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A Workshop that Helps Teens Develop Healthy Coping Skills.

Predicting teenage behavior and providing a bridge between youth and mental wellbeing.

What PreVenture Looks Like

The PreVenture program was developed and tested by Dr. Patricia Conrod, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal, Canada. PreVenture introduces cognitive behavioral strategies and coping skills to youth based on their individual personality style.


PreVenture is administered by a trained facilitator in a supportive and comfortable environment.
NEW: Online delivery of PreVenture is now available!


The Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) identifies program eligible youth and their unique personality styles.


The workshops help youths to understand the connection between their personality style and their behaviors.

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Beyond Numbers

PreVenture reveals key information about participants’ behaviors relating to substance use motives, drugs of choice, patterns of coping, and sensitivity. Multiple studies have shown PreVenture to be 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

This workshop really helped me to understand my anger.

Student participantUK study

The Four Personality Styles

The personality questionnaire (SURPS) identifies which of the following four personality styles youth align with most.


Impulsivity is about acting on the spur of the moment without thinking much about the consequences of an action.

Sensation Seeking

Sensation seeking is the need for excitement, even if it means engaging in risky behaviors.

Anxiety Sensitivity

Anxiety sensitivity comes with uncomfortable physical sensations when anxious, and worrying about situations that will make these sensations appear.

Negative Thinking

Negative thinking is about feeling sad and hopeless, constantly finding the negatives in life’s events.

Why PreVenture Works

It Provides Answers

PreVenture focuses on youth and introduces cognitive behavioral strategies and coping skills based on individual personality styles

It Promotes Support

A trained facilitator provides group workshops in a supportive and comfortable environment.

It Encourages Mental Wellness

At its core, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy help youths to understand and manage their risky behaviors.

It’s Evidence-Based

The PreVenture program is based on scientific evidence replicated in trials around the world.

Want to Know More?

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