Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operations

Building 29, First Floor, Room 100  |  703-693-4840  |  Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM  | See map
Behavioral Health Branch

C.R.E.D.O.

Provides programs for personal growth, character development, team building, ethical leadership, and workshops on marriage and family enrichment as well as spiritual growth.

Since its inception in 1971, CREDO retreats continue to provide programs for personal growth, character development, team building, ethical leadership, and workshops on marriage and family enrichment as well as spiritual growth. The retreats provide participants the opportunity to develop new perspectives about their relationships with family and friends, the military, and spiritual traditions. Best of all it is FREE, including room and meals.

CREDO Naval District Washington: 202-767-5902/5900
or Base Claplain Office: 703-614-9280


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Retreats/Workshops

Marine family All retreats are free, including room and meals.

All CREDO retreats are open to all active duty military and their immediate family members, and members of reserve components in an active status and their immediate family members.

Pre-registration; call 202-767-5902/5900 to register or for information.

Personal Resiliency Retreat (PRR)

Participants often describe PRRs as a positive “turning point” in their lives. PRRs provide a safe –space and a proven opportunity for self-reflection and development of new personal and spiritual viewpoints on life issues. This retreat is not designed to fix or diagnose problems: rather it is an opportunity for participants to find hope and healing through the sharing of their story in a supportive community process. The PRR is located at the Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Rd Ellicott City, MD 21042.

2014: August 15–17.

Marriage Enrichment Retreat:

MERs focus on deepening married Couple’s commitment, self-understanding of each other while ensuring space for individual couple time. Couples are responsible for setting up their own childcare. MERs help enrich marriages and are not a substitute for marital or individual counseling. The MER is located at the Hilton Crystal City Ronald Reagan National Airport at 2399 Jefferson Davis HWY Arlington, VA 22201.

2014: August 8–10, August 22–24.

Family Enrichment Retreat (FER)

Families, in an interactive method, learn practical skills based on proven principals that can help resolve conflict, build encouragement within families and instill effective discipline to bring out the best in each family member. FERs include time for families to rest and play together. (The IA FER is reserved for families of recently returned IAs or that are deployed. The retreat includes space to address IA related issues.)

Individual Augmentee (IA) Warrior Transition Workshop (WTW)

This is a practical two-hour self-assessment workshop designed for all Individual Augmentees (IA) after having returned from IA duty for two or more months. The WTW will help IAs identify any assistances they may need or help them self-confirm that they are experiencing a normal readjustment.

IA Warrior Transition Retreat (WTR)

This is a extend opportunity designed to assist returned IAs with their readjustment from GWOT deployments. Participants will be provided the chance to address lingering readjustment challenges or issues they may be facing because of their IA deployment. During the retreat IAs share their experience with other IAs as they learn to discriminate between normal readjustment experiences and possible stress injuries.

Spiritual Growth Retreat (SGR)

Participants focus on developing their core spiritual life. A SGR uses both personal and group exercises that are oriented around rest, re-creation, and reflection to aid personnel spiritual growth. Spirituality is broader than any particular faith tradition, so participants may come from various faith backgrounds.

Single Sailor Retreat (SR)

Singles enter into an interactive process that provides them many opportunities to care for the body, mind and spirit while having fun. Personal awareness, self-management and relationship development will be emphasized throughout the retreat.

Women’s Retreat (WR)

The women’s retreat is specifically designed for women to reflect on their journey as a woman, their spiritual path in the company of other women and to re-energize for work and family. Through readings, small groups and other exercises women are helped to reconnect and as needed to look at their hopes, desires, fears and dreams.

PGW

The personal growth workshop is two days long and is included in the Navy’s BEARINGS program. Attendee’s are normally first or second term Sailors.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop for identified Command Personnel, Chaplains, RPs and selected DOD/DON personnel. Best Practice: Recommend each Command’s Suicide Prevention Program have ASIST Trained “First Responders”. 1.3 CEUs for Active /Reserve.

CREDO is a program of the Navy Chaplain Corps. The CREDO programs and personnel are operationally focused, family supportive, and flexible in the provision of ministry. The CREDO SFD’s efforts are designed to meet these service demands by 1) maximizing operational impact, 2) offering standard retreat and training programs, and 3) clarifying responsibilities.

CREDO Retreats enhance the Navy Chaplain Corps goal of developing spiritually fit sea warriors and family who are trained in ethics, morally grounded, family supportive, spiritually ready, sustained in her/his religious freedom, and mission capable.