A Closer Look – January 2018, Featured Interview: Khalid Scott, MSW, LCSW


1.  What is absolutely the best advice you have ever received and from who?

My mother (Kathleen Scott)!  Mom said from day one (a lyric from the song from the Wiz “Ease on Down the Road….Don’t you carry an load!”) What she was saying was in life, which is going to challenge you, that you have to prioritize “the loads” (issues and problems) that you carry so that you won’t be so bogged down carry too much!  I wish I would listened to her earlier in my life instead of getting it in my 40’s.

2.  What is your greatest achievement?

Becoming a father!  My daughter Anayah is my most highest blessing from God and my successful and ongoing parenting of her is my everyday achievement.

3. What do you value most in friendship and why?

LOYALTY! I’m a Cancerian and one of the attributes of my zodiac sign is Loyalty!  I now require it from anyone in my “Village of Loved Ones!”

4.  If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I’ve always thought about the answer to this specific question and I keep coming up with this answer: Power to control others actions and thoughts. My name would be the Mind Bender. Sounds a little controlling hum lol 😂 ?  I would use it only for good!  I would make abusers be humanitarians, make liars tell the truth, make criminals become Social Workers and make those with low self esteem become heroic like me!

5. What do you want your legacy to be?

A life of taking full responsibility!  My mom always advised me to be a responsible man and I listened! My life overall has been fantastic because of my strong sense of responsibility and that’s the legacy I want to leave behind with everyone whose lives I’ve touched!

6.  What do you value in a relationship with a woman as a single man?

Again loyalty and a woman with a strong spiritual base and a deep love for self and her family! Or any friendship!  Again loyalty and laughter is what I love from friends.

What are the deal breakers?

Easy: Disloyalty!

7.  What moment changed your life?

Two events: 8/21/2002 when my baby was born and 6/6/12 when I got divorced!

8.  Which living person(s) do you admire the most and why?

All the people I love (to include you sister Sharon). All the people (family and friends) in my lifetime have taught me the greatest lessons of life from their own journeys!

9.  If you could travel anywhere in the world 🌎, where would you go and why?

I plan to one day take my baby and I to Africa to see our humble beginnings.

10.  What do you want every person to say and know after meeting and getting to know you?

That God has finally blessed me to meet a true “Good Guy!”

Thanks much!

Khalid B. Scott, MSW, LCSW, CADC, MISA I, CWEL, LPHA,  has a Social Work career spanning over 24 years. Currently he’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Department  of Veterans Affairs (Jesse Brown Hospital) providing housing and substance abuse services to homeless veterans. Khalid is a 18 year contractual psycho-social therapist with CLO Psych Services.  Khalid is also a contractual trainer for CASA Cook County Juvenile Courts and contractual college lecturer at Columbia, Chicago State, Governors State, UIC and DePaul University (MSW program-Chicago campuses). Khalid received his BS in Corrections and Criminal Justice From Chicago State University and MSW from UIC Jane Addams (College of Social Work.)

Khalid in his spare time he mentors adults and youths, provides social work based trainings/workshops and is a motivational speaker for various Chgo-land forums  (i.e.: Assist Her, Real Men Read)and self-empowerment events (i.e.: Relationship Chats,  Expo for Todays Black Woman.)  Khalid has appeared on several TV talk shows (Fox TV’s Perspective and Can TV Exhale and Chatting with Kimistry) as well has appeared on radio talk shows (WVON 1690am, WYCA 102.3 FM, WCFJ-1470 am and Power 92.3 FM).  Khalid has served 9-1/2 years combined in both the US Army and Illinois Army National Guard.

Khalid has written cover reviews for novelists:

Authors: Marquese Martin-Hayes’ “Monday Again”, Dunamis Dee Collins’ “Great Man Where Art Thou”, Sheila McCoy-Downer’s “Deception in the Pews”‘ and Lawrence Greg Chretien Jr’s “When The Wait Gets Too Heavy.”

Khalid has won numerous awards that include 7 military service awards, as well as Chicago State University Leadership Award (1993), Mentor of the Year (1998 and 2005) from the Bashir Foundation, Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.(2006), Tasc Inc. Employee of the Year (2006), Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Motivating Male (2010), Chgo Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (Service Award-2010) and Archbishop J.P. Lyke African American Male Image Award (2010), NAADAC Professional Staff Excellence Award (2015), Chicago Defender Newspaper (2015) Men of Excellence Award, the Illinois 7th Congressional District 2016 Today’s Heroes Accommodation /Award and the Department of Veteran Affairs Social Worker of the Year 2017.

Khalid has multiple memberships that include, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Chicago chapters of the Urban League (Metro Board) and NAACP, multiple Alumni Associations (A.C. Powell Elementary, CVS High school, UIC and CSU), National Association of Black Social Workers, CPS Real Men Read, National Association of Social Workers and the Christian Community Health Center Executive Board member.  Khalid is also a dedicated network builder with an email service that boost a 8000 member list which he provides email resources to networkers. Khalid has been a graduation commencement speaker at various CPS high and elementary schools as well.

Khalid, has an eclectic approach to therapy which includes components of cognitive/behavioral treatment, crisis intervention, brief task-centered and  self-empowerment skill building. Khalid has the genuine and consistent mindset that one can heal themselves with the right guidance and interventions.

“Khalid’s Social Work/professional motto is: Growth {mental, physical and spiritual} starts from an internal source and once fertilized and cultivated, the roots can never be dormant again.

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