The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has announced that the charity’s ‘Mindful Resilience’ initiative will be headed by Dr Ali Lutte-Elliott.
The ‘Mindful Resilience’ programme, launched in September, is the result of a partnership between YGAM, Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council and Betknowmore UK to ‘deliver specialist training on gambling, gaming, and digital behavioural addictions to healthcare professionals’.
Dr Lutte-Elliott, speaking about her new job at the charity, said: “Since joining the team at YGAM, I have seen first-hand the commitment and dedication of the entire organisation. Children and young people are growing up in a vastly different world today than other generations have previously.
“We must equip healthcare professionals in support roles to develop their knowledge and skills to understand and be able to assess for gaming and gambling related harms. It is vital that professionals can engage with young people in this process of discovery and know what support is available to them.”
As well as establishing the strategic relevance of the training programme, YGAM has taken responsibility for leading the partnership. Bournemouth University, meanwhile, is leading the content development of the curriculum, assisted by the RGC, which takes control of the assessments.
The collaborative structure will be completed by Betknowmore UK, partnering with YGAM to provide practitioner recruitment and training.
The programme will include access to evidence-led, validated training on health risks associated with gambling-related damage, digital addiction and problematic online behaviours for health care professionals in primary care networks.
After completing her doctorate at the University of Surrey, YGAM gained expertise in psychology and lauded Dr Lutte-Elliott ‘s wealth of experience in the healthcare field, having worked for the NHS and other health settings.
Dr. Lutte-Elliott explained, reflecting on what the Mindful Resilience programme means to her: “By providing a solid foundation of knowledge and offering ways that professionals can helpfully intervene without necessarily having to be experts in the area, our aim is to reach all those young people who may benefit from additional support.
“I am keen to engage with a wide range of experts who are already doing great work in this area, so that we can share expertise, resources, and best practise. I believe the Mindful Resilience programme will provide a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of gaming and gambling related harm within the health care sector.”
The Mindful Resilience initiative seeks to ‘support the vision of the charity to safeguard all children and young people from gaming and gambling related harms,’ through offering free-to-access training programmes and services explicitly tailored to the needs of health professionals.
Dr Sarah Hodge of the University of Bournemouth is working closely on the research part of the programme with YGAM. She added: “I’m very much looking forward to collaborating on the project with Ali and bringing together perspectives from academia and professional practice to support the training of gaming and gambling related harms in young people.”