Meet the Facilitators | Meet the Facilitators | Charlie Steffens | Spencer Gorin
Charlie Steffens and Spencer Gorin, co-authors of Learning to Play, Playing to Learn , Curriculum and Activities for Classroom and Playground Management , started Creative Spirit in 1992.
Charlie and Spencer
have given hundreds of teacher-oriented seminars throughout North America in utilizing therapeutic play to manage aggressive behavior in children, build their self-esteem, foster cooperation, cultivate their social skills and invigorate academic performance.
has designed and facilitated programs for mental health organizations that used art, play, and music therapy; groups that dealt with relationship building, relaxation, creative visualization, sexuality, personal safety and values clarification; and therapy sessions for individuals, groups and families.
In 2009, Spencer
created, The Buzz
, an original, innovative and interactive alcohol education program for the University of Arizona
, now utilized at other universities.
He writes monthly for the Red Cup Q & A column published in the Arizona Daily Wildcat and is a health educator/consultant on various UA projects focusing on college student mental health/wellness in the areas of alcohol education, alcohol diversion programming, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ issues.
Spencer is also a semi-gifted and modest artist, songwriter and musician.
Charlie and Spencer met when they were working in the children and adolescent unit at Palo Verde Hospital, a Tucson psychiatric hospital.