The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) provides innovative training programs that meet the current and emerging needs of direct staff, parents, caregivers, and professionals that work with or care for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. IBT provides high-quality programs that feature diversity in content, convenient access, modern technology, and an expert instructional staff. IBT programs provide state of the art learning environments for parents, educators, and professionals who are interested in refining their skills.

IBT designed Mentorship Manager after spending many years mentoring individuals that were pursuing their BCBA or BCaBA certification. This tool is designed to help facilitate the increasing demand for mentorship and to ensure that stringent mentorship requirements are being appropriately met. BCBAs have to make their mentorship meaningful and effective while minimizing unnecessary administrative time. Mentorship Manager provides a cutting edge solution offering BCBAs a creative platform to make supervision more effective for RBTs, BCaBAs, and those pursuing their BCaBA and BCBA certification.


Email Cecilia 858-768-2468 ext. 1133
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 CARD. At IBT, Cecilia leads a team of clinical and administrative staff that is responsible for eLearning, BCBA mentorship, and continuing education, as well as internal and external training projects. Cecilia lives in South Carolina with her family.

Email Jennifer 858-768-2468 ext. 1443
Jennifer Yakos, MA, BCBA, is a senior clinical supervisor/trainer for the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT). 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. Ms. Yakos has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis for over 17 years, providing and designing ABA therapeutic intervention programs for individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other related issues. Her work has involved implementing behavioral and educational interventions as a direct 1:1 therapist in homes and schools, designing and overseeing ABA 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, CARD eLearning, and continuing education coursework for BCBA certification. Some of her current interests include teaching functional communication skills to non-vocal learners, as well as teaching advanced social and cognitive concepts in order to facilitate social success.


Email Catherine 858-768-2468 ext. 1451
Catherine Peters, BA, is a project manager for the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) and has worked in the field of ABA and autism for 7 years. Catherine earned her BA in anthropology with a focus on primate behavior from California State University, Fullerton, in 2004. She has worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) as a research and development coordinator developing the design and implementation of research protocols. Her area of research focused primarily on training and treatment integrity, including the effectiveness of eLearning education compared to traditional didactic education. Catherine has also worked as the continuing education coordinator for CARD for the past 5 years. Her work at IBT now focuses on managing projects which increase the dissemination of different training programs to professionals in the field of ABA, including BCBA mentorship, eLearning, and advanced professional training.