I love mentoring and training emerging coaches how to be great ADHD coaches and create their profitable and sustainable coaching business. Having been a coach for over 12 years, I know how much coaching can make a positive difference in people’s lives and I want to do everything I can to make sure there are great coaches out there serving our community.
However, when it comes to getting certified as a coach there still seems to be some controversy with people on both sides of the “to be” or “not to be” certified fence. You see, currently, there is no legal training requirement to use the title of “coach.” Unlike doctors who must go to school and pass an exam to use the title, anyone can call themselves a coach. Many so-called coaches forego approved coach training and base their expertise on life experience.
Other coaches follow the course of training and certification. Despite the current lack of legal obligation to do so, many dedicated coaches spend time and money to seek certification and credentialing from approved training programs before they use the professional title of “coach.”
So, in a time when coaching is becoming widely known and the need for ADHD coaches is increasing, which direction should a person go if they want to become an ADHD coach? Here are my thoughts:
There is a difference in what you can bring to the coaching session when you have become a certified coach. Coaches who have invested the money, energy and a couple of years training to become a certified ADHD coach are going to be more skilled, experienced and professional than someone who hasn’t gone through that rigorous process. Coach training takes your life experiences and teaches you how to incorporate them into the coaching model. Coach training honors your expertise in other areas of your life and helps you mold these to use in your coaching to serve your clients. Without this training, you may be providing comfort, lending an ear or giving advice, but you are not skilled at eliciting your client’s wisdom, honoring them as fully capable or truly empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.
More and more people are asking about credentials. When I first started coaching 12 years ago, the profession of coaching was just emerging and I rarely got asked if I had a coaching certification or not. In the past five years I have noticed this changing. It is not uncommon now for me to be asked about my training and experience. Potential clients are becoming informed consumers, interviewing multiple coaches and asking great questions. Thanks to organizational and leader support, our community is becoming educated about ADHD coaching and learning that there is a difference between the quality and skill of well trained certified coaches.
Certified coaches are pushing to have the laws changed. Coaches who have put in the long hours and financial investment into making sure they are professionally trained will continue to lead the way and lobby for the privilege of using the title “coach.” I see a day, not too far off in the future, when being certified or credentialed will be a requirement for using the title “coach.”
Even if a potential client doesn’t know to ask, credentialed ADHD coaches like myself are educating our community about what they can expect from their coaches, including the coach training. I want people with ADHD to succeed so being the best coach I can be, and supporting and training emerging coaches, is incredibly important to me.
If you are considering becoming an ADHD coach, there is a program that will fit your needs and provide the support, direction, and training for you to become a certified coach.
Coaches have a weak spot. We always want the best for our clients. Don’t shortchange you or your clients. Invest in yourself to become certified. Be the best coach you can be and experience the fulfillment and satisfaction of seeing your client’s progress. You and your clients will be glad that you did
What do you think? Where do you stand on the ‘to be’ or ‘not to be’ certified fence?
Questions about training to be an ADHD?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can offer you some guidance on first steps to obtaining your certification.