ADHD Coach Training Path: Understanding Their History and Schema

Confused couple selecting ADHD coach training courses


[1] Regarding Laurie Dupar and her iACTcenter Associate Coach, I’ll write another post.

[2] The PAAC is available at
The credential requirements are available at

[3] The ICF is available at
The ADHD Coach Training places that endorses can be found by using the EES (Education Search Service) at

[4] IAC is available at
The programs it offers are at Please note that what you’ll see as discounts have been there for two years.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

[5] The CCE is available at
The ADHD Coach Training places that endorses are at Please note there are a couple of “Universities” which are private; they are not related with the governmental schema.

[6] Recommended Books by PAAC are available at


[I] ACO. “History”. URL: [Retrieved: Jan, 2021]

[ii] ACOโ€™s Website. URL: [Retrieved: Jan, 2021]

[iii] Kubik J A. Efficacy of ADHD Coaching for Adults With ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2010;13(5):442-453. doi:10.1177/1087054708329960

Laly York. Neurodivergent Gen-X writer / B.Ed. / Lawyer. Writing, coding and taking pics. From Jupiter, living in a soap opera; flying on the web with three blogs.


  1. Thank you so much for writing this, Laly, really helped crystalise a few thoughts in my mind too. Given our natural penchant for learning and researching, it makes total sense to do our own ‘coach training’ Love it. Thank you.

    1. Sarah, I’m so glad it helped you!
      Thank you so much for taking a moment to give me your opinion on this.
      I have more posts scheduled, as I mentioned in the newsletter ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Have a great day!

  2. Thanks so much you just saved me “thousands of dollars and mortgaging my house” haha. Top work, love your style, will be coming back for more.

    1. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ well I’m glad I helped protecting your wallet!
      And “Top work”? Woman! You really know how to boost one’s dopamine (Thank you so much, seriously)
      Welcome to the blog!

  3. Ive been procrastinating for months about doing the ADDCA certification. Heres one time when my ADHD has prevented me from making a huge mistake. Im in Australia and no-one knows who they are here anyway. We are only just starting to recognise ADHD coaching at all! Im going to take your advice and move forward on my own. But I’ll definitely be following you here. Thanks so much.

    1. No one knows them? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Welcome Diana!
      I’m glad this post helped you! (and congrats on mastering your brain to wait and seek patiently for the right choice ๐Ÿ˜‰)
      I am developing something very cool for those who want to take this road on their own.
      You’ll love it!
      So, it makes me very happy you’ve already decided to join the blog
      (and of course, you’re welcome ๐Ÿ’žโ™พ)

  4. Hey Laly,

    I just stumbled upon your blog by accident (you know how it goes..), and damn you got my attention. I just got diagnosed with ADHD (aged 32) and while obviously I’m shaken to my very core, I also feel a very strong drive to get involved, to do something.

    You mention here in the comments you’re ‘developing something very cool for those who want to take this road on their own’. Can you elaborate?

    Meanwhile I’ll probably read your entire blog in one sitting, feels like I’ve come to the right place ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Tim, welcome!
      Gosh, you made me weep (happy tears ๐Ÿค—)
      The diagnosis as an adult, yeah… You’ll probably feel you’re in a roller coaster for a while
      Here’s what I felt (ICYMI) “How Having ADHD Saved Me From a Lifetime of Traumas

      To answer to your question: I am developing courses, in our own neurodiverse way; meaning, they are not courses “per se”, and they are going to be affordable
      I was hoping to launch them this month; I am doing my best (you know how it goes ๐Ÿ˜‚)
      I’ve got two more blogs: one about pop music, the other one about web development;
      so to switch to neuroscience in the middle of the morning … “not easy”

      I cannot thank you enough for your kind words.
      You boosted my dopamine, and this is one of those days when I really needed it.
      Thank you, and once again, welcome!!!

      PS: Regarding wanting to get involved, find me on LinkedIn. We can chat over there if you want

  5. Thank you for sharing. I am a therapist with ADHD looking to become a “coach,” but I could not justify paying for a certification after obtaining my masters to become a therapist. I am taking your advice and doing my own research on the brain vs ADHD brain, the struggles and strategies and will go from there. So far Peg Dawson and Russell Barkley have given me a lot of what you suggested.

    1. Hello Kim, welcome!
      And thank you for taking the time to leave your opinion.
      With a masters… c’mon! Of course those private certificates won’t matter!
      This is exactly why I wrote this series of posts.
      You said it all, and I guess I did too.
      I need to read Dawson… I like Barkley a lot; his books have tons of sources to continue studying, and he writes and explains everything so well…
      I hope you stick around!
      Best of luck with your new journey!
      xo, Laly

  6. Another sleepless night here and I’m up googling about ADHD coach programs…one I found is interesting but you have to pay for the program (which isn’t as involved as ADDCA or iACT, etc.)
    but then you pay money every year to renew the license to use the materials for this company. What happens when they decide to pursue another path -you have paid money for training and yearly for the use of their materials?
    I have to say that I have called around and personally talked to several of the big outfits out there that provide the ICF “approved” programs and it almost felt like I was talking to a robot. This happened even in an area that was not for ADHD -every single person had their talking points and could not seem to get off of the track of what they talk about.
    For me the bigger concern lies with ICF and how they are recommending places -as well as the fact that at any moment, regulation could occur and none of these programs could be valid.
    Passionate about serving in a capacity to help those with ADHD but it is a real challenge trying to find the right answer.
    A lot of time and money is involved and a ton of risk…there are master degree programs that you can take classes for less.

  7. Hi Laly, this is a great article, thank you for writing this!

    May I ask what are the top 3 books you’d recommend on ADHD for who wants start the journey to work as ADHD coach?



  8. Thank you so much for this blog post! I am in the UK researching adhd coach training and ended up looking at American training – it’s ridibulously expensive, and I completely agree with you about the description you’ve given here about how to instead become an adhd professional.

So what do you think?