Category: ADHD Education
Stimulant diversion, which can range from giving a friend a single pill to selling one’s prescribed pills to others, is on the rise; and young adults, particularly college students, are the primary source of this increasing and troubling form of prescription medication misuse.
By David Giwerc, MCAC, MCC
ADDentifiers are words that seem similar in meaning but when articulated identify the shifts the ADHDer is missing.
ADDentifiers describe the lower level of functioning and encourage the client to move up to the next level of ADDentification.
To recap our first 3 articles in the series:
- Anyone can call themselves an ADHD coach regardless of their training and qualifications
- The preeminent governing bodies in the coaching profession, ICF, PAAC, develop standards that accredited coach training programs must meet
- ADHD coaches need special training in both the ICF life coaching competencies and the ADHD Coaching competencies (PAAC), plus an understanding of the ADHD brain and other specialty areas related to executive functions.
Now we will talk about the different types of ICF and PAAC certification.
When looking for a quality ADHD coach or ADHD coach training program, it’s important to remember two things:
- Quality coach training programs are accredited (by ICF and PAAC)
- Individual coaches apply for certification as a credentialed professional coach (from the accredited program and/or ICF and PAAC).
by Caroline Maguire, PCC, M.Ed.
You need not helicopter to help your child make friends — in fact, too much parental interference can do more harm than good, especially in middle school.
Follow these strategies to boost your tween's confidence and skills in the most challenging settings and scenarios.
Those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are often targets of very negative, hurtful comments. When attacked, they experience an amygdala hijack and fall into fight, flight, or freeze, which can trigger hours of rumination.
Overview and Recommendations
by David Giwerc, MCAC, MCC
Distinguishing Between Certification, Credentialing, and Accreditation
The following is a multi-part article that addresses a vital need in both the ADHD community of adults, and the life coaching profession: what do we do with an industry that doesn’t regulate its coaches, where anyone can call themselves a “certified” ADHD coach regardless of whether they have actually received training from a credible, established, accredited program?
How are adults—especially those who’ve only discovered their ADHD diagnoses in recent years—supposed to find a qualified coach with highly specialized training in adult ADHD?
For that matter, why should an adult take advantage of all the support a coach can offer when anyone is allowed to call themselves an ADHD coach?
by David Giwerc
Research clearly indicates psychopharmacology’s prominent role as an ADHD intervention.
Even if the primary care physician is comfortable with treating an ADHD adult, the typical office visit does not allow sufficient time to address every issue that confronts the newly diagnosed adult ADHD patient.
The patient may leave with an appropriate ADHD medication regimen, but many other critical problems related to the diagnosis may remain unaddressed.
Since its inception in 1999, the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) has embraced both distance e-Learning and adult learning principles in our ADHD coach training and educational courses.
Our program is specifically designed to leverage the advantages of voice-to-voice training, traditional classroom structure, and interactive, flexible, creative online learning.
It’s designed to engage and activate the unique brain wiring of all of our coaching students.
I have ADHD. No, I’ve never been officially diagnosed as an adult.
As a toddler in the early 90s, the teachers just called me “challenged” and told my parents I needed help.
In what I can only describe as heroism, my parents refused to medicate me. Instead, they were advocates for me through and through, and over time, I learned to deal with being endlessly distracted.