ADHD COACHING CERTIFICATION

      

ADHD Coaching requires a unique set of skills that are not taught in traditional coach training programs. An ADHD Coach works with individuals who feel or think they may, or know they have ADHD or ADHD-like qualities. ADHD Coaches may also work with persons who do not have ADHD but are related, connected or live with someone who has ADHD. As a result, an ADHD Coach needs to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the disorder and how ADHD impacts upon the client and the coach-client relationship.

It is because of this unique skill set that ADHD Coaches around the world have felt that an ICF credential alone cannot identify who is a competent ADHD coach. By becoming a credentialed coach, an ADHD Coach becomes part of a growing community of ADHD Coaches who have been assessed and are determined to meet the highest standards of skill, experience and training. It also signals to clients and to the wider community that the ADHD Coach has made the commitment to delivering the highest level of ADHD Coaching.

There is currently one active ADHD Coaching credentialing organization. The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) was created with the mission "to establish high standards of excellence in our ADHD certification and accreditation programs. We advocate for coaches and the profession of ADHD coaching, for the benefit of all individuals in need."

The MentorCoach ADHD Coaching Master Classes have been created to give participants the 38 hours of ADHD Coach training that is the minimum required to be credentialed as an Certified ADHD Coach Practitioner (CACP) the first level of ADHD Coach certification through PAAC. The master classes are designed to address the core competencies of PAAC.

To become a Certified ADHD Coach Practitioner (CACP) through PAAC, these are the steps:

REQUIREMENTS

Certified ADHD Coach Practitioner: CACP

 

The Prepared ADHD Coach

TRAINING Hours (accrued): ADHD-Specific

20

TRAINING Hours (accrued): Coach-Specific (Core Competencies)

75
At least 50% ADHD Coach Training

TRAINING Hours (accrued): ADHD Coach Mentoring

20

EXPERIENCE Hours (accrued): ADHD-Impacted Client Coaching Experience

At least 150 hours
105 must be paid
At least 10 clients

Reference Letters

1 Client + 1 Mentor

Competency Testing

1 Oral Exam

Credential Renewal Cycle

3 years;
50 CEs;
10 Hours of Mentor Coaching



The three ADHD Coaching Master Classes are briefly described below.

The Positive Psychology and ADHD Coaching Master Class
(12 hours) curriculum offers much of the nuts and bolts ADHD information need to be an effective ADHD coach, such as symptoms/diagnostic methods/medications and, most importantly, viewing each client as an entire individual. An expected outcome of this class is for each participant to have their own personal toolbox of interventions that they can use with clients with ADHD.

The Positive Psychology and Advanced ADHD Coaching Master Class - Adults (13 hours) course curriculum is designed to put the coach's skill-set into action with clients. Each week is dedicated to a specific 'type' of client issue. The class focuses on adults with ADHD-type symptoms as well as issues that are unique to adults with ADHD. Situations related to working with spouses of individuals with ADHD are also addressed. Each participant has an opportunity to present a coaching conversation to the class, with a class debriefing afterwards.

The Positive Psychology and Advanced ADHD Coaching Master Class - College Students, Teens, Children and Parents (13 hours) course curriculum is designed to put the coach's skill-set into action with clients. Each week is dedicated to a specific 'type' of client. The class focuses on children, teens and young adults with ADHD-type symptoms Situations related to working with parents of individuals with ADHD are also addressed. Each participant has an opportunity to present a coaching conversation to the class, with a class debriefing afterwards.

Coaches who have completed these three classes report that their knowledge and comfort level in working with this population increases significantly.


 

 

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