By Joyce Kubik, President.
Welcome to ACO’s second quarterly Celebration of Graduates from various training programs. This is very exciting, and it says that ADHD coaching and the number of coaches are on the rise. It also says we are serious about what we do. Thank you to all the graduates listed for taking the time to further your education, allowing you to better serve your clients. And a special thank you to the trainers.
ADHD Coaching emerged in the 1990s, and in the beginning when there were only a couple of small training programs, many professionals working with ADHD were figuring out how to coach by applying lessons learned in other disciplines. Basically, many of us were coaching with very little training. Some of us didn’t even know that there was an ACO. But that changed. ACO’s name grew and more coaches began finding us.
Among others, we can thank people like Sarah D. Wright, Kerch McConlogue, Madelyn Griffith Haynie, and Nancy Ratey for helping to grow the profession. These are all winners of the Founders Award for distinguished service to the professional ADHD coach community, which is the highest honor a coach can receive. It is presented at our annual conference.
Well trained and qualified professional ADHD coaches are in demand. Our visitors are beginning to ask questions about our training. What is our background? Where did we go to school? How long have we been practicing? It is an indication that the public wants the best in a coach. As the graduates we are celebrating today did, you too can get your training and certification. I coached for ten years before I learned about the ACO, and a couple of years after that I got additional training and became certified.
Now it is your turn. Start thinking about your next step. Talk to some of the trainers. You can find trainers and their programs in the book ADHD Coaching Matters: the Definitive Guide written by Sarah D. Wright. And if you are already trained and certified, please encourage others who are doing ADHD coaching but do not have the training, to do the same and also to join the ACO, the professional membership association for ADHD Coaches. We need more qualified coaches both in the US and abroad.
Once again, congratulations graduates, and I hope I’ll get a chance to meet you at our annual conference in Reston, Virginia, April 29-May 1, 2016
Until the next time . . . .