An evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and delay substance use among teens. PreVenture workshops are designed to help adolescents learn useful coping skills, set long term goals and channel their personality towards achieving them.
The PreVenture program was originally developed by Dr. Patricia Conrod. It was inspired by scientific evidence that showed certain personality factors can be highly predictive of who goes on to develop problems with alcohol and substance misuse. Multiple randomized controlled trials conducted in Canada, Australia and the U.K., indicated that the PreVenture program reduced and/or prevented mental health and substance use problems. These are just a few of the results seen:
- Delayed onset of symptoms of depression, anxiety and conduct problems
- Average 50% reduction in alcohol and drug use
- Reduced bullying behaviours and victimization
- Delayed onset of first consumption of substances
If you are a mental health practitioner, counsellor, teacher, social worker or prevention specialist, you can train to become a licensed PreVenture facilitator and/or trainer.
Our expert trainers host training at our headquarters in the CHU Sainte-Justine hospital, in Montreal, Quebec as well as travel globally to host training sessions. We offer 3 levels of certification, low fidelity facilitator training, high fidelity facilitator training and PreVenture trainer.
Low Fidelity Facilitator Certification: This is a 2-day intensive training. This certification will provide you with the tools needed to implement the PreVenture Program. It includes a look at the evidence base and science behind PreVenture as well a hands-on practical experience delivering the program.
High Fidelity Facilitator Certification: This training protocol was used in our research trials and involves clinical supervision by one of our Expert Trainers. Certified low fidelity facilitators will be observed delivering PreVenture. Using the PreVenture fidelity Scale (PIFA), our expert trainers will provide feedback and support.
Trainer Certification: This training will certify you to train others to become certified low and /or high fidelity facilitators.