Book Excerpt: Communication With the Client’s Care Team

Oftentimes, young people with ADHD will have other support people besides a coach in their lives, from psychiatrists to educational specialists, from teachers and tutors to family doctors and neurologists. Although it is not your job as the coach to manage the whole care plan for the client, it is often important to have open lines of communication with one or more of these care providers or allied professionals to make for smooth transitions between types of care and to enhance the multimodal treatment plan.

As a coach, you may want to take some time to think about the degree to which you are willing to communicate with the client’s care team and whether this communication is included in your standard fees. In my case, I communicate with the client’s care team on an as-needed base, and I include basic, brief communication in my normal fees. This may involve an initial phone call to the client’s therapist (with client permission) to let the therapist know I’ll be coaching the client and to ask whether there are any important issues I should be made aware of before moving forward with coaching.