The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) is a one-stop training hub for people who interact with, teach, care for, and treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). IBT was developed by a professional team of BCBAs; all with over 20 years of experience in the field. This dynamic team has worked together to create and implement diverse training programs. Our innovative course offerings meet the current and emerging needs of the community, parents, caregivers, and human service professionals across the globe.
Cecilia Knight, MA, BCBA, is the Director of the Institute of Behavioral Training (IBT). Cecilia is a graduate of Wofford College and holds an MA in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with children and young adults diagnosed with autism, P.D.D., and Asperger’s syndrome since 1996. Since beginning her career with CARD in 1998, Cecilia has worked with patients throughout the US, has designed effective training programs for schools and various centers, and has been responsible for training all levels of staff. At IBT, Cecilia leads a team of clinical and administrative staff that is responsible for eLearning, BCBA mentorship, and continuing education, Mentorship Manager, as well as internal and external training projects. Cecilia lives in South Carolina with her family.
Jennifer Yakos, MA, BCBA, is a senior clinical supervisor/trainer for the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT). Ms. Yakos has worked in the field of ABA since 1995, when she started as a 1:1 therapist working directly with individuals on the autism spectrum. She earned her MA in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004. Her work has involved designing and overseeing ABA intervention programs as a senior clinical supervisor stateside and abroad, and training and overseeing clinical and supervisory staff. She has been involved in curriculum and training development for several years, including the development of SKILLS, eLearning trainings for RBTs, parents, and professionals, as well as developing and presenting continuing education coursework for BCBA certification. Some of her areas of expertise include teaching functional communication skills to non-vocal learners, as well as teaching advanced social and cognitive concepts in order to facilitate social success. Ms. Yakos lives in California with her husband and two children.