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Upcoming Training!

Coaching Essentials

Basic Training
in Coaching Skills and
the Organizer Coach Model

8 week telecourse
3 training hours a week

Offered three times a year
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May - June
October - November


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Coaching Skills Training


Are you an organizer who is new to coach training? Check out our Introduction to Coach Training page.


Have you taken our intro course (Coaching Essentials or Coaching Skills I)? Are you ready to learn more? Go to the Foundation/COC Training page.


Are you a CA foundation program graduate or COC looking to deepen your coaching skills? Check out the great training options on the Advanced Courses page.


ADD coaches and organizers who received their coach training elsewhere, you can find a fresh approach and CEUs on the Advanced Courses page.



I am excited and committed about sharing coaching skills with organizers. My own journey from Professional Organizer to Organizer Coach – and additionally into work as an ADHD Coach and Mentor Coach explains why I believe this is so important.

I started organizing in 1974. I felt I’d found my true calling from the start. I still feel that way.

But almost 20 years in to this beloved occupation I became heartsick. I was desperate to relieve a dynamic between many of my clients and me.

Stepping into My Clients’ Patterns

I slowly began to understand something unsettling about the nature of my work and client relationships. I could see myself as an enabler of stressed and too full lives. Clients want life to be manageable. They would state that in different ways repeatedly. My solution was to clear out the backlog, create systems and explain the maintenance options.

But what clients really came to me with, whether they had the language for it or not – was an Opening for Change. Helping our clients change their behavior, competence, and confidence in managing their lives – that’s the ‘order’ they are really after. It was the lack of ‘organizing sustainability’ that felt so uncomfortable to me.

Finding an Answer

After a lot of searching, I found the beginning of an answer. It was coaching! What I learned at first wasn’t about using coaching as a tool of organizing, so I didn’t see its full potential for my clients. Once I found ADD coaching, I was able to connect the dots – and this is what I understood:

Coaching is a partnering communication process of awareness, action and learning. It speaks to our clients’ Openings for Change, by clarifying values, motivation and ‘what matters most.’ It’s both compassionate and challenging. It promotes big dreams and personal responsibility.

Coaching: the Yearned-for Mate Organizing has been Waiting for (Seriously!)

An organizer is perfectly placed to work with clients on the deeper/higher/bigger level that coaching facilitates. With coaching, an organizer can fully respond to the enormous hope that is just under the surface of a client’s organizing request.

When these two sets of skills are joined in service to a stuck or disorganized client, the complement brings greater results than working with one alone. An organizer coach empowers clients who struggle with chronic disorganization, ADD, too-busy lives, home-based businesses, situational stress, difficult transitions, or tremendous professional responsibilities.

Coaching is a habit builder …

A rock-meets-the-hard-place shape-shifter …

A life changer.

Coaching skills allow organizers to have frank conversations with clients about what’s really going on and what they know already. The client is supported to explore what they really want and tune into their inner compass. They learn to engage their motivation, experiment with perspective, and to shape and test actions and strategies. Finally, they are accountable to learn from those actions, however their effort plays out.

Teaching Coach Skills to Organizers

I started coach training in 1995. By 1997 I was in an 18-month ADD coach training program and applying my new skills to my organizing work. I was asked to join the training faculty as director of the practice lab. I kept up my coach training and earned my Master Certified Coach credential in 2005.

I developed strategies to ‘marry’ coaching and organizing and was eager to share with organizers. My first NSGCD (now ICD) telesession on coaching was in 2001, my first NAPO conference coaching session the following year.

I developed the first Coach Approach for Organizers™ training in 2006 in collaboration with ADD coach and CTI graduate Cameron Gott who is still developing curriculum and teaching with Coach Approach. We designed a foundation training program in 2008.

ACTP logoWe have polished our courses with comprehensive feedback from students. In 2015 we were granted Accredited Coach Training Program status from the International Coaching Federation. ICF sets rigorous standards for this highest recognition.

With the support of a Professional Advisory Board, I began evaluating and credentialing Certified Organizer Coaches® (ICF’s Associate Certified Coach level) in 2009. Starting in 2014, we added three new (ICF’s Professional Certified Coach level) certifications: Certified ADHD Organizer Coach, Certified Productivity Leadership Coach, and Professional Certified Organizer Coach.

We now have a robust list of advanced and elective courses for our graduates (whether they are going for a credential or not), organizers trained as coaches outside of Coach Approach, as well as for ADD and non-ADD coaches who have been trained elsewhere.

We are part of an exciting shift in the culture of organizing – and coaching! 

Organizer Coach Training

This training program teaches coaching skills and principles to professional organizers. Coaching is a transformative complement to organizing work and an organizer’s business. The on-going Foundation Courses include ADD Coach training which is extremely effective when working with any client who has organizing challenges. The full training leads to credentialing as a Certified Organizer Coach®.

Basic coaching skills will:

  • Significantly improve the quality of your organizing work and communication with your clients
  • Increase client change, satisfaction and success
  • Enable you to expand the services you provide
  • Enhance your communication in every area of your life
  • Earn continuing education credits toward a coaching certification or CPO or ICD recertification requirements.

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Who Is This Training For?

Our foundation students are experienced and active organizers.

  • Experienced organizers have knowledge and competency in organizing techniques and principles.
  • Active organizers are currently working with clients and can apply coaching skills in their work with clients during the training.

But many new organizers have backgrounds that are so solid we are sometimes able to waive this requirement. If you think you might qualify, contact us and we'll talk it over with you.

Most of our Advanced Courses are open to ADD coaches and Organizers who have had coach training elsewhere. You'll find our understanding of the intersection of coaching skills and organizing challenges is unequalled in either field. CEUs available!

Overview of Training Structure

  • The Foundation Courses are offered in weekly teleclass sessions of 1.5 hours.
  • Course size is limited to allow for active participation in class.
  • In addition to weekly teleclass training, each foundation course requires participation in skills building groups of three students. These groups meet for the duration of each course to practice the skills being taught in each class. This is a valued component of any coach training program and critical for each participant.
  • Each training class is recorded for review or if an emergency or other unavoidable obligation prevents live attendance.
  • Each student receives trainer feedback on his or her coaching skills and progress.
  • The foundation courses are listed and scheduled in order; each is a prerequisite for those that follow. Foundation Training Schedule
  • Registration for the foundation courses may be done on a course-by-course basis. A variety of registration packages are available, as are monthly payment options. Training Payment Options
  • Continuing education documents and completion certificates are granted upon the completion of each course. Graduation diplomas are presented upon successful completion of the Foundation Program.
  • Additional training and requirements must be met to earn these certifications: Certified Organizer Coach, Certified ADHD Organizer Coach, Professional Certified Organizer Coachand Certified Productivity Leadership Coach and can be found on the Credentials page.
  • Our telecourse training is only offered in English at this time.

Ask me any question about the training or about coaching and organizing! I've opened up several 15-minute appointment times you can schedule yourself into.

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