Christopher Scott, M.S.W.,
C.S.W.A. is a social worker from Portland, OR.
Portland-native, Christopher Scott has found purpose giving back to his hometown through social work. Since birth, Christopher faced many challenges, all stemming from his parents’ drug addictions that ultimately led to jail time and treatment. Christopher and his brothers entered foster care, living with multiple family members. Since completing treatment, Christopher’s parents have celebrated 25+ years of sobriety. Despite these early challenges, Christopher overcame society telling him he didn’t have what it takes - ultimately leading him to the social work profession.
After graduating high school, Christopher wasn’t convinced a traditional University was right for him. He became a skilled barber and began to think about his next steps as a small businessman. A few years later, Christopher enrolled at Western Oregon University to earn a business degree and the intent of opening his own barbershops around Portland. Overtime, a business degree didn’t seem to be the right fit and after a conversation with his mother, (who is also a social worker), he decided to change his major to social sciences and graduated a few years later focusing on a career in social work.
After gaining valuable experience in the field, Christopher entered Portland State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Social Work. His area of expertise is working with juveniles, from early childhood to adolescents in schools, outpatient treatment programs, residential treatment programs and juvenile corrections. Christopher is most known for his Hip Hop social worker podcast talking to other social workers and sharing his “Why not me?” philosophy with listeners.
Although you won’t find Christopher cutting hair anymore, he attributes learning key elements to his counseling skills in the barbershop. Ultimately, Christopher wants to motivate others by encouraging them to know they have what it takes to succeed, set goals, continue to be an advocate for mental health, and help bring positive changes to the field of social work.
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