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 holds an M.Ed. in Natural Science Education from Converse College and a Ph.D. in Zoology/Community Ecology from Clemson University and is a certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator. He is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. His current research interests include quantifying physiological responses to mindfulness and forest therapy 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) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors and American Mental Health Counselors Association. Jeanne has also received post-graduate training in art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Most importantly for our purposes, Jeanne is also a Certified Clinical Ecotherapist and practices nature-based therapy in outdoor settings around the Upstate.