Coach Training and Credentialing – An Ongoing Conversation

In the spring of 2005, a group of experienced ADHD coaches from around the country got together in Herndon, VA to discuss the future of ADHD coaching and the importance of setting standards for professional coaching competencies and ethical standards. We spent three days in a conference room, sharing ideas, arguing philosophy and creating a structure for what is now known as IAAC, The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching. Our knowledge of ADHD, coaching, and the needs of our unique client base, kept us working for days, weeks and, yes, years, to create the first non-profit organization dedicated to credentialing ADHD coaches and setting the standard of excellence for the profession.

The conversation about ADHD coach credentialing is ongoing and it is clear that there are differences in core philosophies among ADHD coaches around the world. What I find frustrating about the conversation is that while we, the ADHD coaching community, are talking amongst ourselves about what is right, or wrong about the credentialing process, we are not telling the rest of the world that we all agree that anyone who professes to be an ADHD coach needs to be held accountable for proper coach training, mentoring and credentialing.

Just last week, an ADHD professional asked me when we were going to institute ethical guidelines and standards for ADHD coaching.  My jaw dropped! Why didn’t this professional, a proponent of ADHD coaching as part of a multi-modal treatment plan, know about IAAC and the rigorous credentialing process currently in place?

What will it take for the ADHD coaching community to come together to make sure that the public knows what it takes to be a qualified ADHD coach? I would appreciate hearing your thoughts and thank the tireless efforts of IAAC volunteers.