ADD in the Spirit FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about
the ADD in the Spirit Coach Training Program

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
with Peggy Ramundo, 
In support of The ADD in the Spirit Coach Training Program Series

Why is the training program called
ADD in the Spirit?

We have chosen this name for our training because we use a spiritual framework for coaching and helping others to become coaches.

A few of the systems and approaches that support our training
are from the books like Coaching with Spirit, A Course in Miraclesand How Can I Help?

What will we be learning?

General coaching skills, competencies & vocabulary

ADD coaching skills:
• Specific ADD information for a working knowledge of
Attentional deficits due to Executive Functioning Dysregulation in adults
• Coaching skills specific to working with the EFD/ADD client
• The Language of ADD coaching
• Practical tools, strategies, and “assistive technology”  for clients to build from

Spirit centered ADD coaching skills:
• Who each of us must Be before we can Do
• How to recognize “who” is doing the coaching – Spirit vs. Ego

ADD coaching Practice Building basics

What is the ongoing time commitment for the course?

9 months of
• Weekly classes:
90 minutes per week
• Peer coaching: one hour per week
• Coaching 
Labs: one two-hour lab per month
• Homework & Reading: about an hour each week for most students

You will also need to schedule time to complete graduation requirements:

• A short paper summarizing your growth during the class
• Answering the short essay questions on the final (via Google Docs)


Internship: after the third month of training, you may apply to become a coach intern with the ADDed Dimension Coaching Group.  As Associate Coaches, interns are eligible for sliding-scale referrals, a jump-start on building your ADD coaching practice — which means you must set aside time for your client appointments as well as time for Mentor Coaching.

Mentor Coaching: During your internship, you must attend The Mentor Coaching Lab, facilitated by Peggy Ramundo and/or Madelyn Griffith-Haynie (varies by month & topic). There is an additional fee for this lab, paid for out of fees received from your clients.

Read more about the Intern Program by clicking HERE

Supplemental activities: readings and activities individualized to your interests and the availability of your time.  Even though these activities are not a required part of the curriculum, obviously, the more time you can commit to activities designed to support your training/coaching goals, the faster you will progress — and the sooner you will see the results of professional coach training in your bank account!

What is the class format?

The focus of the ASCT program is on real-life, real-time situations:
case studies, hands-on coaching practice, supplemental exercises, and class discussion of student growth through your coaching and peer coaching experiences.

Since there is a great deal of “hard information” to be assimilated in a short nine months, it is unavoidable that some of our class time must be spent in “content delivery” and explanation. For “softer” skills training and information, more “psychological” than “neurological” we use the Socratic Method (question and discussion).

Non-class activities (such as required reading and homework assignments) are designed to provide the background for your participation in classes that are as interactive as your preparation will support: the more time you spend on homework and reading, the less time we spend “lecturing.”

You “come to class” on your phone

Classes take place on the phone on a “TeleBridge” a type of phone technology which makes it possible for a number of people to call the same number at the same time to be connected to each other (“bridged”).

In addition to the phone number of the bridge, participants are issued a private access code that allows them to join the class each week. Except for the need to dial the “pin” number when prompted, class calls are placed exactly like any other call you make.

Are there charges for this bridge service?

Only the standard telephone charges currently charged by whatever telephone provider you use. The number of the bridge will appear on your personal phone bill as a regular call placed at that time to any number with the same areacode as the bridge.

We won’t pay your phone bill, but this is not “a 900 number” or anything of that sort. We have no type of revenue sharing or discount relationship with the phone or bridge companies — we even pay our own phone bills.

(Compare it to the cost of driving to an “in-person” class, parking your car, the time to get presentable as well as the additional time to get there and back, and you will probably agree with those of us who say, “WELL worth it, and actually cheaper than ‘live and in-person.'”)

Do I need a special phone?

NOPE!  Bridge Technology has been around long enough that most phone types are now supported. We do request that you NOT use a speakerphone (in speaker mode), because they tend to change the sound of the bridge and to “feed back,” and that you don’t call from a cell phone in a windy or noisy environment.

It’s always best, if possible, to have a “regular” phone on a “land line” as back-up for the first few calls, to make sure that whatever you have works with the bridge line, but if you only have ONE choice, don’t worry.  It will probably be just fine!

What about a HEADSET?

Not required for the class, but if you don’t already have a one (and can afford it), now’s the time to buy it.  You will need one for your coaching practice anyway, and you will be SO much more comfortable and cognitively available without the chronic distraction of holding a phone to your ear while you try to listen and take notes!  You will be happy to have the back-up some day, even if you decide to replace it down the line.

If you need to buy one, do NOT go with “blue-tooth” – for now, get the kind that plugs in to your phone.  Blue Tooth technology is iffy on bridges, and some brands are a disaster.  Until you have time to investigate what coaches are using (and NOT using!), play it safe and cheap.

Speaking of price – any brand name will do, but don’t go all the way down to the “no-name” headsets from drugstores or discount stores.  Until you know what features you need and want, don’t pay for anything “top-of-the-line” either.  If you don’t know “brand-names” – call a couple of cell provider to see what they recommend as a quality budget headset (ask for price, and keep a list). Then buy anything that seems to be recommended repeatedly at the low end of your budget.

Experience has proven that Hello Direct is pricey, but worth it, by the way, and Radio Shack is iffy (even when you buy something that another adores – quality control doesn’t seem to be consistent).

Do I need a certain type of computer?

NOPE!  In fact it is not necessary to have a computer at all during any of the calls.
These are TeleClasses not Webinars.

You will have everything you need for the training as long as you have reliable weekly access to a computer, either Mac or PC is fine — at work, through a friend or friendly neighbor, at school or at a library, etc.

You DO have to know how to use a computer, however (unless you have a friend or family member willing to “drive”). We DO send you email with mid-class communications, assignments, weblinks and/or material in .pdf format.

We do NOT provide computer training or support, nor are we set up to provide alternate forms of communication or content delivery.  So if you need that kind of support, you will have to line it up outside of class.

BASIC computer skills are all you need 

As long as you know how to read and reply to email (privately or “reply to all”), click to open an attachment, and do basic web-browsing,  you’ll be fine throughout your training.

Some of you WILL want to spend some time and focus upgrading your skills and technology during the nine months you spend in training (if you’re serious about making a living as a professional ADD Coach), but that is NOT required for participation or graduation.

What is the cost of the
ADD in the Spirit Training Program?

The total cost for the program is $3,000. which includes a $300.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place in the class, and cover administrative costs to manage the payment option.

For those who choose to pay their tuition in full at registration,
the $300.00 deposit fee is waived ($2700 in total)

Payment is in the form of PayPal to PayPal payment only.

What are the details of the payment plan?

Once we have received your $300 deposit, fees may be paid monthly thereafter.

Your payment must be mailed in time to arrive one week prior to each upcoming month. Fees received after the fifth of the month will incur a 10% administrative late fee ($30.00) — insufficient funds’ charge additional.

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