Carolina Wilderness Renewal offers programs and experiences designed for and geared toward multiple audiences, especially those in helping professions including education, medicine, and public service. People in these fields are susceptible to what is known as vicarious stress – they not only have their own burdens, they also frequently take on those for whom they care – which can lead to compassion fatigue and increase the likelihood of burnout.
Rocky has an M.Ed. from Converse College and a Ph.D. from Clemson University. He holds certificates in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitation, Positive Psychology Resilience Studies, Mental Health and Resilience for Healthcare Workers, and Psychological First Aid. Rocky is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. His research interests include quantifying physiological responses to mindfulness and nature-based stress management practices. In addition to academic interests and outdoor pursuits, Rocky serves on the boards of the Foothills Trail Conservancy and Rocky River Conservancy
Jeanne holds an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University and is a nationally board-certified counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). A former yoga teacher, Jeanne has received post-graduate training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Most importantly for our purposes, Jeanne holds a certificate in Clinical Ecotherapy and sees clients in outdoor settings around the Upstate through her private practice, Green Bird Nature Therapy.