What’s the Reason You Call Yourself a Coach?

Maureen Nolan Circle Editor

This year I matriculated once again, starting my second master’s program (the first in architecture was not finished), this time  in Community Counseling. Why? I’m already an ADHD Coach.

These are the first thoughts off the top:

  • I want to work in a college environment and the ones in my city don’t accept anyone with less than a master’s degree.
  • My city does not offer a coaching program.
  • I want another local community of peers with whom to socialize and share information.
  • I want to share the coaching way with the counseling community.
  • I want the option to offer clients insurance.
  • I want to learn how to create and understand research for ADHD Coaching.

Our coaching community is made up of amazing people but we are of many voices of how to take the road to the coaching profession. Coaching is still young and without recognized standards of education, so there are almost as many ways to claim the title as there are people calling themselves coaches. Our profession does not even require a college degree. And there are coaches who may or may not have similar coach training.

You can have two people with the exact same formal education but one has completed a coaching program and the other hasn’t, yet they both call themselves coaches. Haven’t we all heard the comment, ‘No one has ever asked me about my coach training?’ Maybe we should offer this information instead of waiting to be asked.

I started coach training because I worked in a K-8th grades program for students with LD and ADHD and other spectrum challenges, and I saw a need for ADHD coaching for all ages. Coincidentally, my children and I were diagnosed with ADHD so I knew this was important work in my life.

My prototype in business was as a PTA mom/coach, you know the kind who will do anything for anyone and not ask for anything. Thankfully that stage has passed. The center of my practice is me. I’m the fulcrum around which business grows.  I set my own standards for my coaching practice, but I count on the other professional coaches to keep me on my toes and encourage my growth. It’s not my way or the highway on the road to coaching.

Must there be a higher standard of education in coaching, or just a standard, if you will? Is it just me or my ADHD that notes how standards for being an ADHD coach can be confusing? I’m asked by my counseling professors ‘what is the difference between ADHD Coaching and counseling?’ I’ll share that with all of you in my Master’s thesis.

Let’s Talk

What are your standards for ADHD coach training and education? Be a part of the conversation. What do you think are the minimum standards of education and training that should be required to be an ADHD coach? If the coaches themselves don’t set the standards, someone else will. In the meantime, lead by example and talk about your path to coaching. We’d all learn something. I’d like to hear from you at editor@www.adhdcoaches.org.

PS: Would you like to submit an editorial? Please contact Maureen Nolan at editor@www.adhdcoaches.org.