance, and resilience. Through training and development, alliance building, advocacy, and service, we envision a community healing, liberated, and living well. These aims are curated in an environment of safety, support, and love.
The Collective (People)
Alliance Building: We CONNECT & ENGAGE. We Build Constituencies. We organize providers, faith communities, consumers and communities of color. Our Collective’s NET-WORKS. We provide unique opportunities for collaboration, co-creation of healing space and opportunities to engage in advocacy around equitable behavioral health policies and practices. We strive to be the partner and expert of choice. As the Village, We LISTEN & ADVOCATE.
The Center (Clinical Services)
Clinical Service: We EMPOWER. We align with individuals, families and communities to leverage strengths and partner in vulnerabilities. Through trauma-informed lenses, activated in healing centered practices; we provide culturally relevant, community-based services. Services include Individual, Group and Family Counseling, Care Management, Workforce Services, Independent Living Support, Peer Support and health promotion opportunities. We strive to be the Provider of Choice, especially for people and communities of color.
The Institute (Training)
Training and Development: WE EQUIP. We support the pipeline of competent and diverse practitioners of color. We support the acquisition of new knowledge, skills and culturally responsive practice through research, clinical practicum and internship, continuing education, supervision and consultation opportunities. We are a continuing education provider for the Florida Board Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. We are also a Continuing Education provider for the Florida Certification Board. We strive to be the Training Provider of Choice concerning Equitable Behavioral Health Practices, Culturally Responsive Care and Healing Centered Practice. WE TEACH & LEARN.
The Well for Life was founded in 2017 by Dr. LaDonna Butler and Minister Ulas Demese Butler. During this time, Dr. Butler was working in a Social Justice agency, organizing Faith Communities and Clinical Providers of Color around mental health, specifically in Black and Brown communities. She was completing her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, finalizing her dissertation around persistence and attrition factors for African American Women of Color in Counselor Education programs. Dr. Butler, also was serving as an adjunct faculty in a Graduate degree program, working with predominantly African American students in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. It was through this lens that the persisting thought around healing spaces was born. With the support of the Pinellas County Urban League, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the Well was born.
Initially a solo practice, the Well received a capacity building grant to launch the non-profit arm, creating New Visions of what “The Well” looked like in demographics. Calling the question and aligning the framework: What does it look like to be Well? Our Organization began convening and setting course to Organize, Train and Serve communities that consistently are over-represented in adverse health outcomes and under-represented in positive health engagement.
Today, the Well engages 15 independent contractors serving the St. Petersburg community. We partner with Success for Kids and Families to employ 2 fulltime, Healthy Transitions Care Managers and 2 Part-Time peer mentors. We maintains 3 active contracts with a social organization, 2 local community-based organizations and a National Contract with the Alliance for Safety and Justice.
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Dr. LaDonna Butler
Dr. LaDonna Butler serves as a Learning and Development Facilitator and Adjunct Faculty at the University of South Florida – Family Studies Center. She is the Chapter Coordinator of St. Petersburg, Chapter of CSSJ and Coordinates Healing Services for CSSJ’s Survivor Speak.
In addition to these interests and accomplishments, She is most honored to have birthed and “Mothered” 5 of the most beautiful and brilliant children; Imari, Kira, Mason, Oren, and Quinci. She is most loved by her husband, Minister Ulas D. Butler, who serves as Co-Founder and Spiritual Guide for The Well for Life, LLC.
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