CREDO provides regionally based religious ministry designed to assist the Marine Corps community in developing the personal, relational, and spiritual resources necessary to increase the personal resilience of Marines and their families, and enhance mission readiness. All programs and events are available to service members free of charge.
Service in the Marine Corps presents unique challenges and opportunities. MCIPAC CREDO offers a variety of retreats and workshops that strengthen the religious, moral, and spiritual well-being of Department of the Navy (DON) Service members, civilians, and families, thereby increasing individual and family resilience and enhancing mission readiness.
Our flagship programs are our retreats and workshops for individuals (personal growth), married couples, and families. We also offer suicide intervention training through our three-hour safeTALK and two-day ASIST workshops designed to increase an individual’s competence and confidence in asking directly about suicide and providing suicide first aid to persons at risk. Please visit the tabs below for specific information on each program, registration information and a current schedule.
An earned benefit, Marriage Enrichment Retreats (MERs) are provided at no cost to uniformed service members and their spouses on a first come, first serve basis. Childcare is not provided. MERs are held at local resort hotels for three days and two nights. During the retreat couples will have the opportunity to work on better understanding themselves and their spouses, their personalities and perspectives, and on improving their communication and problem solving skills. The schedule includes plenty of free time for couples to enjoy the sunshine and resort amenities.
An earned benefit, Family Enrichment Retreats (FERs) are provided at no cost to uniformed service members and their dependents on a first come, first serve basis. FERs are held at local resort hotels for three days and two nights. During the retreat families will have the opportunity to learn, practice and explore tools designed to increase healthy communication, explore each family member’s value and worth, and foster a sense of belonging and togetherness. Some sessions include the entire family, others are tailored specifically with break-outs for parents, young children and teenagers. The schedule includes plenty of free time for families to enjoy the sunshine and resort amenities.
An earned benefit, Personal Resiliency Retreats (PRRs) are provided at no cost to uniformed service members on a first come, first serve basis. PRRs are held at local resort hotels for three days and two nights. During the retreat individuals will attend sessions designed to help them better understand their personality and how to more effectively work on a team, explore their own personal core values, and improve their communication and problem solving skills. The schedule includes plenty of free time for families to enjoy the sunshine and resort amenities.
These retreats are generally hosted on behalf of specific commands with only one or two PRRs offered each fiscal year open to all hands registration. If you are interested in having a PRR for your unit, please contact us!
safeTALK is open to uniformed service members and their dependents, DOD civilian employees and contractors, and retirees, safeTALK is a three-hour workshop that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
CREDO Okinawa offers both safeTALK and ASIST as requested and provides these trainings at no cost to the command, hosting them at either the command’s training spaces or our own. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a training.