By Joyce Kubik, President
The first time I heard of the IAAC (Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching) was during the ACO conference in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008. This was my first ACO conference and I was new to the greater world of coaching. While attending one of the workshops, I was handed a document developed by the IAAC on ADHD Coaching Core Competencies. It was the first I’d heard of credentialing for ADHD coaches and I thought it was a great step forward for the profession.
I’m writing about the IAAC today because, as of November 2013, the organization is no more, and I want to acknowledge their role in the development of the ADHD Coaching profession.
Reviewing the Past
IAAC and ACO were both founded in 2005. While the ACO was founded to be the professional association for ADHD Coaches, the IAAC was the groundbreaking global credentialing body, formed to “define, protect the integrity of, and support the profession of ADHD Coaching.”
It took four years, and the involvement of dozens of dedicated people, but in 2009 the IAAC’s first credentialing process was exercised, setting the standard for the Associate Certified ADHD Coach (ACAC) credential, the first level of full IAAC credential status. The additional levels were the Certified ADHD Coach (CAC) and Senior Certified ADHD Coach (SCAC) credentials.
Despite the growing interest in, and need for, an ADHD Coach credential, 2007-2012 were difficult years for the Institute. The IAAC, like the ACO, was run on volunteer power, and there simply were not enough volunteers. It became apparent to the IAAC Board that a larger infrastructure was needed to continue the growth of credentialing for ADHD Coaches internationally. But where to find it?
Dee Crane, who had been on the board of the Institute for years, initially as president and later as chair of the ethics and policies committee, conceived of the idea of approaching the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE-global.org) to provide the missing infrastructure. With the encouragement and involvement of Jodi Sleeper-Triplett and Sue Sussman, two of the original founders of the IAAC, conversations began. It was hoped that the CCE could be convinced to take this on, providing a smooth transition for IAAC credentialed coaches and support for those ready to apply for their first coaching credential. And it happened.
In closing its doors, IAAC has announced that their credentialed coaches will be able to convert their IAAC credential to the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors. They have also announced that the establishment of an ADHD Coaching Specialty Certification from CCE will be forthcoming.
Celebrating the Past and Future
I want to say to the past and present leaders of the IAAC, “Hats off to you!” You were the catalyst for creating an ADHD coach credential, which many of our members now hold. You have an indelible place in the history of our profession as being the first, and that is something to be very proud of.
And, thanks to your forward thinking and substantial efforts, what you started will live on. Going forward, ADHD Coaches will have the opportunity to earn their Board Certified Coach credential and their ADHD Coaching Specialty Certification through CCE Global.
Volunteering Moves the Profession Forward
I appreciate stories such as this, as it reminds me once again of the value of a volunteer. Right now I’m thinking of all the wonderful members who are volunteering for the ACO conference coming up May 2-4 in Phoenix. Their volunteer efforts will bring a rewarding experience not only to all our members, but also to those who have volunteered.
Throughout my life I have felt the great personal rewards of volunteering in my community and beyond. The satisfaction of helping improve lives and communities never feels burdensome. On the contrary, it lifts my spirits to volunteer for the things I believe in. Making a difference matters.
Until next time . . . Joyce