Next Steps For Facilitators2023-01-09T17:06:50-05:00

Become a Certified
PreVenture Facilitator

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Become a Certified
Preventure Facilitator

Train to become a PreVenture Facilitator and bring this unique, evidence-based intervention to your community.

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PreVenture Training Opportunites

PreVenture’s training model involves a combination of trainer-led activities and self-study.

Sessions are available virtually as well as on site, for larger groups. Training also takes place at PreVenture headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

The PreVenture Program was designed as a behavioural intervention to equip teens with self knowledge and skills to encourage healthy choices and behaviours. As a psychoeducational program it incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Facilitator Training Opportunties

PreVenture’s training model involves a combination of trainer-led activities and self-study.

Sessions are available virtually as well as on site, for larger groups. Training also takes place at PreVenture headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

The PreVenture Program was designed as a behavioural intervention to equip teens with self knowledge and skills to encourage healthy choices and behaviours. As a psychoeducational program it incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques.

Upcoming Training Sessions

PreVenture Certification Levels

Become a part of a community of practice of thousands of facilitators that offers validated multi-level training, coaching, supervision and opportunities for professional development.

Level 1 Facilitator Certification

16-hour training

Level 1 Facilitator Certification

The level one facilitator certification is an intensive 16-hour training that immerses candidates in the scientific and theoretical approach of the PreVenture Program and offers a hands-on, practicum-based training to ensure candidates are qualified to apply PreVenture’s techniques in practice. Upon completion, candidates are certified to deliver workshops to teens.

Level 2 Facilitator Certification

Supervised practice

Level 2 Facilitator Certification

Certified level 1 facilitators are encouraged to pursue level 2 facilitator certification when they are ready to run workshops.

Level 2 certification provides additional coaching and support (while implementing) from a certified PreVenture trainer or supervisor/coach. Facilitators can build confidence in their ability to deliver the PreVenture Program with fidelity.

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Level 3 Supervisor/Coach Certification

Learn to Supervise PreVenture Workshops

Level 3 Supervisor/Coach Certification

Certified high fidelity facilitators can further hone their skills and learn to supervise PreVenture workshops using PreVenture’s fidelity and adherence scale, the PIFA. This certification level allows organizations with a facilitator network to provide in house support and supervision.

Level 4 Trainer

Train the Trainer

Level 4 Trainer

Upon completion of the supervisor/coach level, qualified candidates can pursue a trainer trainer certification. Once certified, trainers are qualified to run PreVenture facilitator training sessions.

*Optional Introductory course

For candidates less familiar with cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques, our online course is an excellent primer for the facilitator training.

Candidates interested in facilitating PreVenture workshops must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 

OR

  • 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.  

* Eligibility – In order to receive Trainer Certification, participants must be mental health clinicians and be members of a professional order/association.

Please contact us to learn more about becoming a facilitator.

Learn More

PreVenture Certification Levels

Become a part of a community of practice of thousands of facilitators that offers validated multi-level training, coaching, supervision and opportunities for professional development.

Level 1 Facilitator Certification

16-hour training

Level 1 Facilitator Certification

This intensive 16-hour training immerses candidates in the scientific and theoretical approach of the PreVenture Program and offers a hands-on, practicum-based training.

Level 2 Facilitator Certification

Supervised practice

Level 2 Facilitator Certification

Additional coaching and support from a certified PreVenture trainer or supervisor/coach. Facilitators can build confidence in their ability to deliver the PreVenture Program.

Level 3 Supervisor/ Coach Certification

Learn to Supervise PreVenture Workshops

Level 3 Supervisor/ Coach Certification

Learn to supervise  workshops using PreVenture’s fidelity and adherence scale, the PIFA. This  level allows organizations with a facilitator network to provide in house support and supervision.

Level 4 Trainer

Train the Trainer

Level 4 Trainer

Upon completion of the supervisor/ coach level, qualified candidates can pursue a trainer certification. Once certified, trainers are qualified to run PreVenture facilitator training sessions.

*Optional Introductory course

For candidates less familiar with cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques, our online course is an excellent primer for the facilitator training.

Candidates interested in facilitating PreVenture workshops must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 

OR

  • 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.  

Candidates interested in facilitating PreVenture workshops must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 

OR

  • 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.  

Please contact us to learn more about becoming a facilitator.

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TRAINER PROFILE

Erin Kelly

Dr Erin Kelly has been a PreVenture trainer in Australia since 2012. She is Research Fellow at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia. Erin is leading a program of research in the translation of brief intervention in schools for the prevention of substance use and mental disorders. She has published over 30 papers in the area of bullying, substance use and mental health, with particular interests in prevention of substance use and mental disorders, bullying intervention, and mental health impacts of climate change. Erin conducted a trail in Australia which demonstrated that PreVenture was effective in protecting youth from experiencing mental health consequences of bullying experiences. . Erin is also a practicing Clinical Psychologist, currently working in private practice. 

Her recent presentation on bullying is available here:

Dr. Erin Kelly’s Presentation on Bullying

TRAINER PROFILE

Erin Kelly

Dr Erin Kelly has been a PreVenture trainer in Australia since 2012. She is Research Fellow at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia. Erin is leading a program of research in the translation of brief intervention in schools for the prevention of substance use and mental disorders. She has published over 30 papers in the area of bullying, substance use and mental health, with particular interests in prevention of substance use and mental disorders, bullying intervention, and mental health impacts of climate change. Erin conducted a trail in Australia which demonstrated that PreVenture was effective in protecting youth from experiencing mental health consequences of bullying experiences. . Erin is also a practicing Clinical Psychologist, currently working in private practice. 

Her recent presentation on bullying is available here:

Dr. Erin Kelly’s Presentation on Bullying

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the more common questions
we get about becoming a PreVenture facilitator and training.

How much time is needed to run the PreVenture program?2022-01-28T19:26:09-05:00

The PreVenture Program consists of two 90-minute workshops, spaced approximately one week apart. The PreVenture model is efficient and takes much less time away from the classroom than most school-based programs.

What is the ideal age or grade in which to implement the program?2022-01-28T19:26:51-05:00

Your target grade will depend on the unique needs and desired outcomes within your school or community population. Most of our schools or community partners have chosen to run the program with either grade 7, 8 or 9 students year after year, but the program has been designed for adolescents aged 12 – 17 and is appropriate for any young person within this age range.

Can the workshops be broken up into shorter sessions?2022-01-28T19:27:12-05:00

Yes, the workshops can be broken up into three 1-hour sessions or four 45-minute sessions instead of the standard two 90-minute sessions, based on school scheduling and preferences. This will not impact the fidelity of the program as long as all of the material is covered.

How do we obtain consent from parents before offering the PreVenture program to students?2022-01-28T19:28:05-05:00

Most of our schools and community partners use an opt-out model (passive consent) to inform parents about the PreVenture program prior to running the workshops. We will provide both passive consent and active consent letter templates that can be adapted and sent to parents prior to the workshops. It is ultimately up to each school or organization to establish how parental consent will be obtained, as this needs to be in line with local laws and school/organizational policies.

For the sake of evening out the numbers in the different personality profile groups, could I move an adolescent to a different group or combine groups if needed?2022-04-05T21:35:38-04:00

Groups cannot be combined and adolescents can only be moved to another group if they are also eligible for that group. The personality targeted factor is what makes PreVenture unique and effective. Each adolescent is given a manual designed for their specific personality style. Adolescents with similar personality traits are taught how to channel their strengths towards achieving their goals.

How does the program avoid labeling?2022-11-30T15:30:34-05:00

The program is designed to allow teens to self report on their interests and preferences and subsequently, be matched with a workshop that is relevant to what they have reported. The results are strictly confidential. The only individuals with access to the results (with identifying information revealed) are the facilitators involved in delivering the program. Moreover, confidentiality is discussed at the beginning of each workshop. Teens are asked to agree to keep what takes place in the workshops confidential. Building trust is an essential component of the program.

Can PreVenture be used alongside other prevention programs?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

Yes, research has shown that PreVenture works as effectively when combined with existing universal programs (Newton et al., 2019).

Do I have to have a degree in Psychology or a similar field to be a PreVenture facilitator?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

In order to be eligible to become a PreVenture facilitator, you must have experience working with adolescents. Furthermore, you must be employed by an educational or counselling institution and/or be a member of a professional order/association. Some examples of individuals who have trained to be PreVenture facilitators are psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers and teachers.

What types of organizations can participate in the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

The PreVenture Program is appropriate for any youth-focused organization. Schools, community centre settings, youth counselling organizations, drop-in centres, youth camps, group homes and youth detention centres are some examples of organizations that have benefited from the PreVenture Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the more common questions we get about becoming a PreVenture facilitator and training.

How much time is needed to run the PreVenture program?2022-01-28T19:26:09-05:00

The PreVenture Program consists of two 90-minute workshops, spaced approximately one week apart. The PreVenture model is efficient and takes much less time away from the classroom than most school-based programs.

What is the ideal age or grade in which to implement the program?2022-01-28T19:26:51-05:00

Your target grade will depend on the unique needs and desired outcomes within your school or community population. Most of our schools or community partners have chosen to run the program with either grade 7, 8 or 9 students year after year, but the program has been designed for adolescents aged 12 – 17 and is appropriate for any young person within this age range.

Can the workshops be broken up into shorter sessions?2022-01-28T19:27:12-05:00

Yes, the workshops can be broken up into three 1-hour sessions or four 45-minute sessions instead of the standard two 90-minute sessions, based on school scheduling and preferences. This will not impact the fidelity of the program as long as all of the material is covered.

How do we obtain consent from parents before offering the PreVenture program to students?2022-01-28T19:28:05-05:00

Most of our schools and community partners use an opt-out model (passive consent) to inform parents about the PreVenture program prior to running the workshops. We will provide both passive consent and active consent letter templates that can be adapted and sent to parents prior to the workshops. It is ultimately up to each school or organization to establish how parental consent will be obtained, as this needs to be in line with local laws and school/organizational policies.

For the sake of evening out the numbers in the different personality profile groups, could I move an adolescent to a different group or combine groups if needed?2022-04-05T21:35:38-04:00

Groups cannot be combined and adolescents can only be moved to another group if they are also eligible for that group. The personality targeted factor is what makes PreVenture unique and effective. Each adolescent is given a manual designed for their specific personality style. Adolescents with similar personality traits are taught how to channel their strengths towards achieving their goals.

How does the program avoid labeling?2022-11-30T15:30:34-05:00

The program is designed to allow teens to self report on their interests and preferences and subsequently, be matched with a workshop that is relevant to what they have reported. The results are strictly confidential. The only individuals with access to the results (with identifying information revealed) are the facilitators involved in delivering the program. Moreover, confidentiality is discussed at the beginning of each workshop. Teens are asked to agree to keep what takes place in the workshops confidential. Building trust is an essential component of the program.

Can PreVenture be used alongside other prevention programs?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

Yes, research has shown that PreVenture works as effectively when combined with existing universal programs (Newton et al., 2019).

Do I have to have a degree in Psychology or a similar field to be a PreVenture facilitator?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

In order to be eligible to become a PreVenture facilitator, you must have experience working with adolescents. Furthermore, you must be employed by an educational or counselling institution and/or be a member of a professional order/association. Some examples of individuals who have trained to be PreVenture facilitators are psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers and teachers.

What types of organizations can participate in the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:37-04:00

The PreVenture Program is appropriate for any youth-focused organization. Schools, community centre settings, youth counselling organizations, drop-in centres, youth camps, group homes and youth detention centres are some examples of organizations that have benefited from the PreVenture Program.

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)

Preventure Can Help

Complete and submit the form below to receive our general information booklet and to 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:
    +1-866-437-2193
    +1-514-360-8191

    PREVENTURE CAN HELP

    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
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