Basic ADHD Coach Training
In the Basic Coach Training program, you will learn the fundamental core skills of the coaching process, practice how to effectively employ those skills, and experience how coaching can have a positive impact on clients with ADHD.
Train the premier ADHD coaches in the world so they can skillfully educate and coach people of all ages to embrace the strengths bestowed by their unique brain wiring and empower them to build meaningful, joyful, and successful lives.
By enrolling in any of ADDCA's accredited personal development and coach training programs, you will receive an unparalleled education in how to successfully coach all age groups of people impacted by ADHD.
Since 1998, the ADD Coach Academy has been training and graduating coaches who energize and empower individuals with ADHD to create the life they truly desire and deserve, but never dreamed was possible.
We do this better than any other coach training program in the world by employing practical, memorable, and easy to understand language, tools, and proprietary models that are all supported by validated scientific research.
ADHD Coach Training Program Focus
Our Basic program is an integral part of our fully accredited comprehensive Advanced Coach Training Program and is designed for those who want to gain a practical working understanding of ADHD and ADDCA’s ADHD proprietary coaching models. You will learn how to coach people with ADHD to:
- Become more self aware of their unique ADHD challenges to truly understand what has been getting in their way
- Discover how they learn and process information to allow for greater comprehension and understanding of tasks, learning assignments, instructions, etc.
- Identify and utilize their strengths so they can activate their brains and gain the confidence and motivation to take action that creates positive momentum toward completing important tasks and goals
- Use their brain’s distinctive way of doing things to allow for greater consistent success
With ADDCA’s Basic Coach Training Program, you will learn the essential skills necessary to move people with ADHD from the stress and anxiety of their invisible challenges to a new life where they can confidently manage and thrive with their ADHD.
The ADDCA Difference
Year after year, the ADD Coach Academy trains and graduates the largest and most respected group of ADHD coaches in the world.
Our program has developed and evolved through 20 years of successful experience working with all age groups of people diagnosed with ADHD. The knowledge, skills, and models we teach in our training program cannot be learned at any other coach training program in the world.
Here are a few of the program elements that distinguish us from all other programs:
- Become Both a Certified Life Coach and ADHD Coach
Our comprehensive coach training program prepares you to be able to obtain your certification credentials in both Life Coaching and ADHD Coaching. A growing number of our trainees are becoming Life Coaches with a specialty in ADHD, which allows them to market their coaching services to a larger client base.
- Focus on Processing Styles
No other coach training program teaches coaches about "preferred" and "dominant" processing styles and how these work together in different learning situations for individuals with ADHD.
This knowledge is critical to helping your future clients discover how they learn and process information. In turn, this allows for better understanding and completion of important personal, academic, and workplace assignments, tasks, and goals.
International Coach Federation (ICF), the global governing body for the coaching profession
Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC), the international organization that credentials ADHD coaches and accredits qualified ADHD coach training programs
Our coach training meets and upholds the rigorous training standards established by the world's leading governing bodies.
Our graduates will have met the training requirements to become certified coaches with both ICF and PAAC.
ADDCA provides you the opportunity with our one training program to become certified in two areas of expertise – life coaching and ADHD coaching.
- A Neurodiverse Strengths-Based Approach
Other programs only focus on how to manage the challenges and impairments of ADHD. However, truly helping someone with their ADHD comes from a balanced approach. They must understand and manage their challenges, but they must also learn to create positive momentum so they can move forward with their lives. This positive momentum comes when you help them understand their unique strengths and show them how to use those strengths to reach their goals.
The program focuses on training you to uncover each individual’s neurodiverse strengths and then to use that knowledge and understanding to encourage ADHD individuals to confidently work with their brain's distinctive wiring to create more successful, fulfilling lives.
To do it any other way denies individuals with ADHD the essential foundational tools and strategies they need to make sustainable, positive changes in their lives.
- Research and Evidence Based Curriculum
Our comprehensive ADHD coach training is supported by the most current neuroscience research on the neurotypical and ADHD brain. This is very helpful when educating your clients about the differences and challenges of the ADHD brain and how they show up for each individual in various situations. Our training program also incorporates the latest research from the fields of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Executive Functioning, Willpower, Habit Change, and Goal Setting.
- Proprietary Models
Our proprietary models, coaching processes, and strategies have been developed, refined, and used by our coaches and their clients over many years. These models were developed to unravel the complexity of ADHD and its relationship with executive functions and convert that knowledge into practical language anyone can understand so they can successfully apply it to their daily lives.
These proprietary models can only truly be learned and fully practiced in our ADDCA training programs.
David Giwerc, Founder and President of the ADD Coach Academy, and Barbara Luther, Director of Training, have 40 years of combined experience coaching clients and training ADHD coaches. David and Barbara are both MCAC (Master Certified ADHD Coaches), Master Certified Coaches (MCC), and Board Certified Coaches (BCC).
The rest of the ADDCA faculty have decades of additional client coaching and coach training experience, and they are all certified coaches at the Professional or Master level. We have been training ADHD coaches longer than anyone else in the world. We know what works! There are thousands of people with ADHD who were barely surviving and are now thriving due to the education, skill, expertise, and dedicated service of ADDCA trained coaches.
- Ongoing Research
The ADD Coach Academy is currently involved in cutting edge research with the VIA Institute on Character Strengths. We are the only ADHD coach training program in the world involved in this type of research.
- Library of Resources and Demo Sessions
You will gain access to our extensive library of ADHD research articles, ADHD resources and tools, coaching tools, and sample documents to build your practice. This also includes recordings of ADHD coaching sessions demonstrated by the top ADHD coaches and trainers in the world. We continue to add to our library and also encourage our students to share tools and resources they’ve found and/or developed.
- Business Development
We don’t just teach you about ADHD and coaching. Our curriculum includes a module on starting a coaching practice and how to position your practice so that it stands out. Building your coaching practice is not about selling, it is about passionately displaying your purpose for coaching in an engaging, interesting format that will attract the type of clients interested in learning more about you and your style of coaching.
This module encourages development of a business and marketing plan, asks you to identify your initial target market, invites you to practice delivering a complimentary session, and supports you with the development of a client welcome packet.
Your comprehensive ADDCA coach training will provide you with the practical knowledge, proven skills, and practice to exude the confidence of an outstanding ADHD coach who can empower your clients to create purposeful and fulfilling lives.
The Basic ADHD Coach Training program includes the following:
All teleclasses involve long distance learning conducted on the highest quality fiber optic telephone bridge lines. All classes are set up in private bridge lines with a special code which only your classmates can access.
This provides you and your classmates with your own virtual classroom which is private and supports confidentiality for sharing within classes.
All teleclasses are recorded. If you miss an occasional teleclass or just want to review the class content, you can download the recording and listen when and where you prefer.
Module 99 (Simply ADHD Course)
Two 90-minute teleclasses per week for 6 ½ weeks (13 sessions)
Module 100 (Personal Transformation Course)
Two 90-minute teleclasses per week for 9 weeks (18 sessions)
Modules 101-104 (Basic ADHD Coach Training Course)
Two 90-minute teleclasses per week for 16 weeks (26 sessions)
Ten 60-minute practicum teleclasses occurring alongside modules 102 and 103 (10 sessions)
We have gone green! You will receive three electronic ADDCA course manuals - one for Simply ADHD, one for Personal Transformation, and one for the Basic ADHD modules 101 - 103. These training manuals include proprietary ADDCA coaching models, ADHD and coaching knowledge, tools, strategies and mind maps for visual learners.
If you wish, you can purchase hard copy manuals for an additional charge at registration checkout.
The student portal provides private access to the specific program(s) you have registered for. You can access teleclass recordings, expert coaching demonstrations with clients, your schedule of classes, classmate contact information, a library of proprietary information, research articles, ADHD and coaching educational articles, announcements, and personal transcripts in the portal.
Coaching Skills Practicum:
This is module 104 in the Basic ADHD Coach Training program. The practicum teleclasses occur alongside modules 102 and 103. These practicum teleclasses provide you opportunities to practice your ADHD coaching skills and receive feedback from a credentialed, experienced teleclass leader.
The practicum sessions occur on opposite days to your general teleclasses but usually at the same time of day. (For example, if modules 101 through 103 are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 am, then your module 104 practicum sessions will likely be on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11 am.)
You will be assigned classmate learning partners, usually in groups of three. We encourage the learning partner groups to meet weekly to practice using the tools and strategies you are learning, to coach one another and receive feedback. This additional practice and opportunity to process and apply what you are learning will deepen and strengthen your development as an ADHD coach.
Marketing Support for Basic Certified Coach Graduates:
After graduating from Basic ADHD Coach Training, you can test for Basic certification (AACC - ADDCA Associate Certified Coach). Upon attaining this AACC certification, you will receive a free listing in the ADDCA Coach Directory where you can present your new coaching business.
Completion of the Simply ADHD, Personal Transformation, and modules of the Basic program will give you 91.5 CCE hours of core coaching competency training that can be applied toward your ICF and/or PAAC certification.
Please note: The cost of the program does not include the following:
- The cost for phone calls or internet - Find out more
- The cost of mentor coaching - Mentor coaching is a requirement for graduation and certification at ADDCA, as well as for ICF and PAAC certification. This is a separate fee paid to the mentor coach. ADDCA will provide a recommended list of mentor coaches who have agreed to hold a few reduced-rate spots for ADDCA mentees. The approximate cost of mentor coaching for 5 hours at the Basic graduation level is $750.
- Certification Application - There is no application fee to apply and test for Basic graduation. However, there is an application fee when you choose to apply and test for the AACC certification exam.
New to ADDCA? Find out more about the program by listening to our free introductory teleclass
Course ModulesSimply ADHD Course (M-99)
This foundational course will provide you with an understanding of the breadth and depth of ADHD and executive functions described in everyday language. We explore the aspects of ADHD from a challenge as well as a strength context, look at environments for success, and offer some of the related neuroscience and concepts that apply to each ADHD trait.
We also provide proven tools, proprietary models, and strategies that powerfully support those impacted by ADHD to allow them to minimize and/or manage it so they can live more joyful, fulfilling lives.
Personal Transformation (PT) (M-100)
During this next foundational course, you will engage in a transformational exploration of a set of coaching tools you will use first for yourself, then with your ADHD clients. You will participate in your own process of growth and self development while also learning from the process of others. You'll get your first look at the ADDCA Foundational Principles which will provide you with a powerful lens to view your best, authentic self and begin developing your own foundational principles upon which your coaching business will stand.
The end goal of the PT classes is to create a clear picture of the key strengths, values, and attributes which genuinely identify who you are so that what you choose to do with your life is aligned with your core essence as a human being. This will allow you to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of what your clients with and without ADHD will experience in their own journey toward personal growth, success and fulfillment. It will provide you with expanded insight and confidence as you integrate the ADHD coaching skills with your future clients.
Introduction to Coaching (M-101)
This module is designed to introduce you to personal life coaching. We'll define coaching and discuss what it means to be a coach. We'll also look at how life coaching is distinguished from other professions such as therapy or counseling, and how ADHD coaching differs from general life coaching. You'll get your first look at the International Coach Federation's Core Coaching Competencies and the ethical guidelines we follow as well as look at the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches' Core Coaching Competencies and Ethics.
Our goal is that by the end of this module, you'll have your own way to explain what coaching is, and specifically what ADHD coaching can do to support those impacted by ADHD.
LEAP & QuestVersation© Models (M-102)
This module is designed to introduce you to two basic ADDCA coaching models:
- LEAP - the four stages of client development and growth
QuestVersation© - focuses on a Quest for client clarity utilizing skills that are essential for a disciplined coaching conversation
These models will serve as a foundation for your coaching. They will inform and guide you throughout every coaching session in your training and in your future coaching practice.
As you learn the steps of the coaching conversation and skills used in each step, you will also learn how to utilize the coaching competencies within the conversation. Practicing the competencies within the coaching conversation will prepare you to become a certified coach.
This module challenges you to learn the structure of an ADHD coaching conversation plus some basic tools for each step so you are prepared to successfully practice your coaching skills with clients at a basic level of coaching.
Establishing the Coaching Partnership (M-103)
This module invites you to think about the coaching relationship and how to establish a strong partnership of trust. You will explore what you need to start a coaching relationship off on a strong note, and you will use our ADDCA forms to develop your first Welcome Packet which will uniquely position you and your coaching practice in the marketplace.
This module also encourages you to explore and identify your first target market, set fees, and develop a basic business and marketing plan to attract coaching clients. You will practice introducing yourself as a coach and explore how to enroll new clients. This module invites you to develop processes for your coaching business and decide how to articulate roles, responsibilities, and expectations in the coaching relationship.
Coaching Skills Practicum (M-104)
Coaching Skills Practicum teleclasses provide you opportunities to practice your skills and receive oral and written feedback from credentialed, experienced teleclass leaders. You will also learn as you listen to your classmates' coaching and feedback, noting the steps of the conversation, practicing the ICF and PAAC coaching competencies, and listening/working from an ADHD lens.
Graduation and Certification Requirements
ADDCA offers multiple levels of accomplishment for Basic ADHD Coach Training students. The level you pursue is based on your purpose for taking the courses.
- Certificate of Completion
- Graduation (AAC designation – Associate ADHD Coach)
- Certification (AACC designation – Associate Certified ADHD Coach)
Certificate of Completion (without AAC designation):
This certificate is beneficial for two situations:
- You are interested in learning for yourself and your family and do not intend to become an ADHD coach
- You are already a certified coach who wants to add an ADHD specialty and/or use the training to renew your certification
To receive a Certificate of Completion, you must attend 80% or more of each module in person (live, on the phone) and participate in class. However, you may choose to not complete the remainder of the requirements for graduation.
Graduation (with AAC Designation):
You can graduate from the Basic ADHD Coach Training program and receive an ADDCA Associate Coach (AAC) designation by meeting the following criteria:
- Attendance: Complete the Simply ADHD (Module 99), Personal Transformation (Module 100), and Basic Course (Modules 101-103) at or above the required 80% attendance level
- Module Review Questions: Successfully complete the Module Reviews for each module listed in the Course Module section.
- Coaching Skills Practicum (Module 104): Meet the following requirements of the Coaching Skills Practicum: practice being a coach 2 times, act as the client 1 time, observe 8 other practicum sessions, and complete observation forms on those observed sessions
- Mentor Coaching*: Work with an ADHD PCC/PCAC or MCC/MCAC mentor coach for at least 5 hours. All of those hours can be group mentor coaching. (Note: If you plan to apply for certification, ICF requires 10 hours of mentor coaching and PAAC requires 20 hours.) This mentoring must be spread out over a minimum of a 3-month time period and some of the hours must be completed within six months prior to your application for graduation.
- Mentor Letter of Recommendation: Obtain 1 letter of recommendation from your mentor coach confirming you are coaching at the AAC/CACP level
- Client Coaching: Submit a log confirming that you have coached at least 2 clients for a minimum of 20 hours. (Only 5 of the hours can be pro bono.)
- Project: Complete a Welcome Packet customized toward your first target market
- Final Oral Exam: Successfully complete a final oral coaching exam demonstrating coaching skills at the ACC/CACP level.
*Additional fee applies for mentor coaching.
Certification (AACC Certification**):
Once you have graduated from the Basic ADHD Coach Training program with an AAC designation, you can choose to:
- Enroll in the Advanced ADHD Coach Training program and work toward the next level of graduation to significantly raise the proficiency level of your coaching and become more confident in the coaching process
- Pause and go for graduate certification (AACC) as soon as you have met the following graduate certification requirements
Obtaining an AACC certification means you have successfully met the requirements for, and demonstrated coaching competency, at the ICF ACC/PAAC CACP level. The benefits of applying for the AACC are that:
- You will be tested by assessors familiar with ADHD coaching who can provide you valuable feedback about your coaching skills
- You will have an ADDCA certification stating that you are an ADHD- trained coach
In order to apply for your AACC Certification from ADDCA, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a graduate of the Basic ADHD Coach Training program and have received your AAC designation (see above)
- Have coached at least 5 clients and accumulated at least 75 client coaching hours (Up to 25 hours can be pro bono, but the rest must be paid coaching hours.)
- Have a total of 10 mentor coaching hours from a PCC/PCAC or MCC/MCAC mentor coach
- Obtain a letter from an ADHD PCC/PCAC or MCC/MCAC mentor coach who has heard you coach and can attest that you are coaching at the AACC/ACC/CACP level
**There is an additional fee for the AACC application process.
Upon receiving your ADDCA AACC certification, you are automatically eligible for the PAAC CACP credential, except that you must have coached for 150 hours before you can apply.
PLEASE NOTE: The courses listed below are designed to build upon one another.
They should be taken in the specific order presented below. Contact us if you have questions.
Register early as class sizes are limited.
Module 99 (Simply ADHD Course) *Pick one date only*
(S-61) October 5, 2015 - November 18, 2015 | M&W 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time (revised start date)
(S-62) November 17, 2015 - January 14, 2016 | T&Th 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time
Module 100 (Personal Transformation Course) *Pick one date only*
(PT-61) November 23, 2015 - February 3, 2016 | M&W 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time
(PT-62) January 19, 2016 - March 17, 2016 | T&Th 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time
Module 101-104 (Basic ADHD Coach Training Course) *Pick one date only*
(B-59) October 7, 2015 - January 18, 2016 | M&W 8:00-9:30 PM Eastern Time
(B-60) November 24, 2015 - March 8, 2016 | T&Th 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time
(B-61) February 17, 2016 - May 18, 2016 | M&W 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time
(B-62) March 22, 2016 - June 28, 2015 | T&Th 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time
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Pricing and RegistrationBasic ADHD Coach Training Program
This Basic ADHD Coach Training Program includes the first three courses in our coach training program: Simply ADHD, Personal Transformation and the Basic training course. You can register for the entire program now or you can register for as Stand-Alone courses.
You must take the courses in order.
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