About Us

Directions, founded in 1987, is an educational resource established for the purpose of training parents, day care providers, and teachers to understand child behavior, including misbehavior, and positive approaches for gaining positive results with children.

Directions assists adults by providing psychologically sound and effective methods for fostering cooperation, courage, self-reliance, self-discipline, and a positive self-concept for kids.

Directions is a member of Boise's Child Care Training Network and the Idaho State Training and Registry System (STARS). All Directions’ courses are approved for both Boise City and Idaho Stars credits, as well as NNU graduate credit, as appropriate.

Directions Founder

Vivian Brault
Vivian Brault, M.A.

Vivian Brault, M.A., has over 25 years experience in the fields of education and mental health. Formerly Director of the Parent Education Center at Boise State University, she has also instructed junior high, senior high, and university students, and counseled elementary students and parents. She is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, Puget Sound Adlerian Society, and founding member of the Idaho Society of Individual Psychology. She has served on National Drug Prevention Programs and Idaho's Region IV Mental Health Advisory Board. Mrs. Brault currently conducts classes for NNU Continuing Studies, Boise Schools Community Education Program, Boise City's Child Care Training Network, and the Idaho STARS System.

Author of numerous articles on child behavior and a 'Tearless' Discipline Guide for preschools, Mrs. Brault promotes positive parenting and teaching practices by lecturing and conducting workshops and classes on the topic of child behavior for several hundred area parents and care providers each year. She provides training for child care personnel from the 17 YMCA centers in Boise as well as parenting classes for parents referred by Idaho’s Fourth District Court - Family Court, under a grant from the Idaho Supreme Court. A regular columnist for Treasure Valley Family Magazine, her articles have also been featured in parenting publications in Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, and California; two articles were recently published by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology – Family Division. A mother of two adult children and grandmother of four - her presentations are flavored with a sometimes-humorous, always-practical, real-world approach to the vital topics of parenting and teaching children.


NASAP FAMILY Archived Articles

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