M.A. Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University
Resilience-informed Educator & Educationalist,
Founder of Uplift Learning Inc.
Research Topic: Developing E-mental Health Programs for Rural PTSD Patients
Ernestina is the Founder of Uplift Learning Inc.. Uplift Learning Inc. is an elearning company that develops and delivers blended and online training. Uplift learning is currently focused on serving frontline professionals and their organizations. A passionate educator and mental health advocate, Ernestina's been on a 20-year mission to explore the role of education in mental and emotional health. Her experiences and MA research about trauma have inspired her passion about workplace resilience, adversity and trauma.
Workplace adversity is experienced as bullying, discrimination, overwork and direct trauma. These experiences create psychological workplace injuries such as burnout, PTSD and compassion fatigue. Workplace injuries take a toll on professionals, their colleagues and those they serve. Professionals and their organizations have a role to play in addressing these workplace issues.
When we don't have the language to describe the impacts of workplace adversity, finding proven support becomes an overwhelming task. Like so many, Ernestina had to navigate these workplace impacts alone. This specific experience led Ernestina to refocus her educational practice on delivering resilience programs for helping professionals and their organizations. She believes we shouldn't have to navigate this alone. It's time to change the conversation from 'what's wrong with you' to 'what's happened to you. This work represents Ernestina’s passion to support the evolution of workplaces that provide more curiosity, kindness and compassion.
In her educational practice, she's worked with diverse clients developing and optimizing training for in-person, e-learning and blended delivery. She's tackled meaningful and complex topics such as trauma-informed practice, cultural competency, minimally invasive surgery, nursing, human rights, Indigenous antiracism, communication skills, and resilience.