About Us

Promoting Improved Services For Troubled Youth Since 1982
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Children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges will have access to a full array of effective and individualized services provided by highly qualified practitioners.


The Institute promotes the well-being of children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges through skill-based and transdisciplinary training.


The Institute seeks to improve the quality and array of services provided for children and youth by enhancing the knowledge and skills of direct service providers. We believe that parents are essential partners and collaboration is critical.


The Institute offers opportunities for research-based training with experts that can be tailored to local needs. These include in-services workshops, keynote addresses, one and two-day regional topical events, mentoring, and college courses in collaboration with institutions of higher education. Additional opportunities for professional networking and support are available through sponsored or co-sponsored local, regional, state and national events or conferences. Our publications focus on effective intervention techniques and strategies, providing materials to support those in the fields of general education, special education, mental health and juvenile justice.

Our Story

Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents has been promoting improved services for troubled children and youth since 1982. The Institute provides a wide variety of supporting services to professionals and parents who work with children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Meet Our Team

Executive Director and Founder

Melissa Knoll

Managing Director

Board of Directors Member

Board of Directors President

Board of Directors Member

Board of Directors Emeritas
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