January 1 to December 31 2023

PreVenture 2023 US Residents Only

PreVenture is an evidence-based prevention program that uses brief, personality-targeted behavioural interventions to promote mental health and delay substance use among youth. Sign up to become a Certified PreVenture Facilitator and bring this evidence-based prevention program to youth in your community.

PreVenture’s Level 1 Facilitator Certification

Level 1 facilitator training certifies qualified participants to deliver the PreVenture Program. This training includes online pre-course activities (2 to 4 hrs) + 2 days (6 hrs per day) of interactive online training led by a PreVenture Trainer. Facilitators will learn how to guide youth through workshops designed to help them understand how their personality impacts their life and assist them with learning adaptive coping skills to help them achieve their goals.

In order to participate in this online training and receive PreVenture Certification, Participants must attend the full training session and must have working cameras and microphones on their devices. Participants are required and indeed, expected to participate in discussion and practicum throughout the training.

Participants must agree to PreVenture’s terms and conditions before attending training. These will be emailed to Participants upon completing registration. If you have a group of 6 or more participants it is possible for your employer/organization to agree to the terms and conditions on behalf of the participants.

What qualifications do you need to become a PreVenture facilitator?

  • Facilitators must be either mental health professionals, teachers, counsellors, social workers and/or masters-level prevention specialists.
  • Facilitators must be employed by an educational institution, a counselling institution and/or a government funded educational or health organization with a mandate to provide educational, mental health and/or behavioural interventions to youth.
  • Facilitators must be insured either personally or via their employer to deliver behavioural interventions to minors


  • Facilitators must be independent mental health practitioners with a membership to a professional order/association/college and be certified and insured to deliver behavioural interventions to minors.

Agenda for training

Optional online introductory course (optional pre-course activity 1 to 2 hrs)

* If you have no previous knowledge of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches and no previous knowledge re counselling skills, we offer an online introductory course that can be completed prior to the training event. This basic introductory level course provides an overview of basic counselling skills, CBT and MI. It can be completed in an hour and a half and serves as an excellent compliment to the training. When registering please indicate if you would like to take this course. A link to access the course will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the training event.

Mandatory Pre-course Activity (2 hrs)

One week prior to the training event, participants will receive a link via email, to PreVenture’s Online Pre-training Package. This package contains a video presentation on the “The Science Behind PreVenture”. Dr. Patricia Conrod, the developer of the PreVenture program explains the evidence base and theoretical approach behind the development of the program covering such topics as:

  • What is PreVenture targeting and measuring?
  • What are the results of PreVenture Program research trials?

Viewing the "Science Behind PreVenture" is a prerequisite to attending the training event.


Day 1 Training (6 hrs)

There will be a series of breaks throughout the training to mitigate Zoom fatigue

  • Introductions
  • Discussion and Q&A session on the "Science Behind PreVenture" video
  • Introduction to PreVenture
  • Overview of the Program with a look at its structure and logistics
  • Consent, Confidentiality and Risk Management
  • Overview and practice with the SURPS (Substance Use Risk Profile Scale)


Day 2 Training (6 hrs)

There will be a series of breaks throughout the training to mitigate Zoom fatigue

  • Clinical Review of PreVenture - counselling skills refresher, motivational interviewing and CBT model as they relate to PreVenture
  • Practicum - Trainer will model the workshops with Trainees
  • Practicum - Trainees will model key exercises with one another


Where ?

Online video conferencing platform Zoom

Once terms and conditions have been agreed to, a Zoom registration link will be sent to participants. Upon registering on Zoom , participants will be sent a calendar hold and Zoom meeting link for the training event.

Cost ?

700$ USD per person - PreVenture Level 1Facilitator Training (includes a PreVenture Facilitator Guide)

50$ USD per person - PreVenture Online Introductory course to basic counselling skills, CBT and MI

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to info@preventureprogram.com. Refunds less a 15% administration fee apply 60 days in advance of the training event date. 50% refund applies for cancellations 30 days or more in advance of the event date. No refund for cancellations less than 30 days before the event date.

Please note, the PreVenture Program operates out of the research centre at the CHU Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the credit card charges for this training will appear as charges from CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital.

When ?

  • April 18 & 19, 2023 - 10am to 4pm EDT each day
  • May 2 & 3, 2023 - 9am to 3pm EDT each day
  • June 6 & 7, 2023 - 11am to 5pm EDT each day
  • July 25 & 27, 2023 - 11am to 5pm EDT each day
  • August 8 & 9, 2023 - 11am to 5pm EDT each day
  • October 24 & 25, 2023 - 9am to 3pm EDT each day
  • November 14 & 15, 2023 - 11am to 5pm EST each day

More training dates coming soon

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*In addition to Level 1 Facilitator Certification, we strongly recommend facilitators complete Level 2 Facilitator Certification (supervised practice). All facilitators who participated in PreVenture’s randomized controlled trials were certified Level 2 facilitators. Please contact info@preventureprogram.com for further information.


Online event

Registration period

November 4, 2022 - 13:00 until June 8, 2023 - 03:30

Contact us

For any questions about the event, please contact info@preventureprogram.com

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