CREDO is the acronym for the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation, a Chief of Navy Chaplains sponsored relationship enrichment program established in 1971, helping improve job performance and enhancing overall quality of life for active-duty service members and their families. There are 11 CREDO locations worldwide.
According to Recent Studies Sponsored By the Commandant of the Marine Corps, CREDO was voted #1 of the Quality of Life Incentives available to Marines and Sailors.
When Are Programs Held?
CREDO programs are traditionally 48 hours in length held on Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, or Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. All the programs are free to those who attend. All events require advance registration, and space is limited. For more information, please call 910-450-1668.
Who Can Attend A CREDO Program?
Active duty, Retired and Reserve Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard personnel, DoD civilian employees, as well as family members with appropriate ID cards.
CREDO provides an assortment of opportunities to sea service personnel and their families. CREDO’s goal is to help enrich and strengthen individual’s resiliency skills. Join the many who have reaped significant benefits from attending a CREDO retreat.
CREDO provides a FREE weekend away within a positive, safe, and supportive environment to:
Receive a greater understanding yourself and life
Increase trust and self confidence in self and others
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A 48-hour relationship enhancing event based on the work of Dr. John Gottman’s “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”. The weekend allows couples to find a new respect and affection for his/her partner and to practice the principles they have learnt to better positively shape their relationship. Couples who have gone on previous Marriage Enrichment Weekends have found the principles and practice from this event have helped them to remember “why we fell in love with each other.”
A 48-hour experience based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson. This weekend experience focuses on creating and strengthening the marital emotional bond by identifying and transforming the key moments fostering an adult loving relationship. Couples will spend time in small groups with a chaplain and therapist. Attendees must have one or more combat deployments in order to attend the retreat. Couples who go on this weekend experience speak of how it assists them in better knowing how to relate and interact with each other after a deployment.
Ever ask “Why am I so angry?”, or “Why do I not completely fit in?”, or “Why am I doing the same thing over and over?” The Personal Growth Experience offers individuals an opportunity to reflect upon their life – where they’ve been, where they are and where they are heading. This reflection can have an impact upon self-awareness allowing the process of change to occur and allowing positive life changing decisions to occur. This 48 hour event uses various multi-media clips and small group discussion to help facilitate a deeper understanding of self and interaction with others.
This relationship enriching event for the family is designed to assist couples in fostering a positive parenting mind-set. Participants on the retreat will find a wealth of practical ideas and tips on parenting issues and practices. Key parenting principles will be discussed along with suggestions on how to balance time between work and home. This retreat is for the whole family. Children must be ages 5 and older in order to attend, due to nature of the retreat experience.
Specifically designed for youth (ages 8-12) as an opportunity to get away, make new friends and enjoy the atmosphere of a mini-camp. The retreat experience is spiritual in nature. Teens will learn about Christian principles associated with living a successful and godly life.
CREDO Camp Lejeune offers Combat Ready Forces several one-day retreat experiences to enhance war fighter readiness by increasing their family readiness potential. These one day program are most often sponsored by specific units but open registration is allowed. Call (910) 450-1668 for more information. Two such one-day programs are:
Single/Newly Single Warrior Relationship Revelation
Assists Marines and Sailors to make better-informed decisions in dating and on selecting a partner for a lifelong commitment. The one day event is based on popular program “How Not to Marry a Jerk/Jerkette” by Dr. John Van Epp. Participants will take a personality inventory to better understand their personality style and see how it interacts with other personality types. Knowing one’s self is crucial. A lack of understanding of both self and others can lead to tension, disappointment, hut feelings, unmet expectations and poor communication. Once one is able to better understand personality styles they have the key to unlock the mystery of relationships and enjoy a much better life.
Married Warrior Relationship Rejuvenation
This one day marriage enhancing experience covers “The 5 Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman or “His Needs/Her Needs” by Dr. Willard Harley. Both retreats are held at a beautiful seaside setting and includes, all materials and meals. Former attendees have called this event “a breath of fresh air” for their relationship.
“Oh my goodness, C.R.E.D.O. saved my marriage. It was sooo unbelievable how this program aims at finding those feelings that are buried deep within all of us (humans). I encourage every married couple to attend whether to reconnect or for understanding each other.”
- Happy CREDO Customer
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