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Edu 124 Career Planning

This one-credit graded course helps students make satisfying decisions regarding college majors and careers. Students explore career options by learning how their attitudes, beliefs, interests, skills, values, and lifestyle preferences blend with elements of certain occupations. For schedule and registration information, please consult the Campus Connection under the Education Department course listings.

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Edu 123 Study Skills

This is a one-credit graded course that helps students develop skills necessary for successful academic achievement. Course topics include motivation, procrastination, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, and stress management. For schedule and registration information, please consult Campus Connection under Education Department course listings.

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FREE 6-Week Managing Your Mood Workshop

From time to time, most of us have some difficulty managing our emotions or moods, especially when life gets stressful. If you are currently looking for ways to improve your mood or manage your stress, please consider attending our Managing Your Mood Workshop. The Workshop will offer support and teach skills to manage mood and stress.

Thursdays: 2:00 to 3:30pm
JAN. 29 through MARCH 12, 2015  (Please attend all 6 meetings)
Registration is Required---Call 701-231-7671 or email

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Older, Wiser Learners! OWLS!

Starting college after time off? Returning to school after time in the workforce or deployment? Looking to create some new connections and supports while also talking about things like study skills, career decisions, and finding supports on campus? Then stop by our Older Wiser Learners (OWL) group for all this and more! We meet Tuesdays @ 3:30 in Ceres 212. Questions?? Contact

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Meditation for Stress Management And Improved Focus

**PLEASE NOTE GROUP IS CANCELED ON MONDAY 4/27** Sorry for any inconvenience.

Spring semester meetings Mondays at 3:00 through finals week (May 11th). Starting on May 18th, we will begin meeting at our summer time, Mondays at 2:00.

The Meditation Group offered by the Counseling Center is a chance to get together with others in the NDSU community to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, and well-being. The group, which has been ongoing since Fall 2001, is open to NDSU students, faculty, and staff, and is free of charge. All levels are welcome! Beginners can learn and practice meditation basics, while those more experienced with meditation can maintain their meditation practice in an informal group environment.

Mindfulness is a way of being that involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable "ups and downs" of life.

New members are always welcome, and no advance registration is necessary; feel free to show up any time during the semester if interested! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and be sure to arrive on time since the door is locked once the meditation begins. Chairs and meditation cushions will be avalable, depending on preference. All sessions are held in the Counseling Center, 212 Ceres Hall, in the group testing room. (Note: Please stop to announce yourself at the reception desk before proceeding back to the room.)

It is not necessary to come to all the meetings in order to attend the group; you are welcome to attend whenever you can. Please note, however, that it is important to arrive on time when you come, as the door is locked promptly at the start of meditation to avoid interruptions.

Please keep watching this site for announcements of updates, cancellations and changes.

View our Meditation & Mindfulness Page, including general information, suggested readings and links to online audio meditations.

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Recovery Support Group (alcohol and other drugs)

A free group, open to any NDSU student who has concerns related to substance abuse or dependence. 
No registration needed-you may begin attending at any time.
Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 p.m., starting 1/29/15 in 212 Ceres Hall.
Please contact or call 231-7671 with any questions!

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Graduate Student Support Group

Open to any NDSU graduate student. Group focus is to provide a safe place for students to meet one another, discuss challenges and struggles they may be experiencing while working in their graduate program or within the personal life, and to be able to build friendships and offer support to fellow graduate students across academic disciplines. 

This Spring the group will meet on Fridays from 12pm-1:30pm in the Counseling Center group room.   If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at


If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

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Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop Spring 2015

Free 8-week workshop at the Counseling Center for NDSU students, faculty, and staff!

According to author Jon Kabat-Zinn, "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment." (Kabat-Zinn, J. ,1994, Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.p. 4). 

Mindfulness is a way of being in which you bring awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable "ups and downs" of life. 

This workshop is geared towards those who are either brand new or relatively new to mindfulness. It can either stand alone, or serve as a precursor for those who would like more familiarity with mindfulness before attending the Counseling Center's ongoing weekly Meditation for Stress Management Group (see above). 

Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of discussion, readings, handouts, and a variety of experiential mindfulness meditation practices. The goal of the workshop will be to plant seeds from which participants can grow their own mindfulness practice and start to apply mindfulness in their daily lives.

The weekly topics are as follows:

Week 1) Introduction/Automatic Pilot
Week 2) Mindfulness of the Body
Week 3) Mindfulness of the Breath
Week 4) Radical Acceptance
Week 5) Mindfulness of Thoughts
Week 6) Mindfulness of Emotions
Week 7) Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
Week 8) Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation

This free 8-week workshop will meet weekly on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. from February 19th  through April 16th at the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) group room (no meeting during spring break, March 19th).

Advance sign-up (by calling the Counseling Center, 701-231-7671) is necessary before 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 13th  in order to plan appropriately for the number of participants.

Please note that attendance at the first session is mandatory in order to attend the remainder of the sessions, since the first session introduces mindfulness, and is the foundation on which all the following sessions will be based.  It is also highly recommended that you commit to attend all the following sessions, both because each session builds on the next, and also because group discussions will be an important part of the workshop--so each member’s participation adds to the benefit of the group experience.

Please also note that in order to participate in the Intro. to Mindfulness Workshop, you must be part of the NDSU campus community (student, faculty, or staff member).

For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page

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North Dakota State University
Counseling Center
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7671
Campus address: Ceres Hall 212
Physical/delivery address: 212 Ceres Hall, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5120 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:19:33 AM