Life Skills

Marine Corps Community Services
Camp Allen
1251 Yalu Street
Norfolk, Virginia  23515-4693
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Life Skills



Life Skills training and education offers various workshops that will provide the skills and tools to help enhance personal growth, communication, and education for Marines, Sailors, and their families. Communication, leadership, personal development, and professional growth are important to all Marines and their loved ones. Life Skills courses serve to meet our community’s need for intellectual stimulation and self-improvement by offering a variety of training options.

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (P.R.E.P.)

Learn the strategies that will help any couple build a wonderful relationship!
PREP presents strategies for facilitating couples through research-examined methods of active communication, respectful conflict resolution and binding commitment skills that offer couples the chance to work towards quality marital satisfaction through a structured environment of enthusiastic involvement in discussion-centered activities. Whether you're engaged, newlyweds or married 20 years, this Marriage Enrichment Workshop is for you! For everyone wanting to be understood, here's a simple, yet effective tool to bring insight and closeness to your relationship.

This workshop empowers couples to:

  • Replace communication danger signs with proactive strategies for respectful talking and listening.
  • Explore sharing fun and satisfying intimate needs by working as a team to nurture and support each other.
  • Practice managing stress and reducing the negative effects of stress on a relationship.
  • Recognizing and communicating issues and expectations, including planning for the future.
  • Investigate the impact that past experiences can have on a couple’s future.
  • Acknowledge long-term satisfaction through the gift of commitment.


PREP is not therapy and is probably unlike anything to which you have been exposed. No "encounter" group or sharing of personal concerns, no dry psychobabble... simply thrilling insights into a more loving, growth-filled relationship!

Please contact Tracy Fearon for more information @ 757-445-6875 orfearontl@usmc-mccs.org. All childcare associated with MCFTB trainings are reimbursed.


Family Care Plan


This course will educate Marines and their families on the basics of a Family Care Plan. It will outline the importance of a Family Care Plan, and the importance of always having it updated. Family Care Plan briefs are done at the request of a command. To schedule a brief, please contact Tracy Fearon @ 757-445-6875 or fearontl@usmc-mccs.org..

Casualty Notification Process – Scared of “The Call”? The Casualty Process De-Mystified

This workshop will help minimize stress and confusion by providing a brief overview on the casualty process, the role of the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO), and information on benefits, support services and organizations. It will help you understand the definition of a “casualty” as it refers to the Marine Corps, and discusses the casualty notification process for all casualties. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org

Safe and Sound at Home

This module provides important safety precautions for Marine Corps families, and instills spouses/family members with the ability and confidence to be responsible for their personal safety and the safety of their families while their Marines are deployed. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org

Basic Anger Management

This workshop is a basic overview of anger management. It provides education on the dynamics of anger and offers a variety of acceptable coping strategies to handle angry feelings and behaviors. Basic Anger Management workshops are done at the request of a command. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org

4 Lenses

This fun, interactive workshop will help assess and evaluate individual’s personality preference while learning to value and understand the personality preferences of those around them. Participants learn how to open the lines of communication, reduce personal misunderstandings, and strengthen their relationships, both personally and professionally. Completing this workshop and implementing the tools into daily life will empower participants to improve aspects of every relationship in their lives. 4 LensesTM workshops are done at the request of a command. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org.  

Social Networking Safety

This workshop addresses the dangers and risks, as well as positive outcomes, associated with social networking. The workshop also provides Marines and their families with information on how to protect themselves and family members, and ways to stay safe while on the internet and on social networking sites. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org.

Emergency Preparedness

The Marine Corps encourages all personnel to maintain a basic level of preparedness for all potential hazards. Preventing loss of life and minimizing property damage are responsibilities shared by all. It is important that Marine families prepare themselves for all types of emergencies, to increase their personal sense of security and peace of mind. This workshop contains information regarding actions that Marines and families should take to be informed and prepared in the event of natural and man-made hazards. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org.   

Interpersonal Communication

This workshop is an educational experience to increase using more effective communication skills, and to promote healthy relationships. Its focus is preventative in nature, enabling Marines and their families to function more effectively at home and at work thereby supporting personal self-sufficiency and operational readiness in the field. To schedule a workshop, please contact Doretta Richardson @ 757-445-6875 or richardsondr@usmc-mccs.org.