About PreVenture

The PreVenture program was originally developed and
tested by Dr. Patricia Conrod, Professor of Psychiatry
at the University of Montreal, Canada.

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About PreVenture

The PreVenture program was originally developed and tested by Dr. Patricia Conrod, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal, Canada.

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About PreVenture

The PreVenture program was developed by Dr. Patricia Conrod, a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at University of Montreal. Dr. Conrod’s research focuses on risk factors for youth substance misuse and mental health problems with a view to understanding why early onset substance use is so highly concurrent with other mental health concerns and future addiction.

The PreVenture Program, a brief, personality-targeted, mental health intervention for adolescents, was created in response to evidence showing how personality factors can be highly predictive of who goes on to develop problems with alcohol and substance misuse.

Multiple randomized controlled trials showed PreVenture to have a strong effect on delaying alcohol and substance use among adolescents. Additionally the program demonstrated a positive effect on several mental health issues that may co-occur with substance misuse.

The PreVenture Program continues to be part of multiple research projects with the aim of creating new adaptations for a wider audience.

Program Creator, Dr. Patricia Conrod, on PreVenture

Program Creator, Dr. Patricia Conrod, on PreVenture

About PreVenture

The PreVenture program was developed by Dr. Patricia Conrod, a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at University of Montreal. Dr. Conrod’s research focuses on risk factors for youth substance misuse and mental health problems with a view to understanding why early onset substance use is so highly concurrent with other mental health concerns and future addiction.

The PreVenture Program, a brief, personality-targeted, mental health intervention for adolescents, was created in response to evidence showing how personality factors can be highly predictive of who goes on to develop problems with alcohol and substance misuse.

Multiple randomized controlled trials showed PreVenture to have a strong effect on delaying alcohol and substance use among adolescents. Additionally the program demonstrated a positive effect on several mental health issues that may co-occur with substance misuse.

Program Creator, Dr. Patricia Conrod, on PreVenture

Program Creator, Dr. Patricia
Conrod, on PreVenture

About Dr. Conrod

Dr. Patricia Conrod is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at Université de Montreal, as well as an associate member of the departments of Pediatrics and Neuroscience. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Preventative Mental Health and Addiction and the Fondation Julien/Jean et Marcelle Coutu philanthropic research chair in Social and Community Pediatrics and leads a multidisciplinary research team at CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital Centre in Montreal.

Dr. Conrod’s research focuses on causes and consequences of substance use and mental disorders from a developmental perspective. She developed the PreVenture program, a targeted drug and alcohol prevention program which was evaluated in multiple international trials and is now recognised as an evidence-based program in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, and the UNODC’s International Guidelines on Drug Prevention.

She published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is cited over 16,000 times in the scientific literature. Her publications are also widely covered in the media, including the New York Times, Wall St Journal, Financial Times, CNN, CBC, and BBC. She is Co-director of the Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders, an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and director of a number of research consortia, including the ENIGMA Addiction consortium, the CIHR Canadian Cannabis and Psychosis Research Team (CCPRT), the Canadian Underage Substance Use Prevention (CUSP) team, the SSHRC UniVenture Partnership, and the CRISM-Health Canada Emerging Health Threat-At Risk User Research Team.

About Dr. Conrod

Dr. Patricia Conrod is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at Université de Montreal, as well as an associate member of the departments of Pediatrics and Neuroscience. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Preventative Mental Health and Addiction and the Fondation Julien/Jean et Marcelle Coutu philanthropic research chair in Social and Community Pediatrics and leads a multidisciplinary research team at CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital Centre in Montreal.

Dr. Conrod’s research focuses on causes and consequences of substance use and mental disorders from a developmental perspective. She developed the PreVenture program, a targeted drug and alcohol prevention program which was evaluated in multiple international trials and is now recognised as an evidence-based program in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, and the UNODC’s International Guidelines on Drug Prevention.

She published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is cited over 16,000 times in the scientific literature. Her publications are also widely covered in the media, including the New York Times, Wall St Journal, Financial Times, CNN, CBC, and BBC. She is Co-director of the Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders, an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and director of a number of research consortia, including the ENIGMA Addiction consortium, the CIHR Canadian Cannabis and Psychosis Research Team (CCPRT), the Canadian Underage Substance Use Prevention (CUSP) team, the SSHRC UniVenture Partnership, and the CRISM-Health Canada Emerging Health Threat-At Risk User Research Team.

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About Venture Lab

Based out of the CHU Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Conrod’s Venture Lab supports research on adolescent brain development and risk factors for mental health and substance use disorders. The lab features an international roster of scientists working on the development of new mental health promotion strategies by studying the influence of genetics, environmental factors, and neuro-cognitive development on mental health and addiction. Multiple research projects with a key focus on personality, building resilience and early intervention are ongoing.

About Venture Lab

Based out of the CHU Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Conrod’s Venture Lab supports research on adolescent brain development and risk factors for mental health and substance use disorders. The lab features an international roster of scientists working on the development of new mental health promotion strategies by studying the influence of genetics, environmental factors, and neuro-cognitive development on mental health and addiction. Multiple research projects with a key focus on personality, building resilience and early intervention are ongoing.

New Areas of Research

The PreVenture Program continues to be part of multiple research projects with the aim of creating new adaptations for a wider audience, starting with the five additional modules below.

MODULEDESCRIPTIONTARGET
PERFECTIONISMA module is being developed to address the high level of
eating disorders amongst adolescents and young adults.
Eating Disorders
UNIVENTUREThe UniVenture Program is being developed to offer a
substance use and mental illness prevention program.
University Students
OPIVENTUREOpiVenture is designed to reach the millions of adults and
young adults dealing with opioid dependence
Opioid Dependence
INDIGENOUSThe PreVenture Program is being modified to specially
address the substance use and mental health problems
suffered by our Indigenous population to equip them with the
tools to overcome these difficulties.
Indigenous
YOUTH IN CAREThe “Youth in Care” module addresses trauma suffered by young
people and the lingering effects.
Trauma
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Available in both an in-person and online format, PreVenture is currently delivered by trained facilitators in schools and community programs across North & South America, Europe, and Australia.

Interested in learning more?
Select the category below that best describes you and learn how PreVenture can help.

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What People Are Saying

“Having worked in the field of prevention and youth development for well over a decade, I have yet to experience such a powerful and inspiring intervention as PreVenture.”

Jennifer Pinto, Manager, Integrated Care Initiative
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (Plymouth, MA)

“PreVenture teaches our students how to cope and problem solve so they’re better equipped to make good choices, which puts them closer to reaching their long term goals.”

Elizabeth Forbes, School Psychologist & PreVenture Facilitator
Bowling Green City Schools (Kentucky)

“Schools are excited to get trained in this evidence-based program that is showing amazing outcomes.”

Angela Weidman, Public Health Director
Chippewa County (Wisconsin)

What People Are Saying

“Having worked in the field of prevention and youth development for well over a decade, I have yet to experience such a powerful and inspiring intervention as PreVenture.”

Jennifer Pinto, Manager, Integrated Care Initiative
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (Plymouth, MA)

“PreVenture teaches our students how to cope and problem solve so they’re better equipped to make good choices, which puts them closer to reaching their long term goals.”

Elizabeth Forbes, School Psychologist & PreVenture Facilitator
Bowling Green City Schools (Kentucky)

“Schools are excited to get trained in this evidence-based program that is showing amazing outcomes.”

Angela Weidman, Public Health Director
Chippewa County (Wisconsin)

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    Complete and submit the form below to receive our general information booklet, learn more about the PreVenture Program, its benefits, and how you can get involved.


      PreVenture is an evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and delay substance use among teens. As a strengths-based program, PreVenture workshops are designed to help students learn useful coping skills, set long term goals and channel their personality towards achieving those goals.

      We want to hear from you! Email us at: ‍info@preventureprogram.com Call us at: +1 514-345-4931 ext. 4135

      PreVenture is an evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and delay substance use among teens. As a strengths-based program, PreVenture workshops are designed to help students learn useful coping skills, set long term goals and channel their personality towards achieving those goals.

      We want to hear from you! Email us at: ‍info@preventureprogram.com Call us at: +1 514-345-4931 ext. 4135