WHO WE ARE:
PAAC is the only organization that offers independent credentialing for ADHD coaches. A PAAC certification indicates a coach has met coach-specific training requirements as specified by ICF, and also has met training requirements in the specialty field of ADHD coaching.
- Having seen the successful path that the International Coach Federation (ICF) paved for general coach credentialing, many in the ADHD coaching profession wanted to be able to also attain a high-level credential specific to both ADD, ADHD and to the field of coaching.
- 2008: PAAC Board of Directors was formed for this purpose. Focused on developing a close alliance with ICF, all founding PAAC Board members were ICF certified coaches, recognized, and well established in the general field of coaching as well as the ADHD coaching field.
- 2012: PAAC began accepting applications for three levels of credentialing in the specialty field of ADHD coaching. A PAAC certification indicates a coach has met coach-specific training requirements as specified by ICF, and also has met training requirements in the specialty field of ADHD coaching.
- 2013: PAAC is approved as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and classified as a public charity organization.
THE NEXT GENERATION PAAC:
- 2018: Given the long-standing tenure of the PAAC founding Board members, this Board officially stepped down from their positions and passed their roles and responsibilities along to a new, inspiring and equally devoted group of Board members. With this change, the new Board is gearing up to launch a number of exciting improvements, revamping our member and public-facing websites and much more. The directive of this new Board is to improve and enhance our programs and standards for coaching excellence, provide additional resources for PAAC coaches and establish on-going continuing education training programs. In doing so, we hope to create a logomark and brand identity that is symbolic of this exciting and forward-focused PAAC. Our ideal brand will be appealing to the eye, fresh and inviting in terms of coloring, and pay homage to the old PAAC.
For your reference, I have attached a copy of our current logo and tagline to provide context. Although we realize that this design is not indicative of our new PAAC. For more information on our organization, please visit the following website: https://www.paaccoaches.org.
What is ADHD Coaching?
- ADHD coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients live more effective and satisfying lives by deepening their learning, improving their performance, and enhancing their quality of life. Clients with ADHD have the same human needs as any coaching client, and also face unique challenges related to ADHD, which can interfere with their quality of life. These challenges might include hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention, as well as the belief that they can't reach their goals because they have ADHD.
What is ADHD?
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
- Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
- Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.
- Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
REFERENCE: Health Topics Overview, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), The National Institute of Mental Health (2016), Retrieved on August 23, 2018, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/top…ndex.shtml