the Creator of The Buzz
Gorin is an internationally known presenter, author,
and originator of multiple programs that increase empathy,
connection, self-regulation and discovery.
Spencer’s creative slant as a
developer of services, milieu, and programming began
at various mental health and in-patient psychiatric
settings. It was there as a nurse, front-line interventionist,
Triage/Enrollment Supervisor for mental health services,
and Youth Service Coordinator that Spencer realized
the importance of interactive play and facilitated dialogue
to address success in human relations and critical thinking.
In 1992, Spencer co-created the anti-bullying,
character education program, Healthy Play IS a Solution
and soon after co-authored the book, Learning to Play,
Playing to Learn, Curriculum and Activities for Classroom
and Playground Management, (revised third edition).
Through the Healthy Play program, Spencer has not only
trained thousands of teachers, counselors and other
youth-serving professionals but has also directly worked
with over 150,000 students.
2010, the University of Arizona brought Spencer in to
capitalize on his unique, playful and engaging methodologies
to create an alcohol education program that college
students would actually enjoy participating in, learn
from, and identify personal intent to moderate drinking
behaviors. The serious problem of college student alcohol
consumption demanded a different way of reaching students.
The Buzz and Spencer’s facilitated-learning approach
quickly made this one of the most sought after presentations
by residence halls and Greek chapters. Finally, there
is a way to deliver harm reduction and moderation messaging
that students are joyously receptive to.
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