By Sarah D. Wright, Editor

The ACO congratulates Coach Approach for Organizers — an ADHD Coach Training Program not just for organizers — for having received its ACTP accreditation from ICF.


Denslow Brown, the founder of Coach Approach and member of the ACO’s Professional Advisory Board writes:

Coach Approach’s Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) is delivered in teleconference format with a supporting on-line learning center for resources and student forums. The program includes twenty advanced coaching courses on subjects such as: Holistic Time Management, Body-Based Coaching, Productivity Coaching, Coaching the ADHD Client from Awareness to Action, as well as a series of leadership courses (Inspiring the Leader, Women and Leadership, Coaching the Team). There are also several lab-style courses that focus on specific core competencies and meet mentor coaching requirements (Co-creating the Relationship, Designing Actions, Managing Accountability, etc.). All advanced courses are open to coaches trained anywhere who have a minimum of 60 hours of coach-specific training and 75 paid client hours. For the most part, they may be taken in any order.

Whether ADHD is in the course title or not, all courses address the ADHD client and ADHD coaching strategies. “Since Cam and I began designing the CA curriculum in 2006, we made a point of meeting and exceeding ICF training standards. I was a small part of the very large team that developed PAAC’s competencies and code of ethics and they are now incorporated into the curriculum. PAAC accreditation is on our horizon, but this first hurdle of achieving ICF’s ACTP status is, for us, a joyous accomplishment of a long-term goal,” states Denslow Brown, MCC, Coach Approach president and director of training.

For professional organizers and productivity specialists, these courses build on Coaching Essentials, an eight-week, stand-alone course in basic coaching skills. It’s the first in a five-course foundation program (Strengths-Based Coaching Brain-Based Coaching, Life & ADHD Coaching and Organizer Coach Integration) which leads to graduation from the CoachApproach program, and also puts the graduate in a position to apply for the ICF’s ACC certification.

Four coaching credentials are available to foundation graduates who continue into specific and elective advanced courses. Administered through Coach Approach’s credentialing arm, The Institute for Applied Coaching, these credentials include the ACC-level Certified Organizer Coach, as well as the following PCC-level credentials: Certified ADHD Organizer Coach, Certified Productivity Leadership Coach and Professional Certified Organizer Coach.

You can read more about the program here.

SarahDWrightSarah D. Wright is a founding board member of the ACO, author of ADHD Coaching Matters: The Definitive Guide and currently serves as Circle editor. She can be reached at