Like the conference logo illustrates, the 2016 conference is sure to be an ‘Out of the Box” experience that you will be sorry to miss… So don’t!
Mark your calendar, join our private Face Book group for the 2016 ACO Conference, and watch for the registration information coming to you directly to your inbox. Better yet! Stop by the ACO Exhibit booth at the CHADD conference in New Orleans. We can catch up and fill you in on where the conference stands, touch base on your coaching needs, and reconnect!
We’re hoping you had a chance to look over some conference highlights in last month’s Circle (did someone say Oprah?!). And more is in the works! For example, on Thursday night we are planning a public event with some local coaches to raise awareness of ADHD coaching as a profession. When the time comes, we’ll fill you in on that event and all the other great things we’re planning for you. So stay tuned!
Also, coming soon to your inboxes… information on registration, including exciting pre-conference opportunities you don’t want to miss.
So, as you read 2015 conference presenter, Zipi Kobrinski’s guest post sharing her thoughts on her first ACO conference and getting out of her ‘comfort zone’ by flying 16 hours to attend, start making plans to get yourself to this year’s conference.
Getting Out Of–and Back Into–My Comfort Zone
By Zipi Kobrinski, Guest Contributor
Upon receiving news of that I would have the honor to present my model, ADHD Structural Family Coaching Approach, at the 2014 ACO International Conference, I was both humbled and elated. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be part of such an impactful community, which makes this experience all the more profoundly meaningful to me.
I will always be thankful for being given the opportunity to fulfill my mission, be it while serving as the former principal of junior high school, or as an ADHD coach and a family coach instructor. I have always firmly believed in the structural family approach, and my goal is to promote this approach as best as I possibly can. Additionally, I was thankful for being given the chance to present my model so that I could receive feedback from my accomplished colleagues.
My sheer excitement leading up to the conference was accompanied by apprehension. I couldn’t help ask myself: Will they be open to hearing my experiences as a professional coach in a foreign country, coming from a different culture? How will I cope in a conference in which I know almost none of the participants?
On arriving at the conference, having just come from a sixteen hour flight from Israel, I was overjoyed to learn that the first lecture would be by the wonderfully esteemed Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, who brings with her over 35 years of experienced working with clients around the world. To my delight, the subject of her lecture would be the expanding of horizons and openness to foreign cultures. For me personally, her lecture was a source of inspiration and some much needed comfort.
Over the course of the conference, I quickly realized that my all my worrying was truly unnecessary. Not for a moment did I feel like a stranger. Starting from the first introductory meeting, everyone went out their way to make sure I felt warmly welcomed. Even the technician, who tested the technical equipment before my lecture, thoughtfully offered to return to the auditorium at the start of my lecture, simply to provide me some peace of mind. And that wasn’t all! One of the participants went out of her way to invite me to a tour of the city when she understood I had no plans for the free night.
The conference took place in Phoenix, Arizona in April 2015 and was attended by coaches from around the world. The lectures in the conference were varied in topic and professional in nature, presenting different and interesting perspectives in regards to attention deficit disorders. Despite each lecturer’s unique subject matter, they each provided different strategies for improving the executive functions of our clients, as well as practical tools for the implementation of the coaching process.
I presented my model through the context of a specific case study from my personal clinic, which included special parameters for the Israeli culture and mentality. The openness of the conference participants warmed my heart, and I was pleasantly surprised when some even wrote to me to share their interest and excitement in my model. The insightful feedback I received has been applied to my approach and the coaching tools that I presented. I am so appreciative.
The atmosphere in the conference was uniquely warm and intimate, unlike any other conference I have ever attended. I understand that this is a result of the active initiative of the organizers and have heard quite a bit about the American mentality that is used to accommodating migrants who have arrived from around the world. Nevertheless, the personal warmth and care that I experienced was beyond my wildest expectations.
I returned from the conference with strengthened conviction in the importance and impact of the profession I have chosen to be my life’s work. But above all, I feel proud and honored to belong to this exceptional international community of ACO.
Zipi Kobrinski is a family coaching course instructor, an 8 years veteran family and personal coach, and certified in ADHD cognitive behavior coaching (CBCT). She is the manager of the biggest ADHD consulting forum for parents of ADHD children in Israel. Zipi presents an innovative ADHD structural family coaching approach (ASFCA) which helps ADHD teenagers live up to their potential as well as improving the communication in their families. Her effective approach was first featured at a learning disabilities conference at The Schneider Children’s Hospital in 2008 in Israel.