By Joyce Kubik, President ACO
Celebrating 25 years with ADDA
I was recently at ADDA’s 25th Anniversary and enjoyed time with our tribe and the many adults with ADHD. Well over 40 ACO coaches were at the conference, both as presenters and participants, and we met many people interested in becoming coaches or working with one.
Sarah Wright, Mindy Katz, and Roxanne Fouché delivered a great presentation on becoming a coach using ACO’s new book: ADHD Coaching Matters: A Definitive Guide. The book was available in the conference bookstore and did a brisk business (btw, members who ordered ADHD Coaching Matters at the ACO conference should know that their books will arrive soon after August 1st. International orders may take longer).
Jenny Bandyk, a member of the ACO’s Research Team, earned the Shining Star Award for her volunteer work on ADDA’s conference registration team. ACO members also participated at the talent show. David Giwerc sang “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof, and Miriam Reiss did a comedy act. I wasn’t there for the entire show, but what I saw demonstrated how diversely rich in talent our members are.
Many coaches participated in ADDA’s ADHD Coach “speed dating” event and came away with new and potential clients.
So congratulations to all our dedicated coaches who contributed their time and talents to help make ADDA’s 25th Anniversary Conference such a fantastic success!
Networking and Collaborating
Many coaches did presentations and there was much talk about collaborating with professionals. I think it is important that our coaches become more connected with the professionals in their area. When I first started my business, getting the professionals to understand what ADHD coaching was wasn’t easy. It took a couple years to make them understand I was not trying to do their job. One of the things I did was to call hospital psychology departments and pediatric departments and ask to speak at what they called “grand rounds”. If you’re not familiar with that term, Grand Rounds are 1 hour talks from other professions, drug companies and more that doctors are required to listen to either weekly or monthly. I managed to get myself on their agenda and explained about ADHD Coaching. I used my study, Efficacy of ADHD Coaching for Adults with ADHD, for scientific evidence that ADHD coaching does work. There are now more ADHD coaching studies out there to be used, also. There were a few stuffed shirts out there, but the majority of them began to listen. The referrals started and my business began to flourish.
Another thing I’ll pass along to you is that I became a member of the Ohio Psychological Association. When I tried to join, it said you had to be a licensed psychologist or be sponsored by a psychologist. I’m not a psychologist. As I had presented in my area with local psychologists, I wrote to one of them and asked if he would sponsor me. He agreed and I became an associate member and got onto their listserv. When questions came up about help with ADHD patients, I back channeled and responded. At one time, I sent them a pretty comprehensive list of books for their patience to use.
I encourage you to get in touch with your state’s Psychological Association or make the connection with the proper authorities in your country and see if you can become an associate member. Most of them have newsletter and will allow you to write an article, make an announcement, or present at their annual conference, as I did. I’d like to hear if you successfully become a member of your association or other associations in your area. And don’t forget the grand rounds.
Until next time…