Scott started working in a small town in Illinois after receiving a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Adams College of Social Work. For 25 years he worked with teachers, students, politicians, CEOs, train engineers, conductors, clerks, nurses, airline pilots, flight attendants and mechanics here and abroad.
Unexpectedly, he developed almost three decades of experience helping those who witnessed and experienced trauma move forward, acknowledging and accepting the experiences as part of the cloth of their life. In the third month of his counseling career, a man lost his life in an Illinois factory. Being in a small town he volunteered his novice skills. As an inexperienced clinician, he shouldn’t have been there, but with guidance from an experienced supervisor/former professor he learned a lesson not taught in school: being present and listening as a fellow being is more important than any philosophy or clinical technique. This served him well in his next position for Canadian Pacific Railway where lives are lost on the tracks and in rail yards every year.
In his first year at Canadian Pacific Railway as the EAP serving 18 Midwestern states, the Department of Transportation mandated drug and alcohol testing across the transportation industry. This government mandate set the terms of his work for the next 20 years. Compassionate employers promote Employee Assistance programs for someone with drug and/alcohol struggles. As disruptive a process as it is for employer and employee, drug and alcohol testing can sometimes identify struggles at a critical moment in a person’s growth, especially if that positive test is perceived to be a catalyst for change. EAPs have traditionally been there for employees at those occasions and United Airlines had a very successful EAP in those terms.
Scott applied for a position and was honored to be one of five mental health professionals employed by United Airlines. He feels lucky to have provided mental health services in England, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Mexico and Peru. Through all that travel, he learned what translates most is a human connection.
After United Airlines lost two planes and many lives during the events of 9/11, Scott spent a month in Pennsylvania with a fellow clinician at the site where Flight 93 went down. Although he had more experience by then, the extended experience was intense for all and being present as a listener for the recovery crew and visiting employees was often enough.
Scott Kimble a license-eligible therapist working under the supervision of Insight Into Action’s Clinical Director, Cyndi Turner. He enjoys kayaking, bike riding, listening to music, and being with the purity of animals. Scott has played guitar daily for 45 years. He’s discovered that there’s comfort in home, especially the farther one travels from it. For 20 years he’s lived in a small Northern, VA town that is less than half the size of the small town he started working in 30 years ago and appreciates the benefits of a small community.