In my last post on April 16, the focus was on IAAC credentialing and the importance of letting the public know what it takes to be a qualified ADHD coach. Not everyone agrees that credentialing is the way to go because life coach training and ADHD specific coach training is required to qualify. I know that when I seek out professionals, whether a business coach, educational specialist or a doctor, I want to know that the individual has completed certain coursework and has a credential or a license to practice their craft. Prospective ADD coaching clients and their families deserve the same information.
ACO, the ADHD Coaches Organization, provides a list of professional members and associate members so that the consumer can see the level of training and the credentials earned by each coach. This is a great service offered to all members and I applaud the shift from one general membership to the professional membership. The website states: Professional members of the ACO have coach-specific training, as well as education in the fields of ADHD and ADHD coaching. Not all of the professional members have the same type or level of credentialing. However, this is an excellent start to helping consumers choose a well-trained coach who follows the ethical standards set by ACO, IAAC, ICF and/or other coaching organizations.
I was unable to attend the 5th annual ACO conference in Atlanta last month. The feedback from coaches was positive. The conference provided an opportunity for connection, learning and fun. This is a testament to the hard work of the ACO team, past and present and I applaud their efforts to keep this important organization growing and thriving for coaches and for individuals and families with ADD and ADHD who are seeking help from a qualified coach.
Let’s keep the conversation going as we continue to “grow” the field of ADHD coaching.