Become a PreVenture Facilitator

PreVenture is a mental health and early intervention program for youth ages 12-17. Developed by Patricia Conrod, PhD at the University of Montreal and used around the world, PreVenture is designed to help at-risk youth learn useful coping skills, set long term goals, and channel their personality towards achieving them.

Overdose Lifeline is licensed to train facilitators in PreVenture in the U.S.

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of adolescents ages 12–17 admit to illicit drug use



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is the median age of onset for illicit drug use



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Implementing PreVenture

in Your Community

If you are a teacher, mental health practitioner, counselor, social worker, and/or prevention specialist, you can become a certified PreVenture facilitator and bring this proven, evidence-based intervention to your community. Connect with a PreVenture team member at Overdose Lifeline.

“As a Certified PreVenture Facilitator, you will be able to make a valuable contribution towards helping teens understand how their personality impacts their life and assist them with learning skills to help them make the best possible choices.”

What to Expect

Unlike universal programs that offer generic coping skills and address normative attitudes around substance misuse, PreVenture focuses expressly on at-risk youth.  The intervention is delivered to youth in a workshop format and introduces motivational pathways and coping skills based on individual personality profiles. These personality profiles are determined by the results of a screening survey called the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS).

PreVenture Intervention



Consent forms are sent out to the parents.


The intended target population complete the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) brief screening survey which identifies program eligible youth and their unique personality profiles.


Eligible youth are informed confidentially in person or in writing and invited to participate in the brief workshops


Two, 90-minute personality specific group workshops are held at least one week apart. The workshops utilize the evidence based curriculum to teach youth how to understand the connection between their personality profile and their behaviors.

PreVenture Training Package:

Over a 2.5-day period you will learn about the evidence base and theoretical approach of Preventure and walk through a hands-on practical experience delivering the PreVenture program using Motivational Interviewing (MI) exercises and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles. Conducted online*

Upon completion you will receive a certification valid for one year. Certification licensing must be renewed annually for continued facilitation.

As part of your training, you will gain access to the website which includes a personalized Facilitator dashboard with tools and support you’ll need to deliver the program successfully, such as:

  • Resources: consent forms, peer-reviewed articles, best practices, school information packet, etc.
  • SURPS (Substance Use Risk Profile Scale): overdose lifeline online tool to create, distribute, collect, and automatically score the SURPS
  • Database: containing each facilitator’s SURPS scores conducted over time
Training and Certificate Fees:
  • 2.5-day Training + Facilitator Manual + Workbooks: $780/person
  • Facilitator Certification*: $120/year
  • High Fidelity Certification Additional $500/person
Trainee must complete two personalities under supervision.
Budget for Other Implementation Costs:

Printed Youth Workbook (4 personality types):

  • Over 400 $12/workbook
  • 200-399 $18/workbook
  • Under 200 $22/workbook

Online Facilitator Bundle $580/bundle:

Each bundle provides 12 digital youth workbooks per 4 personality traits for a total of 48.
Digital workbooks are approx. $12 each and the automated screener is provided for free. Digital workbooks sit in the cloud and are not downloadable. The digital workbooks are password protected for each individual and the program includes a built-in user-friendly annotation tool that allows youth to complete all exercises in the workbooks.
* On-site trainings available. Travel expenses to include accommodations for two trainers, transportation, food, tax, etc., at the federal per diem rate.
** Fees will be paid to the University of Montreal/Dr. Patricia Conrod and is a mandatory requirement to implement the program.
*** It is strongly suggested that a second facilitator assists with implementation. Procedure and commitments are the same as for the primary facilitator.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to have a clinical degree in psychology, counseling, or a similar field to be a facilitator?

Though it is preferred that a facilitator have a background in a clinical field, it is not required. It is, however, expected that facilitators have at least a history of working with vulnerable youth. Studies have shown that teachers are equally suitable implementers of the program.

How many facilitators are needed to deliver the program?

We recommend there to be at least two fully committed facilitators within an organization or community. It is recommended that a community or organization consider the number of adolescents in their area, and base the number of facilitators on this information.

What time commitments are typical for facilitators in implementing PreVenture?

A facilitator should plan to help recruit participating organizations/schools, schedule and screen adolescents, and deliver both workshops for each of the four personality groups. On average, facilitators should plan to spend at least one-half day to screen and score students, and one day for each set of workshops. Time commitments will vary across regions.

Is consent required for adolescents to participate in PreVenture?

Yes, anyone implementing the program, including screening, is required to obtain consent from the parents of adolescents. Parents must be provided with adequate information regarding the program, its implementation, and any risks that may be involved. Please refer to your state and local laws for all applicable regulations.

Can PreVenture be implemented with elementary age students?

PreVenture is designed for adolescents ages 12-17, and thus is suited for middle-school to high-school aged students only.

Can students be placed in a personality workshop without being screened?

All students must be screened before they are placed in a workshop. However, if a student’s score does not make them eligible for the program, they may still participate in the program. This process is outlined during the facilitator training.

Do the student workshops have to be 90-minutes long?

90-minutes is the maximum time that should be spent during a workshop, however, workshops may take less time to complete. The time to finish a workshop session will vary on group size and student participation.

Can the workshops be broken up into short sessions, for example, three 30-minute sessions?

No, the program is designed to be completed in two 90-minute sessions, see above for clarification on workshop length. Modifications to the delivery of the program put the fidelity of the program at risk.

What protections exist to prevent labeling of students eligible and participating in the program?

The screening process does involve specifically identifying students best served by the program, however, anyone who wants to participate may do so. Additionally, the personality assignment of youth is not revealed or discussed with anyone outside of the program facilitators. Students also establish and agree to a confidentiality agreement with one another at the start of the first workshop. The establishment of ground rules and building trust is an essential component of the program.

Can PreVenture be a program adolescents are referred to, or opted into by staff or family?

First and foremost, PreVenture is completely voluntary and a student should never be required to participate if they do not wish to. The workshops are designed to be facilitator mediated peer-to-peer skill building, and thus it is essential to the program that youth participation is voluntary.

Is there any follow-up after the two workshops are finished?

No, there is no other follow-up once workshop #2 is completed for each of the personality groups. The program is designed to be brief, while remaining effective. Screening – Workshop #1 – Workshop #2 – Done.

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