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Vol.9, Issue 2-February 2014

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Being Prepared
President Joyce Kubik writes, “Our profession is, by definition, based on a DSM diagnosis. As such, we are statistically more likely than other life coaches to encounter clients who are clinically anxious or depressed.” Read more here.

The 'S' Word
Guest Contributor Tim Kelley, the well-known life-purpose coach, wrote a great article for his community about what to do when a client mentions the ‘S’ word – suicide. The article is highly relevant to our community and is reprinted here with permission. Read more here.

Coaches in the News
Mindy Katz and Terry Matlen were interviewed for an article posted at PsychCentral.com, and two articles on coaching--by coaches--made the top 50 at the JAD. Read more here.

Welcome New and Returning Members
We acknowledge and welcome our growing community of ADHD coaches and supporters worldwide. Please take a moment to personally reach out and welcome them.

Research Highlight: Sleep and ADHD
Sleep is a challenging issue for many of our clients with ADHD. Understanding sleep problems (and solutions!) is one of the ways coaches can help their clients. Sleep research is a big arena, but recent articles look directly at sleep in relationship to ADHD: Here's one study on sleep in children from the ADHD Report: Sleep Hygiene in Children with ADHD: Findings and Recommendations, and another that studied sleep in adults from the JAD: Associations Between Sleep Characteristics, Seasonal Depressive Symptoms, Lifestyle, and ADHD Symptoms in Adults.

To access these studies online, you must first log into your ACO member account, then log into the JAD and the ADHD Report.


Why You Should Go To The Conference
Here are some of the things members are saying about the ACO Conference:

  • [Last year] was the first conference I attended, I learned a lot. I have also become part of a wonderful group of people. I am so looking forward to this year's conference.
  • The connection with gifted ADHD coaches helped me add to my professional toolbox. Also, I loved the laughter and sharing with people who “get” ADHD.
  • It's like camp for the brain—love it!

This is the one conference in the world targeted at exactly your professional needs. You will learn a lot, you will get a chance to meet and talk with many interesting and dynamic colleagues, and all your meals are included. This conference is one hell of a deal! So if you haven’t already, sign up now (before you forget) so you won't miss out on your own great personal and professional experiences at the upcoming ACO Conference.

ACO Conference Update
The conference speaker selections have been made and the schedule finalized! We are very excited about the line up. Check out what's in store for you here. Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room. Receive our special group rate for $129.00 per night when you book your hotel room before April 9th, 2014 online.

2013 Conference Recordings Available for Sale
If you didn't get a chance to attend the 2013 Conference in Atlanta, or want to hear a breakout you missed, the recordings are available here.


Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
Ron Bashian, MD, is very impressed with the new book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and its implications for coaching. Read more here.

The ACO Bookstore
Visit our bookstore and find some of the best books in the business.

Looking for Writers
Publishing in Circle is a great way to get your name and contact information out and it increases your expert presence. We are looking for more writers of guest columns, of research reviews, of coaches in the news, etc. If you like to edit or write and think this might be a great way to both get and give in your professional sphere, contact editor@adhdcoaches.org.


Institute of Coaching Research Director Opening
The Institute of Coaching is seeking a part time Director of Research. In addition, pending approval from Harvard Medical School, the successful applicant will be offered a faculty position (Instructor) at Harvard. Read more here.

CHADD's Call for Papers
The quality of the coaching track at CHADD conferences depends on YOU.
The vast majority of coaching track presenters in 2013 were ACO members, and we encourage members to step up. This year, the conference will be held November 13-15, 2014 in Chicago, IL. CHADD is seeking content on: Diagnosis and Treatment, Collaborative Practices, Learning Differences, Research, Smoking and ADHD, Implementation of IDEA and Section 504, Advocacy Empowerment, Multimodal Treatment, Parent Training, Co-existing Conditions, Cultural Diversity, and Coaching. If you've got something to say on any of these topics but have never submitted a CHADD RFP before, check out this article on submitting a winning proposal. Proposals are due by Friday, February 28 and should be submitted here.

PAAC Competency Call
The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) is hosting monthly seminars on their competencies. Find out more about The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) and view the schedule of events here.

ADHD Community Practice Calls
Join your colleagues in professional discussions every month. The ICF ADHD Community of Practice calls are co-sponsored by ICF and the ACO and are open to all ACO members, whether an ICF member or not. Contact ACO member and ICF ADHD Community Practice Leader, Chana Klein, to get on the mailing list to receive monthly notices regarding dates and topics.

Members Stuff

Think you might be missing something?
Oh, you are! Join the ACO now. Take advantage of these great opportunities to learn from the best teachers: a benefit to yourself and your clients. Join the ACO.

Journal of Attention Disorders
Access to the JAD is one of your many membership benefits! Click here to find out more.

ADHD Report
Access to the ADHD Report is one of your many membership benefits! Click here to find out more.

Are you a coach in the news?
Has there been a print article about you somewhere?
Were you on the TV or radio?
Are you speaking someplace?
Let the rest of us know. Send us the info here.

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Each month we will have not more than 3 ads. And reservations can be made 3 months at a time. Circle is emailed monthly (at the end of the month) to about 600 ADHD Coaches and other interested professionals. Get more info here.

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