Madelyn Griffith-Haynie: Trainer Bio

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – CTP, CMC, A.C.T., MCC, SCAC

For a lighter, briefer take on who I am, check out Menage a Moi


In addition to authoring the content of the blog, Madelyn is a practicing ADD Coach who trains, mentors and coaches ADD professionals.

She also develops and delivers group, partner and private coaching series and classes for individuals with Executive Functioning struggles and disorders across the spectrum (as well as for those who live and work with them).

A multi-credentialed “Life” Coaching pioneer, founder of the ADD Coach Training field and co-founder of the ADD Coaching field who originated or developed much of the ADD-specific coaching technology in use today, Madelyn’s approach to coaching and training today can best be described as Brain-based Systems Development Coaching.

Brain-based coaching is a style that works with clients of all types: helping them identify stoppers, work through challenges, and develop brand new ways of working to optimize strengths as they learn How to drive the very brains they were born with.™

Madelyn founded The Optimal Functioning Institute™ in 1994, for which she designed, developed and delivered the world’s first comprehensive ADD-specific coaching curriculum (OFI’s certification compliant A.C.T.).

Coaching Credentials

The second graduate of the world’s first coaching curriculum, the original Coach Training founded by Thomas J. Leonard (then Coach University, now a division of CoachInc™);

A founding member CoachVille, Thomas’ second Coach Training venture, after colleague Sandy Vilas took over CoachU;

One of the world’s first Certified Mentor Coaches [CMC]  — directly mentored and certified by the non-ADD coaching field founder, Thomas J. Leonard;

A Charter Member of The International Coach Federation [ICF], and one of the first to be awarded the first awarded  ICF’s highest certification, Master Certified Coach [MCC]; and

A Charter Member and organizational founder of The Institute For the Advancement of ADHD Coaching [IAAC], (meeting, essentially, weekly for two years working on the development of that certification and certifying body — from the first developmental call on January 20th, 2005 to the live weekend meeting in beltway Washington in through final developmental stages at the end of November, 2006)

She was one of the first to be awarded IAAC’s highest certification: Senior Certified ADD Coach [SCAC].

Background and Field Contributions

Madelyn began her training career with non-ADD Coaches with CoachU, the world-wide, ground-breaking coach training for non-ADD Coaches (now CoachInc™) — at the dawn of the distance learning field, made possible by the development of TeleBridge technology.

Along with Madeline Homan (now Blanchard), TWO of the fewer than a dozen TeleClass Leaders in the entire world began their classes by saying, “Welcome, this is Madelyn from New York,” which is how this one of us became known as “mgh.”

As a senior member of CU’s Trainer Team from early 1994 until the end of 2000, she led each of the 36 coaching modules multiple times during those seven years, until she left to focus more specifically on training ADD Coaches.

While on faculty with CoachU, she founded The Optimal Functioning Institute™ in 1994, developing and delivering the world’s first ADD-specific Coach Training through 2006, leading twelve separate groups through her multi-year/multi-module training.  

She personally led the majority of the weekly class sessions as well as training and mentoring the trainers who led the remainder.

During this same period, she founded and facilitated CU’s monthly ADD SIG and ICF’s first virtual and international Chapter, ADD-ICF, supporting Coaches interested in working with the ADD client population.

Initiated in 1994, she originated, sponsored and facilitated seven different monthly, topic-focused ADD Hours™, including The Coaches RoundTable and the ADD Hour Expert Speaker’s Series, through the following seven years.

She was one of only five coaches invited to present at the ADDA National Conference in 1996, and participated on a four-person panel that organized and delivered ADDA’s first ADD Coaching Forum in 1997 – an entire day dedicated to ADD Coaching as part of the annual ADDA conference co-sponsored by the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

In September 2000, she participated in the NAMI-affiliated all-expert IBH conference in Washington DC (Institute for Behavioral Health) with ADD experts from the fields of medicine, genetics, therapy, neurology, law and education, where she was honored to be the first coach to address The National Association of Mental Health’s professional membership.

In 2005, she originated an on-site ADD Support Group for Better Brains Tech, a therapy practitioner cooperative in Knoxville, Tennessee, based upon the principles outlined in her Challenges Inventory™. 

Motivational Speaker

Throughout her coaching career, Madelyn has been a featured speaker on a variety of ADD Coaching topics at conferences held by both ADD and Coaching Associations, among them ACO, national ADDA, ADDA–SR [Southern Region], The Kitty Petty Institute for ADD and Learning Disabilities [KPI], ICF, CoachU, and numerous regional CH.A.D.D. and ICF chapters and ADD Support Groups on both coasts.

Representative topics include most of the subjects tackled here on — various ADD Coaching Strategies and Skills tailored to individual clients, Practice Management, Brain-Basics and Spirit-focused ADD Coaching, as well as ADD and Grief, Beyond Learning Styles (the MGH Modalities Method™), her Challenges Inventory™ coaching methodologies, and Coaching to Improve various arenas such as Work-Place Performance, Organization & Task Completion, Memory Management, Sleep Disorders, Social Skills and-so-much-more.

By the way, she is also The ADD Poster Girl –
the REAL source of her experience!


Current Endeavors

Peer Coaching Basic Training

I thank you for your interest in joining our community of students. Please take some time to read the information below to help you determine if it makes sense for you to become a part of this exciting and rewarding training designed especially for those who are struggling with finances as well as Attentional issues.

When you are ready to take the next step, send Madelyn an email message through the e-me/contact form (available at the top of every page) for more information to help you decide if what this training offers will meet your training goals and objectives: Click to reach mgh

For more about Peer Coaching Basic Training
click sitelinks below


Other Endeavors

Madelyn combined forces with world-renowned ADD author Peggy Ramundo to apply the best practices from each of their backgrounds for the ADD in the Spirit Coach Training. (Currently on hiatus until Peggy is healed enough to return to training)

ADD in the Spirit Coach Training
until Peggy has fully recovered from her son’s murder
Click HERE for info about that

(Links below turn RED on mousover)

When you schedule an interview
– please mention you came through this blog,
to help us figure out how best to reach those looking for training.

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17 Responses to Madelyn Griffith-Haynie: Trainer Bio

  1. Hi Madelyn, I happened upon your name while doing a search for ADD professionals in Knoxville on the page. I’m so impressed by your profile here and hopeful you still practice in Knoxville. I’m a 53 year old woman, diagnosed around 8 years ago and currently not receiving any treatment. Also realizing that ADD is a primary factor that keeps derailing me from achieving my goals despite having a graduate degree. Would love to hear from you with info on your practice or referral if you are not currently practicing with individuals. It’s so difficult to find a therapist or coach who has a focus and expertise in this area. Thanks so much!

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  3. Daal says:

    good info here – so glad I happened onto your site 🙂

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    • Thank you SO much. I can’t believe you read this particular page, however. Most people opt for the short, humorous version – if not initially, then the moment they see the length of this one. You must be a voracious reader.

      I’ll have to send my blogging Shih Tzu TinkerToy over to investigate your site. He sits beside me to oversee my work and perked up at “Tails.”


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      • Daal says:

        I can’t figure out how to get to your shorter-posts site – would love if you’d pass along a link, that way my readers can check it out too 🙂

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        • Thanks for asking, but it wasn’t a reference to an entire site with shorter posts (they’re sprinkled among the longer ones on I meant that most people choose to read my shorter About Me, entitled Menage a Moi <==== link, click to read.

          They have that choice by clicking the link at the top of my trainer bio, right under my name: "For a lighter, briefer take on who I am, check out Menage a Moi. From the shorter one, they have a choice to read the more comprehensive bio (although few people take it – lol) 🙂

          Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for being interested enough to ask.

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  4. Very impressive. You are clearly dedicated to your field and your clients.

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  8. Howie says:

    Hi Madelyn,

    Thank you so much for the response and I am glad it helped serve as a reminder, too! I am even more excited to hear your interest in the upcoming article. It has been a little while since we have re-visited the topic of ADHD coaching. I am very excited with ADHD Awareness month here and believe now is as good a time as ever to tackle the topic again.

    Please feel free to reach out to me at the e-mail I provided in the comments or even just use the comment form over at Focus Here and Now. I LOVE the idea of a guest post or interview of some sort.

    Wonderful stuff and look forward to collaborating to help spread awareness and help more of the ADD/ADHD community. Thank you and all the best!

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  9. Howie says:

    I absolutely love the increasing amount of highly valuable and actionable ADD and ADHD training resources that I continue to see appearing. I am hoping to connect more people with even more resources and look forward to exploring many of these even further. Such an excellent website that will definitely be included in our upcoming article (if it’s OK) about quality ADHD coaching resources. You are doing a wonderful job. Very glad I found this site!

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    • And I absolutely love YOU for this comment (and for taking the time to comment at all!) I’m especially glad that you commented on this page, because I note that it needs to be updated/edited. (My content is designed to be Evergreen, so I do that from time to time).

      If it’s “OK” to be included in your upcoming article — are you NUTS? I would love you even more for helping me spread the word that this resource is available. I am very glad you found this site too!

      btw- if you want something written especially for your site, come back and let me know.

      Fall’s here so my brain is back 🙂 I’m seriously heat defensive, so I’m always stuck in quicksand in the summer!



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