Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families


  • Are you a coach who wants to work with parents who have children with ADHD? 
  • Are you interested in coaching young children, adolescents, teens or young adults who struggle with the challenges of ADHD?  

If so, our newest, elective program, Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families is for you!

Families with at least one ADHD child experience daily challenges with homework, emotional regulation, relationships, impulsive, negative behavior, procrastination, motivation and much more! These executive function challenges make children feel terrible about themselves and hopeless about the future. 

This can often leave parents feeling frustrated, anxious and completely exhausted. If they have ADHD themselves, it only exacerbates the challenges they are already facing. 

The bottom line is parents are desperate to understand their child's ADHD challenges but don’t have the knowledge or tools to support them in productive ways. Parents, also often feel isolated from friends and family for fear of being inundated with well-meaning yet ineffective advice or being judged as incompetent parents. 

For these families to move forward, they need a well-trained ADHD Coach who has an extensive understanding of how ADHD impacts families. 

Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families is an innovative and comprehensive program which will provide coaches with a solid foundation to work with parents and their children who are being held back by the invisible barriers of ADHD. 

These teleclasses will present common coaching scenarios typically encountered by ADHD coaches when working with parents. Specific ADHD Coaching skills using new Family models and strategies will be demonstrated in a variety of different family scenarios. Coaches will also have opportunities to practice specific family coaching skills during our coaching labs and receive constructive input focused on strengthening their skills and strategies to meet the diverse needs of families.

Developed by ADHD Family Coach, Caroline Maguire, PCC, ACCG, M.Ed. and the ADD Coach Academy, this comprehensive program incorporates the latest research related to ADHD and Executive Functions in the Family.


Prerequisite Requirements to Begin Program: 

Below are the minimum requirements to begin program:

For ADDCA-trained Coaches: 

  • Minimum of 80% live attendance (Mod.99-103) 
  • Completion of Module Review Questions (Mod.99-103) 
  • Completion of Basic Coaching Skills Practicum, including Observations (Mod.104) 
  • Completion & submission of Basic Project (Welcome Packet)

For Non-ADDCA- trained Coaches: 

  • Documentation of successful completion (at least 100 hours) of coach-specific training from an ICF-accredited (ACTP) coach training program. (To see if you qualify- See below)
  • Completion of Prerequisite Courses* which include: Simply ADHD (Mod.99) and Personal Transformation (Mod.100) 
  • Completion of Self-Study Module (Mod.200) to familiarize you with ADDCA Models. (Mod. 200 included with Family Program registration.) 

*To See If You Qualify:
Please email your coach training documentation to student@addca.com. Please put Family Fundamentals Program in the Subject Line. Once this documentation is received, our Student Support Services team will email you a link  to register for the Prerequisite courses.

Please Note:

The Family program is a specialty track for those interested in coaching families who have met the enrollment requirements (see Requirements for Enrollment).

The program is an approved track within the ADDCA comprehensive coach training program as accredited by ICF. This means that all hours in the Family program are recognized as core competency training for students wanting to use the training hours toward their hours required for ICF certification and/or recertification. 

A student completing the ADDCA Family program will receive an ACSTH certificate of completion showing 93 hours of coach-specific training. While these hours are approved toward certification and/or recertification, they do not replace Advanced coach training. (For ADDCA students only: Advanced coach training is required by ADDCA to apply for your ACG, PACG, or ACCG)


Program Details

What's Included

General Teleclasses: (27 weeks)

All teleclasses involve long distance learning conducted on the highest quality telephone bridge lines, 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 class.

Module 501 (Working with Families) 

Module 502 (Parent Coaching)

Module 503 (Changing  Behavior) 

Module 504 (Teaching Executive Function Skills) 

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Electronic Manual:

You will receive an electronic manual that include class objectives, specific models, tools, case scenarios and field work.
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Coaching Labs:

Coaching Labs provide you opportunities to practice your skills and receive feedback from a credentialed teleclass leader. These Coaching Labs occur during your scheduled class times.

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Learning Partners:

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.

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Teleclass recordings:
All teleclasses are recorded. If you miss an occasional teleclass or just want to review, you can listen to the recording 24/7. The student dashboard will provide you access to teleclass recordings and materials 

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Please note that the tuition for the program does NOT include:

  • The Cost for Phone Calls or Internet 



Course Modules

Working with Families (M-501)
Module: 501

This module focuses on how a well-trained ADHD coach effectively implements the coaching process and skills to support  children, teenagers, young adults and their parents. This module explains a new framework for utilizing ADHD family coaching models which will support the implementation of a customized plan to manage and overcome the challenges of ADHD. This family coaching process will eventually lead to a more fulfilling and healthy family environment. 

Module Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, you will:

  • Describe and conduct a powerful conversation for introducing families to ADHD Coaching and how it will benefit all family members
  • How to conduct a comprehensive intake to identify challenges and opportunities
  • Apply key processing styles for family members with ADHD which will improve their ability to complete important personal and academic goals
  • Co-create customized structures, systems and strategies to activate the unique brain wiring of clients with ADHD in order facilitate completion of important tasks/goals
  • Integrate the most current family ADHD research to improve parents understanding of their child’s ADHD and diminish frustration and stress 
  • Demonstrate tools, models and strategies for parents to apply with their children based on their parenting style
  • Manage complex issues involving young children exhibiting risky, impulsive behavior such as lying, skipping school and drug abuse



Parent Coaching (M-502)
Module: 502

This module will expand upon what coaches have learned in module 501. The teleclasses will focus on common coaching scenarios encountered when working with parents and young children. Coaches will learn how to apply new models, tools and strategies designed to meet the needs of parents who want to support their children in developing life skills and motivate them to complete important goals.

Module Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, you will:

  • Understand what parent coaching is and be able to describe the different parent coaching structures used to successfully work with young children 
  • Prepare for common coaching situations and introduce strategic tools parents can choose to manage complicated family issues
  • Co-create appropriate structures to support parents for coaching their young children
  • Demonstrate and apply best practices for establishing boundaries, setting expectations; reinforcing discipline and implementing rewards for children 
  • Teach parents to identify what activates their children’s brains to empower them to focus on those type of activities 
  • Demonstrate the use of a new Family model designed to educate children about their unique brain wiring and hidden strengths



Changing Behavior (M-503)
Module: 503

This module will introduce ADHD coaches to the behavioral process, specifically how human beings learn and modify their habits, conduct actions, and more. You will also learn how children develop their essential executive functions based on their stage of maturity and understanding so they can learn to identify and manage realistic, attainable expectations.

You will learn to strengthen and build new executive function skills with your clients using play-based coaching strategies. This includes “gamification,” one of the most successful learning approaches that integrates the fundamental elements of games—fun, rules, and friendly competition with rewards. You will discover how integrating "gamification" into the learning process can improve executive function skills for children with ADHD.

We each have a unique mix of processing styles: the way we receive and process information when we want to learn something. Processing is not limited to learning in an academic environment. It also includes how we make sense of the many different daily situations, events, information exchanges, and conversations. You will learn your own mix of processing styles and by working from that understanding, you can help your students explore how they best process and learn. By learning to recognize and understand your client's unique mix of eight processing styles you will gain the knowledge and support your client will need to improving the speed and quality of their own learning.

During Module 503, you will practice a unique collaboration process which will build connections and partnerships with your clients and their families. You will learn how to devise and implement reward plans and behavioral contracts which support positive reinforcement. You will learn how to use highly effective tools for monitoring progress and success, and discover how all these resources can reinforce the positive behavior and actions of your clients.

Near the end of the module, you will be introduced to the important concept of the social mind, and discover how to strengthen and reinforce executive function skills in order to facilitate and improve social skills. You will also be introduced to specific techniques and over twenty social skill tools, which you will practice in your coaching lab sessions.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, you will: 

  • Understand how the role of maturity and executive function development influences the client’s ability to meet societal expectations. 
  • Identify how human behavior is learned and modified. Have tools and methods to address common ADHD problems in order to create routines and establish systems that will consistently lead to client success. 
  • Learn to use play-based coaching and gamification to make coaching sessions fun and engaging for greater particiation and improved learning. 
  • Learn effective strategies for ADHD challenges, systems which promote the ability to transition with change, and approaches which significantly improve executive function skills. 
  • Gain a deep understanding of how to use processing styles to activate the ADHD brain and create "wacky," creative ways of making learning fun. 
  • Understand how the brain learns new information and learn strategies to make the information stick in a client's working memory. 
  • Learn the role of positive reinforcement in changing behavior and create customized reward and behavior plans for any client. Understand the social mind and how executive function facilitate social skills.
  • Learn techniques to improve the client’s social radar, address common social dilemmas, and walk away with tools to help clients address basic social problems that affect the ability to make friends and be his or her best self.


Teaching Executive Function Skills (M-504)
Module: 504

This module will provide coaches with the essential tools and lessons to teach each executive function skill to children, teenagers, and young adults. Coaches will receive more than twenty tools and numerous exercises, worksheets, and lessons to build executive function skills for clients. Coaches will be trained in ADDCA’s new proprietary family coaching models for executive function.

Coaches will learn how to motivate even lackluster clients, to teach clients to ignite or stimulate their brains, and to get the most out of learning to make information stick. At the same time, coaches will learn how to cope with resistance from clients.

Coaches will come to understand executive function and the neurology of the brain in order to help promote future thinking, build self-regulation, promote emotional regulation, create time horizons and a sense of time for clients, improve working memory, develop the brain’s inner radar system, create strategies to pause and promote mindfulness, develop self-talk, and to improve organization, planning, and prioritizing. Coaches will receive specific lessons and tools they can use with clients of all ages, as well as learn techniques to help clients build executive function skills.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, you will:

  • Understand executive function and the brain’s role in building executive function skills. 
  • Explore how to teach executive function skills by identifying processes to build those skills through tools and activities. 
  • Learn how to address issues of motivation, resistance, and learned helplessness with clients. 
  • Understand how to promote mind miming and visualization so clients can picture expectations and desired behaviors. 
  • Identify how to create future thinkers and promote essential visualization skills in clients. 
  • Learn how to teach the sweep of time, time horizons, and self-regulating toward a goal with clients. 
  • Explore how to improve the client’s internal radar system so they engage in essential “if-then” and problem solving behavior. 
  • Understand how to build essential self-regulation and self-awareness in clients. 
  • Discover how to promote emotional regulation and build the emotional regulation muscle using tools and lessons that are fun and engaging. 
  • Identify how to improve working memory through activities, games, and worksheets. 
  • Learn how to teach organization, planning, and prioritizing skills through essential tools to manage homework and life tasks for clients.


Graduation and Certification Requirements

Certificate of Completion:

To receive a Certificate of Completion, the following requirements must be met:

  • Graduation from ADDCA's Basic Coach Training (AAC) or an equivalent accredited coach training program. 
  • Family Attendance: 80% ‘live’ attendance (Mod. 501-504)
  • Family Module Review Questions:  (Mod. 501-504)
  • Family Project


Course Dates

(Fam-03) October 3, 2017 – May 3, 2018 | T&Th 8:00- 9:30 PM Eastern Time - OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

(FAM-04) Tentative Start Date: Early 2018 | M&W 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time - Put your Name on the Waiting List - email student@addca.com

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Pricing and Registration

Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families

Includes:  Module 501, 502, 503, 504 
Please view the "Requirement For Enrollment"  before registering.



Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families
Payment in Full: $4226 USD

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Payment Plan: $1795 Deposit - Then 6 Monthly Payments of $483 (Total - $4693 USD)
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