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Bring PreVenture
To Your Community

Multiple randomized controlled trials showed
PreVenture to have a strong effect on delaying
alcohol and substance use among adolescents.

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Bring PreVenture
To Your Community

Multiple randomized controlled trials showed PreVenture to have a strong effect on delaying alcohol and substance use among adolescents.

Learn More

Help Youth In Your Community

85% of prevention programs currently used in North America are not evidence based. They have no concrete results to show that they work.

PreVenture was tested in multiple randomized control trials in Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These trials produced solid scientific results demonstrating that PreVenture works and is effective beyond reducing drinking and drug-use rates.

  • Delayed onset of drinking and binge drinking
  • Reduced risk for alcohol-related problems
  • Reduced risk for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression
  • Fewer misconduct problems

PreVenture’s unique combination of brief, evidence-based, personality targeted workshops is a novel approach to substance use prevention.

Interested in bringing the PreVenture program to your community?

Learn More

Help Youth In Your Community

85% of prevention programs currently used in North America are not evidence based. They have no concrete results to show that they work.

PreVenture was tested in multiple randomized control trials in Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These trials produced solid scientific results demonstrating that PreVenture works and is effective beyond reducing drinking and drug-use rates.

  • Delayed onset of drinking and binge drinking
  • Reduced risk for alcohol-related problems
  • Reduced risk for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression
  • Fewer misconduct problems

PreVenture’s unique combination of brief, evidence-based, personality targeted workshops is a novel approach to substance use prevention.

Interested in bringing the PreVenture program to your community?

Learn More

Benefits of PreVenture Workshops

PreVenture is a strengths-based program and rather than just focusing on knowledge transfer, the
program is designed to transfer skills as well. Youth learn adaptive coping-skills, how to set long-term
goals and how to channel their personality towards achieving them. These skills empower youth to
make positive, healthy, choices.

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Mindful

The workshops help teens to be more mindful of their thoughts and behaviour.

Teach

PreVenture workshops teach teens adaptive coping skills.

Goals

PreVenture workshops assist teens in identifying long term goals.

Skills

PreVenture workshops equip teens with skills to work towards achieving their goals.

Therapy

PreVenture workshops use cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques.

Safe

PreVenture workshops provide teens with a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.

PreVenture Workshop | Student Testimonial

PreVenture Workshop | Student Testimonial

Benefits of PreVenture Workshops

PreVenture is a strengths-based program and rather than just focusing on knowledge transfer, the program is designed to transfer skills as well. Youth learn adaptive coping-skills, how to set long-term goals and how to channel their personality towards achieving them. These skills empower youth to make positive, healthy, choices.

(Hover over the tiles to learn more.)

Mindful

The workshops help teens to be more mindful of their thoughts and behaviour.

Teach

PreVenture workshops teach teens adaptive coping skills.

Goals

PreVenture workshops assist teens in identifying long term goals.

Skills

PreVenture workshops equip teens with skills to work towards achieving their goals.

Therapy

PreVenture workshops use cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques.

Safe

PreVenture workshops provide teens with a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.

PreVenture Workshop | Student Testimonial

PreVenture Workshop | Student Testimonial

International Recognition

PreVenture is recognized by public and private-sector organizations worldwide. It has been identified as an evidence-based program by organizations like the US Surgeon General, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations.

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International Recognition

PreVenture is recognized by public and private-sector organizations worldwide. It has been identified as an evidence-based program by organizations like the US Surgeon General, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations.

LEARN MORE

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the more common questions
we get about PreVenture from local community leaders.

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.

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.

How does the program avoid labeling?2022-06-14T14:21:34-04:00

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).

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.

How can I become a PreVenture Trainer so that I can train staff within my organization or community to facilitate the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:35-04:00

PreVenture Trainers must have experience working with youth and a background in mental health. Before moving to Trainer status it is important that they acquire experience facilitating PreVenture workshops on their own. You can send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in becoming a PreVenture Trainer to info@preventureprogram.com and we will reach out to qualified candidates with more information about the process of becoming a Trainer.

How long is the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:28-04:00

The program consists of two 90-minute workshops. Your facilitator will decide how far apart they are spaced, but there will be at least one week in between.

Is there research supporting the effectiveness of this program?2022-06-14T13:54:46-04:00

Yes! Multiple randomized controlled trials on PreVenture have shown the effectiveness of the program. PreVenture has been recognized as an evidenced-based program by leading authorities such as the US Surgeon General, UNESCO, UNDOC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Do my educators need a background in counselling?2022-04-05T21:35:14-04:00

In order to be eligible to become a PreVenture facilitator, an individual must have experience working with adolescents. Furthermore, they 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the more common questions we get about PreVenture from local community leaders.

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.

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.

How does the program avoid labeling?2022-06-14T14:21:34-04:00

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).

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.

How can I become a PreVenture Trainer so that I can train staff within my organization or community to facilitate the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:35-04:00

PreVenture Trainers must have experience working with youth and a background in mental health. Before moving to Trainer status it is important that they acquire experience facilitating PreVenture workshops on their own. You can send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in becoming a PreVenture Trainer to info@preventureprogram.com and we will reach out to qualified candidates with more information about the process of becoming a Trainer.

How long is the PreVenture program?2022-04-05T21:35:28-04:00

The program consists of two 90-minute workshops. Your facilitator will decide how far apart they are spaced, but there will be at least one week in between.

Is there research supporting the effectiveness of this program?2022-06-14T13:54:46-04:00

Yes! Multiple randomized controlled trials on PreVenture have shown the effectiveness of the program. PreVenture has been recognized as an evidenced-based program by leading authorities such as the US Surgeon General, UNESCO, UNDOC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Do my educators need a background in counselling?2022-04-05T21:35:14-04:00

In order to be eligible to become a PreVenture facilitator, an individual must have experience working with adolescents. Furthermore, they 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 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, learn more about the PreVenture Program, its benefits, and how you can get involved.


    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 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

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