CASA of Santa Barbara County consists of a highly-trained and professional staff, and now thanks to Advocate Supervisor Cassy Brezner, they can add Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to the roster. In order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California, Cassy needed to earn a Master’s degree and complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised experience. Cassy has been working towards completing her training hours for over 4 years now but has maintained her dedication to CASA. This week, Cassy completed her training and earned her LMFT.

CASA Executive Director, Kim Colby Davis stated, “Having passed her LMFT exam, Cassy has accomplished a life-long goal by completing her studies and passing this exam. Her dedication to helping others is clear to everyone who works with her. We are so lucky to have her be a part of our CASA team. What an incredible moment! We loved having her as a CASA volunteer, and adding her to the CASA program staff has been a great fit. I’m happy to see her continue to pursue her goals, and we love what she brings to CASA as a supportive volunteer coach.”

Since the age of 19, Cassy knew that she wanted to help those affected by rape and abuse. Cassy earned her a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCSB, and a Master’s in Psychology from Antioch University. After graduating UCSB, Cassy worked for Family Care Network in their transitional housing program helping youth as they emancipated from the foster care system. During that time, Cassy became a CASA volunteer. After three years as a CASA volunteer, she took a break to complete her Master’s degree but recently came back as an Advocate Supervisor.

Being a full-time Advocate Supervisor means Cassy is tasked with managing over 35 volunteers. She gets to know them personally and assists them in selecting a child’s case that best fits their skill set. She supports her advocates during the entire volunteer process, helping them complete court reports, advocate for resources, and stay focused and motivated through challenging situations. With Cassy’s training, she’s able to help her volunteers look at their child’s case objectively. “It’s just the beginning for me,” commented Cassy, “I’m excited for the opportunity to really use my experience to help survivors of trauma.”

The staff at CASA of Santa Barbara County is so proud to see Cassy fulfill her goal of becoming an LMFT, Associate Director Aaron Pankratz commented, “Cassy has the amazing ability to work with people, supporting them emotionally and helping them to do great work. Her dedication to improving those skills is equally impressive. Obtaining her license is a validation of the depth and breadth of the skills I see every day.”​

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